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Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Annual Science Meeting

5 - 7 November 2024

Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

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MASTS ASM 2024 – Marine science in an ocean of change

5th-7th November at the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The fourteenth MASTS Annual Science Meeting is a cross-disciplinary event that brings together members of the marine science community, with the aim of promoting and communicating research excellence and forging new scientific collaborations. The event will take place in-person in Glasgow, although we will also provide some limited online attendance options too.

The first two days will bring together expert plenary speakers and contributed talks, panel sessions 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 and a biodiversity crisis. Alongside our general science sessions, the event will include special topic sessions, and plenty of opportunities to network. There will also be a ceilidh to enjoy! The third day is devoted to workshops.

Keynote speakers:
  • Prof Mark Inall
  • Dr Michelle Jackson (Oxford University) whose research interests lie in understanding individual-to-ecosystem level responses to environmental change
Call for Abstracts

Abstracts for talks and posters are now invited for our general science sessions or one of our five special sessions (see details below). Please complete our abstract template document and submit by email to before 1600 on Thursday 22nd August.

All presenters are encouraged to not solely focus on past and current research but reflect on gaps of knowledge and future research directions. Talks should be accessible to other disciplines, by avoiding jargon and keeping technical details simple.

  • Multiple Stressors (Promoted by the MASTS Aquatic Stressors Forum, led by Karen Diele and Frances Orton). Abstracts are invited for 10-15 minute presentations. Papers can be offered in any field of study related to multiple aquatic stressors (marine, estuarine, freshwater), including, but not exclusively, chemical pollutants, noise, climate change, sewage, electrical fields, multi-variate analysis and modelling etc. 


  • Sea lice surveillance and modelling (Promoted by Sandy Murray, Marine Directorate). Abstracts are invited for 15-minute presentations (10-minute talk with 5 minutes for questions); shorter 5 minute talks will also be considered for specific techniques. Papers can be offered in any field of study applied to sea lice surveillance and/or the modelling of sea lice transmission or infection processes, including, but not exclusively, surveillance techniques, surveillance strategies, specific applications of models, validation of models, dealing with uncertainties when applying model results, including using ensemble approaches.
  • Deep Sea (Promoted by the MASTS Deep Sea Forum, led by Johanne Vad & Dominique Anderson). The Deep-Sea Forum invites abstracts for 12-minute presentations, posters, or e-posters, for a special session focussed on deep-sea research. Contributions are welcome across a broad range of fields applied to the deep sea including, but not exclusively, oceanography, biogeochemistry, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, policy etc.


  • Marine Biogeochemistry (Promoted by the MASTS Marine Biogeochemistry Forum, led by Alex Poulton & Robyn Tuerena). Abstracts are invited for 15-minute presentations (12-minute talk with 3 minutes for questions). Papers can be offered in any field of study applied to marine biogeochemical processes (from local to global scale), including, but not exclusively, marine carbon drawdown, macro and micro-nutrients, phytoplankton dynamics, marine feedback processes.


  • Marine Mammals in an ocean of change (Promoted by Emily Hague). Abstracts are invited for 12-minute presentations or 5-minute speed talks, for a special session that will explore the theme: ‘Marine mammals in an Ocean of Change’. Contributions are welcomed from all career stages, from anyone working on this topic that would like to present (e.g. academia, consultancy, industry). We would encourage talks on topics related to marine mammals and changing oceans (for example, related to climate change, anthropogenic impacts (e.g. fishing activity, vessels, renewable developments)). Projects do not need to be complete or have results to be considered for inclusion, we would welcome early-stage PhD students or similar to consider submitting abstracts.


* An ePoster is an electronic version of the traditional poster boards, and is displayed on a TV monitor/screen. The ePoster may include text, figures and images, as well as video and animation. Read our guidelines here. Eposters will need to be submitted to before close on 21/10/24.

We encourage all presenters to read our general accessibility guidance here to ensure our event is available to all.

Details of confirmed workshops are below.

Workshop information

Designing experiments that measure the response of (marine) organisms to multiple simultaneous environmental changes requires a good understanding of how to translate questions about biotic response to multiple drivers into a tractable research question, and then how to design and analyse an experiment that actually answers the question.

This workshop is aimed at students and early career researchers new to multiple driver experiments. It is focused on the design of manipulation (laboratory or field) experiments, though many of the concepts are applicable to observational data.  Exemplar workshops can be found at The workshop is offered by the SCOR project “Changing Oceans Biological Systems” and uses the resources in the online MEDDLE resource at

This workshop is mainly a repeat of the workshop that took place at the 2023 ASM, but with the addition of some statistical resources to aid in data analysis.

Expected Outcomes/Outputs: This practical workshop will explore defining research questions, designing multiple driver experiments, and present an overview of statistical methods for analysing multiple driver experiments. Participants will work in pairs to define and design an experiment and its analysis.

Max 20 participants

This workshop will be led by Dr Sinead Collins (University of Edinburgh) & Dr Matt Wale (ENU).

