Prof. Aldo Drago, is currently the Co-Ordinator of the Physical Oceanography Research Group (PO-Res. Grp., ex Physical Oceanography Unit, PO-Unit) within the Department of Geosciences. The PO-Res.Grp undertakes oceanographic research, in a holistic perspective, including operational marine observations and forecasts, specialised data management analysis and participation in international cooperative research ventures. The PO-Res.Grp promotes activities in operational oceanography with the installation and maintenance of permanent sea monitoring systems, and the provision of meteo-marine forecasts and related downstream services. Under his direction, the PO-Res.Grp has strengthened its activities, know-how and capability through the participation in several EU funded regional and pan-European scientific projects, INTERREG and MED Programme projects. Prof. Drago set up the PO-Unit in the early 90s and later obtained his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Southampton in 1999. His initial engagement was with the Malta Council for Science and Technology in 1991, where he conducted a number of programmes and initiatives both locally and internationally as Coordinator of the Marine Sciences Network. He served as the Maltese delegate to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and to the International Commission for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean (CIESM), the National Representative for the Committee on the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE/IOC), and Malta's lead delegate on the European Earth Monitoring Programme (GMES) User Forum. He served as Director of Research within the IOI-Malta Operational Centre since May 2000 and became Director of the Centre in 2006. He planned and initiated the IOI Malta course on Regional Ocean Governance in 2005. Prof. Drago has been instrumental in consolidating the regional framework to promote and execute operational oceanography in the Mediterranean. From 1998 to 2013, he served as the Executive Secretary of MedGOOS, the Global Ocean Observing System for the Mediterranean, with office in Malta. He is currently the national pivot in the BlueMed initiative for Blue Growth, and the vice-chair of the University Maritime Platform. Prof. Drago coordinates the M.Sc. in Applied Oceanography.