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

We can’t wait for you to join us as we celebrate our eleventh annual conference! This cross-disciplinary online meeting brings 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 will bring together 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. You will also be able to enjoy networking with your peers and making new contacts, and connecting with a global and inclusive audience. Last year we welcomed over 500 attendees from 28 countries!

Plenary speakers include: 

  • 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 communication
  • 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! Free Lunchtime MASTS ASM Webinars on Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity sessions, co-ordinated by the Challenger Society. 

Both sessions will run from 13:00 – 14:30 via Zoom. Sign up required!

5th: This session will consist of introductions from our members and then a panel discussion about their experience in marine science. speakers include Madeline Anderson (UKPN), Huw Griffiths (BAS), Donna Frater (NERC), Renuka Badhe (Women in Polar Science). Sign up link here

6th: Chaired by Ellen Johannesen from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the second session will be more of a traditional conference session with short talks about individual researchers’ case studies and best practice. Sign up link here


Are available throughout the ASM via the ePoster and exhibitor hall. See who will feature here

Sea lice dispersal modelling and population assessment. Topic: Where are the gaps in the current research and monitoring? 7th October, 09:30 – 17:00, Zoom. More info and sign up here

The annual Society for Underwater Technology’s workshop – Decommissioning, Spatial Custodianship and Climate Emergency – How do we achieve joined-up policies? An open to all workshop with live Q&A with speakers 7th October, 09:30 – 17:00, Hopin. View the programme here

Student Prizes

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

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) - The Science Council ~ : The Science Council ~


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)

You can stay up to date by following us on Twitter or LinkedIn

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


If you would like to be updated when the resources section is live please let us know.