Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

2021 ASM Summary

5-7 October 2021, Online


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, 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. Access the programme here to see all speakers names and abstracts

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 

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

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? 

ASM Organising Committee

The 2021 MASTS ASM was organised by Dr Emma Defew (MASTS Programme Coordinator) & Hannah Ladd-Jones (MASTS Engagement).

MASTS Resources

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  • MASTS Publications


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