Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland


Below we list MASTS and non-MASTS public events. If you have an event you would like the MASTS community to know about please get in touch

Events & Webinars

The 4th series of the MASTS webinars commences 15th February 2023! Every 2 weeks we will bring you a 30 minute webinars, for free which includes the live Q&A. The presenters are MASTS members and will showcase some of their excellent work.

See who is speaking, dates, talk titles and sign up links here!

16 May 16:00 – 17:15 AESIS Webinar: Inclusive Approaches to Societal Impact

This webinar will focus on what developments, perspectives and facilities are necessary to make sure that not only the science-ecosystem aspires equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Similarly, it will also reflect that impact of science on society and engagement with communities should be designed to have widespread value and includes marginalised groups. sign up here

16-18 May training course: Big Marine Data Analytics and Models, Thessaloniki, Greece (application to join: closed)

In this course, practical methodologies for marine data analysis and modelling will be presented. These methods will be applied to marine data such as vessel transmitted data, species observation records, and catch and vessel time series that fall into the Big Data category. These data are crucial to safeguard food availability and economic welfare, which are fundamental to human life. For example, predicting the impact of climate change on species habitat distribution contributes to avoiding economic and biodiversity collapse due to sudden ecosystem change. Likewise, monitoring the effect of overfishing on fish stocks and marine biodiversity prevents ecosystem and economic collapse. More here

16 – 18 May SMMR ConferenceBristol [abstracts: closed, registration open]

Any talk demonstrating interdisciplinary research relevant to the management of marine resources would be welcome, and we are particularly interested in abstracts across SMMR’s three main themes. You don’t have to be involved in a SMMR funded project to submit an abstract. Presenters are encouraged to not solely focus on past and current research, but to reflect on gaps of knowledge and future research directions. More here

16 – 17 May SAIC Sustainable Aquaculture Summit conference, Glasgow [registration open]

Join us for two days of ideas, conversations and knowledge exchange focused on three themes: Fish Health Matters, Innovation With Impact, and Sustainable Foods, Strong Communities. Sign up here

16-17 May SAGES Annual Science Meeting, Aberdeen [save the date]

22–25 May Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity, Portugal (Abstract submission: closed)

The International Symposium on the “Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity” will highlight the latest research on changes in marine functional connectivity caused by human impacts and on the possible management options for preserving this ecosystem property. event page here

22 – 26 May 10th International Crustacean Congress, Wellington, New Zealand (abstracts: closed)

The Crustacean Society is pleased to invite you to the 10th International Crustacean Congress in Wellington, New Zealand, in May 2023 for the Congress’s first in-person meeting in a long time. The organizers are currently accepting suggestions for special sessions and symposia (with a chance to win free registration following a short survey!) Event website here

24 May 10:00 – 11:45 The Future of UK Fisheries Management, online

Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) represent the key mechanism through which the JFS will be implemented, and will set out evidence-based action plans for managing specific UK fisheries. These FMPs will be based on scientific data and developed in partnership with the fishing industry, and will help deliver ambitions for the future of UK fisheries management. Six ‘frontrunner’ FMPs have been prioritised for 2023, each of which will pilot different ways of developing management strategies in collaboration with the industry. This event will discuss what FMPs mean for fishers, alongside the plans for undertaking and collating scientific research, collaborative efforts with industry and stakeholders, and future milestones regarding each FMP. register here

24 May 13:00 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Emily Hague (Heriot Watt University) – Sharing insights, ideas and understanding of vessel activity in coastal waterways: past, present and future

Abstract coming son. Sign up here

24 – 25 May European Maritime Day 2023, Brest (registration open until 19 May)

The annual event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint actions on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. Thematic workshops organised by maritime stakeholders are at the core of the conference. EMD website link here

29 May – 2 June 8th International Symposium for Deep-Sea Corals, University of Edinburgh (Abstract: closed, early registration: closed)

In preparation for the hybrid 8th International Symposium for Deep-Sea Corals the week of 29 May 2023 at the University of Edinburgh, the Symposium’s Scientific Steering Committee is inviting innovative session proposals that will result in a diverse range of talks and discussions. The broad overall theme for the conference will be ‘Corals in a Changing Ocean’. Website here

30 May – 1 June Scientific writing and publishing -ICES Headquarters -Denmark (Application: closed)

Course objective :To help students improve their skill in writing manuscripts for peer reviewed journals and in understanding the scientific publishing environment, including insights from the perspectives of a research journal editor and the author of a very successful book about scientific writing, both of whom have also published several hundred peer reviewed articles. Sign up here