This is a MASTS Coastal Forum workshop to engage researchers and stakeholders on ecosystem-based approaches in our coastal[*] waters. This workshop is important as it can support bringing state-of-the-art research and practice on this topic together, so that we can collectively contribute to the Scottish Government’s Blue Economy Vision. The first outcome of the Scottish Government’s Blue Economy Vision for Scotland sets out:

“Scotland’s marine ecosystems are healthy and functioning, with nature protected and activities managed using an ecosystem-based approach to ensure negative impacts on marine ecosystems are minimised and, where possible, reversed.”

The numerous, complex interacting biophysical, chemical and/or human pressures on estuarine, coastal and marine environments are difficult to constrain and quantify and the impacts on ecosystems and our human society that depends on these for food, livelihoods and reduction of climate change related risks can be far-reaching. This workshop is intended to facilitate a roundtable discussion, as well as breakout group discussions, to address questions relating to this Scottish Government policy outcome for Scottish shelf seas.

Key questions that we will discuss include:

  • How do we analyse the impacts of marine pressures at the ecosystem level?
  • How can a “marine net gain” approach be applied to reverse existing or expected negative impacts.
  • What tools do we have to investigate mitigation?
  • How can we ensure ecosystem-based approaches to marine resource management are designed alongside other, land-based/societal measures that improve local livelihoods and their resilience to marine stressors, resource depletion and growing coastal climate change (flooding, erosion) impacts on community resilience and business continuity (e.g. fisheries, tourism).


We would like to encourage workshop participants to submit ideas for questions they would like discussed as part of the roundtable and small group discussions. 

Expected Outcomes/Outputs:

  • Identify tools and approaches that are applicable to the first outcome of the Scottish Government’s Blue Economy Vision.
  • Develop understanding of recent and ongoing research in the area of ecosystem-based science in Scottish shelf seas and identify knowledge gaps.
  • Connect researchers and stakeholders with an active interest in this area and how the Coastal Forum can facilitate future engagement.

[*] By coastal we mean all waters that are brackish to fully saline, which extend from estuarine rivers out until the continental shelf.

This workshop is being run by Prof Larissa Naylor & Dr Kieran Tierney (University of Glasgow). Together, Larissa and Kieran co-convene the MASTS Coastal Forum.

This workshop will aim to finalise a StoryMap to visualise climate change impacts on Scottish deep-seas, creating a cross-disciplinary tool to provide an overview of our current knowledge and existing research gaps. This is main output of the MASTS Working Group on “Understanding Climate Change Impacts around Scottish Deep Seas”. The story map will illustrate changes happening now and expected under future climate change scenarios, in line with IPCC timelines. It will highlight variations in biotic and abiotic factors, including temperature, salinity, carbon sequestration, and species ranges, as well as showcase data technologies and identify hotspots of industry pressures and climate change risks.

Expected Outcomes/Outputs:

The creation of an interactive tool to visualise climate change impacts on Scottish deep seas targeted to a broad audience, from the general public to policy makers.

Workshop hosted by Prof William Austin (University of St Andrews) and Prof Hilary Kennedy (Bangor University, Emeritus).

Guest plenary from Prof Phil Williamson

More details to follow soon!

Want to be an Exhibitor at the conference?

The facilities of the Technology & Innovation Centre are available to exhibitors during the MASTS ASM. Exhibitors will be in the main conference lobby and are expected to stay for the duration of the conference. To have a stand at the conference please contact us at

ASM Organising Committee

The MASTS ASM is being organised by Dr Emma Defew (MASTS Programme Coordinator) & Philip Bell-Young (MASTS Comms and Outreach Officer)

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

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

Access Statement

The event will take place in a variety of rooms in the Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC). A full access guide for the TIC is here. Including information regarding accessible toilet locations, lifts and outside access. Directly from the TIC “Events in the Technology & Innovation Centre: an A–Z Guide

The event’s reception and posters will be in the main conference lobby on the ground floor at the TIC. Seating is available around the lobby, although this is limited and we ask that this is prioritised for disabled attendees. There are plenty of quiet areas around the TIC. Dietary requirements will be catered for.


Technology & Innovation Centre, 
99 George Street, 
Glasgow, G1 1RD

+44 (0) 141 444 7000

If you have any questions, requests, or concerns about access at this event, please contact MASTS at

Student Prizes

We are delighted that IMarEST have kindly agreed to sponsor the student prizes again for the 2024 ASM.

You must be a student member of IMarEST to be eligible to win a prize, but membership is free. Sign up here

Congratulations to the 2023 winners:

  • Best poster – Julia Steel (Heriot Watt University) – Turning the Tide: Investigating Barriers to Women’s Inclusion in Scottish Aquaculture.
  • Runner up poster – Grant Ellis (University of St Andrews) – Towards improved conservation of the east coast of Scotland bottlenose dolphin population: quantifying and understanding a major range expansion into northeast England.
  • Best talk – Amber Cowans (University of St Andrews) – Remote sensing and machine learning helps quantify spatial variation in bird communities in response to human recreation.
  • Runner up talk – Tim Awbery (SAMS) – Dynamic Habitat Suitability Models of Minke Whales on the West Coast of Scotland.


Don’t forget to stay up to date on the ASM by following us on Twitter or LinkedIn! #MASTSasm2024

See what has featured in our previous Annual Science Meetings here

Check out some of the images from the 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.