Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

2020 Summary Page

2020 Summary Page

MASTS 10th Annual Science Meeting 2020: "MASTS - A decade of innovation"

To see what and who featured check out our programme available here.

Global plenary speakers:

  • Matthew Dawkins (Senior R&D Engineer, Kitware, USA) – Video and Image Analytics for Marine Environments (VIAME), an Open-Source Do-it-yourself AI Toolkit
  • Peter Macreadie (Deakin University, Australia) –  Blue carbon and coastal environments
  • Gideon Henderson (Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK) – why Does the UK Government Care About the Ocean?
  • Kerstin Forsburg (Founder & Director of Planeta Oceano, Peru) – Multi-disciplinary and Participatory strategies for marine conservation

We had open to all themed sessions with Q&A and live new ePosters everyday. Check out the (very short) video abstracts by clicking on the session names below.

5th Oct
6th Oct
7th Oct
8th Oct
9th Oct


Every day we had a new round of live ePosters for attendees to explore

The 2020 ASM saw MASTS celebrate it’s tenth annual conference. We looked back at the significant progress made by our partners and collaborators, and look forward to 2021, which sees the start of the decade of ocean science for sustainable development. We examined the modern challenges that face our marine waters, and identify ways and means to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. 

This cross-disciplinary meeting brought together members of the marine science community, with the aim of promoting and communicating research excellence and forging new scientific collaborations. The nature of the event as well as the high calibre of the selected talks means that scientists can broaden their knowledge in marine science as well as benefit from expertise and ideas gained in a range of fields other than their own. We also hosted a number of workshops during the event.

We were delighted that IMarEST sponsored the student prizes for the 2020 ASM. Well done to our winners: 

Best talks: Celeste Kellock (University of Stirling) and Izzy Langley (University of St Andrews)

Best ePosters: Corallie Hunt (University of St Andrews) and Natalie Isakkson (University of Highland & Islands)

Winners of the Best Presentation and Poster will be invited to attend the IMarEST Scottish Branch evening lecture to obtain their certificate and prize (travel cost to be reimbursed by IMarEST). You must be a student member of IMarESt to be eligible for these prizes. Join for free here.

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