31 May 13:00 PREP4BLUE Webinar series: Planning for Citizen Participation in Mission Ocean & Waters

Participants will be introduced to key theory and methods for encouraging citizen participation in marine and freshwater matters. The webinar will also discuss core requirements of Mission Ocean funding in this area and how they might be integrated into project proposals, such as enabling successful citizen assemblies. Participants will also be shown where to find more information on all topics related to citizen engagement in Mission Ocean and Horizon Europe Mission Work Programmes. About the trainer: Dr. Maiken Bjørkan, Nordland Research Institute, Norway. Info page here

31 May 13:00 Multinational effort in the search for a global solution for the production and certification of reference materials for measurements of the seawater carbonate system

High-quality measurements of the seawater carbonate system allow us to quantify and understand the oceanic uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and monitor ocean acidification. Those seawater carbonate system measurements rely on the availability of reference materials (RMs). The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fragility of the production system of the seawater RMs for the carbonate system, currently depending on one single laboratory. With that in mind, a new model for seawater RMs for the carbonate system, centered on regional hubs, is being discussed to create a more resilient system. The proposed new model for seawater RMs for the carbonate system requires unprecedented involvement of National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) on a global level. The integration of the new model into the global metrology landscape will help to produce the RMs that are comparable and metrologically traceable to the International System of Units. Sign up here

1 June Training: What it takes to write a winning Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship proposal, online

These workshops cover a range of themes related to grant writing and are always recorded for participants who cannot attend the live event. All the information on my upcoming & previous online workshops can be found below. Advanced registration is required for attendance. sign up here

1 June 13:00 – 14:00 PREP4BLUE Webinar series: Increasing Social Inclusion Through Mission Ocean Projects

Mission policy documents and funding calls specifically reference the need for activities to actively strive for inclusivity in terms of gender, non-coastal peoples, indigenous communities, race, and socioeconomics. By introducing examples of recent projects that have successfully examined, targeted, and increased inclusion in ocean and water-based sustainability initiatives, the webinar will provide details on how to structure a project or work package to increase social inclusion in activities and initiative governance structures. Details of where more information and guidance can be found will also be provided. About the trainer: Dr. Patricia McHugh is a Lecturer in Marketing with the University of Galway, Ireland. Info page here

2 June 11:00 – 12:00 NERC AI webinar: AI for on the ground biodiversity monitoring with Dr Tom August, UKCEH

This webinar series, we’ll be joined by leading experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for environmental science. They’ll discuss how AI brings new capabilities to environmental science and may even transform the way we do research. AI can detect patterns, classify, and make probabilistic predictions; it can be used across scales, large collections of data, and environmental domains. But AI isn’t without its pitfalls, as many well-publicised missteps have demonstrated. So, join us as we learn how AI can help to generate new scientific insights and applications, and what advances we should be looking out for. sign up here

3 – 4 June Cold-Water Corals In Aquaria: Maintenance And Experimentation workshop, Edinburgh and online [application: closed]

A workshop organised by IAtlantic in collaboration with COST Action MAF WORLD,  aims to provide practical guidance on the maintenance of cold-water corals (CWCs) in aquaria, offering an overview of the different aquaria systems, collection methods, feeding and daily care. It also provides talks by experienced researchers working with different CWC species in aquaria, addressing a variety of techniques for ecophysiological research, and using different life stages (adult and larval stages). Researchers will also provide advice on troubleshooting, how to address the challenges of experimental design and how to extrapolate data collected in the lab to the natural environment. We believe this workshop will be valuable to any researcher interested in conducting experimental work with cold-water corals in aquaria.

4-9 June ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2023 “Resilience and Recovery in Aquatic Systems” Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Abstract closed, registration open)

Concepts of resilience and recovery do not only apply to aquatic ecosystems but also to societies when faced with disruptions and crises. Past events have shown that adaptability and decisiveness are important keys to resilience and recovery. Disruptions are opportune moments for setting up strategies for management and recovery. We will incorporate the theme of resilience and recovery in aquatic systems into the plenary sessions and encourage submissions that examine these topics and invite you to contribute special sessions on topics relevant to freshwater and marine ecosystems. web page here

5 – 15 June UN Bonn Climate Change Conference

The objective of this intersession is to prepare the next UNFCCC COP to be held in Dubai in December 2023. SB 58 will be held from 5 – 15 June 2023 at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). Parties and observer states can now nominate representatives to attend sessions via the Online Registration System (ORS). Registration will remain open for nomination of participants representing IGOs and NGOs from 22 February 2023 until 24 March 2023, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). conference page

