Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Annual Science Meeting

working to reverse the tide on climate and global change.

5 -7 Oct 2021

In October 2021, we celebrated our eleventh annual conference online! This cross-disciplinary online meeting brought together members of the global marine science community, with the aim of promoting and communicating research excellence and forging new scientific collaborations.

This online event saw expert plenary speakers and contributed talks and e-posters outlining the latest research and management practices that address key topics related to marine science and management in the face of global climate change. 

Plenary speakers were: 

  • Beth Stoker (Head of Marine Monitoring and Evidence, JNCC): Marine conservation: Working across boundaries
  • Jeff Ardron (Adviser, Ocean Governance, The Commonwealth Secretariat) – The climate crisis is also an ocean crisis
  • Antony Firth, MCIfA (Co-Chair Ocean Decade Heritage Network) – Cultural Heritage and the UN Ocean Decade: applying human time-depth to Ocean Science, Policy and Sustainable Development
  • Michael Begg (Award Winning Sound Artist, OCEAN ARTic Partnership) – Light Water is Black Water: OCEAN ARTic partnership’s creative innovation for public engagement in climate science
  • Susan Davies (CEO, Scottish Seabird Centre): Climate & Nature Crisis: role of effective science
  • David Pratt & Drew Milne (Marine Scotland) & Prof Tavis Potts (University of Aberdeen) – Tackling climate change with offshore renewables: ambitions in Scotland

Sessions (abstracts linked)


Plus, we held two lunchtime MASTS ASM Webinars on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity sessions, co-ordinated by the Challenger Society. 

5th: This session consisted of a panel discussion about experiences in marine science. Speakers included Madeline Anderson (UKPN), Huw Griffiths (BAS), Donna Frater (NERC), Renuka Badhe (Women in Polar Science).

6th: Chaired by Ellen Johannesen from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the second session featured short talks about individual researchers’ case studies and best practice.


See who featured here

Sea lice dispersal modelling and population assessment. Topic: Where are the gaps in the current research and monitoring? 

The annual Society for Underwater Technology’s workshop – Decommissioning, Spatial Custodianship and Climate Emergency – How do we achieve joined-up policies? 

Student Prizes

IMarEST will kindly provided prizes for the best student talk and e-poster and the runner-ups. 

Best Presentation 

  • 1st place – Hannah Lee (Heriot-Watt University) – Balancing the equation: ‘Blue carbon’ and the native European oyster (Ostrea edulis). Read about the project here
  • 2nd place – Emily Hague (Heriot Watt University) – ‘Many a mickle makes a muckle’: considering cumulative stressors on marine mammals. Watch here

Best Poster 

  • 1st place – Ellie MacLennan (University of St Andrews) – A multidisciplinary approach to tackling entanglement. Watch here
  • 2nd place – Greig Govenlock (University of St Andrews) – Emerging Marine Biosensors. Watch here 

The MASTS Oil and Gas Environment research forum ran a special e-poster session. E-posters were judged by a panel of industry experts from SubseaUK, Oil and Gas UK and Decom North Sea.

Best Oil and Gas poster

  • Jessica Gomez-Banderas (PhD student at the National Decommissioning Centre in Aberdeen) – Development of a biofilm growth inhibition assay to aid the discovery of natural product antifouling compounds. watch here

Speaking at the 11th MASTS Annual Science Meeting? Guidance on how to record yourself can be found here

If you would like to get involved or have a query, please drop us an email.

ASM Organising Committee

The 2020 MASTS ASM was organised by Dr Emma Defew (MASTS Programme Coordinator) & Hannah Ladd-Jones (MASTS Engagement)

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See what featured in our first-ever online Annual Science Meeting in 2020 here

Check out some of the images from the 2019 ASM on the slideshow below.

MASTS Resources

We’re working behind the scenes to bring you a suite of useful, and updateable, resources including: 

  • Find an expert
  • Find facilities & equipment
  • MASTS Publications


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