5 – 16 June SOLAS Summer School, cape verde (application: closed)

The SOLAS Summer School is a regular, international event with the goal to provide the needed multidisciplinary air-sea interaction background to the next generation of Earth System scientists. more here

6 June 13:00 – 14:00 PREP4BLUE Webinar series: Citizen Science to Support Mission Ocean Project Activities

Citizen Science is being increasingly recognised as a means to democratise knowledge creation, for communities to influence policy, and as a rich source of data for research and governmental institutions. Including citizen science groups in data collection, restoration activities and anti-pollution initiatives is a core aim of the European Commission and a central theme of Mission Ocean funding calls. This webinar will introduce some of the work of marine and freshwater citizen science groups from around Europe and discuss how such groups might be integrated into Mission Ocean project proposals, as well as ocean and freshwater-related activities. Information on how to use a database of all European marine and freshwater citizen science initiatives will also be provided. About the trainer: Dr. Jan Seys, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium. Info page here

6-8 June Energy Ethics 2023: Financing the Future, St Andrews (hybrid) [abstract for panels, films, papers and posters: closed]

Finance shapes our lives in profound ways and is fundamentally entwined with visions of, and expectations for, the future. It can fuel the future-gazing aspirations of entrepreneurs, feelings of hope, desires for innovation, and shared moral horizons. At the same time, it can create relations of obligation and indebtedness, deepen historical patterns of inequality and exclusion, and power feelings of despondency and despair. At a time of growing energy demand and rapid climate change, we ask: How will we finance the future? More info on the EE2023 webpage.

6-8 June IGU Thematic conference ‘The Ocean and Seas in Geographical Thought’, Milan (call for sessions and abstract: closed)

Sessions and papers could be devoted (but not limited) to the following sub-themes (see the conference website for the call): ● History of Ocean and Seas ● The Ocean and Diversity ● Livelihoods and Life in and on the Ocean and the Seas ● Imaginaries and representations of the Ocean and the Seas ● Heritage, culture, tourism in coastal and maritime areas ● Planning and governance of coastal and maritime regions ● Ocean and Seas: spaces of inclusion and exclusion. Session proposal form here and more information forthcoming here.

7 June Royal Society’s Creating Connections event – Ocean and Marine Science Policy Event

We wanted to share with you an exciting opportunity which will take place in Edinburgh on Wednesday 7 June 2023. This opportunity is part of the Royal Society’s Creating Connections events, a series of regional and national meetings that address the scientific and technical opportunities and challenges faced by the UK. The Ocean and Marine Science policy event will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to address scientific and technical opportunities and challenges in Scotland. The event will thus be open to applicants who are based in Scotland or whose research is relevant to the Scottish context. The one-day event will be chaired by Professor David M. Paterson, Executive Director of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland and will foster dialogue between industries, policy makers and early career researchers and provide a platform for ECRs to discuss how their research and science generally can better inform policy and business decision-making. If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with [email protected]

This event is for researchers who have already obtained their PhD and have up to 10 working years post-PhD. We welcome applications from researchers whose work is related to ocean or marine science and policy, and relevant to the Scottish context, and particularly encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to) arts and humanities, social sciences, marine biology, geography, environmental psychology, marine biology, and oceanography. To apply for a place, please submit your application form at the following link: by Tuesday 16 May.

7 June 13:00 – 14:00 PREP4BLUE Webinar series: Community Based Social Marketing: An Introduction

The cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities is behaviour change. Sustainability requires that individuals and businesses engage in diverse actions, such as reducing pollution, increasing water and energy efficiency, increasing voluntarism, and protecting native species. Research demonstrates, however, that the traditional approach of using ads, brochures, or websites to encourage behaviour change simply doesn’t work. A new approach, CBSM, is being used effectively by public and private organisations around the globe. This webinar will take examples of CBSM being used as a tool across marine and freshwater-related initiatives to discuss how integrating this approach into Mission Ocean project proposals will help to achieve the Mission’s ambitious goals in relation to coastal and river ecosystem restoration and pollution elimination, based on a leveraging of citizen activity in support of the Mission. About the trainer: Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr, Community-Based Social Marketing. info page here

7 June 13:00 -13:30 MASTS Webinar with Dr Alex Thompson (SAMS) – Enhancing genomics and metabolomics capabilities for cryophilic algae AND Ximena Vega (University of Stirling) – Seeding collaboration to characterise the chemical and optical properties of organic carbon in Arctic glaciomarine systems

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here for both talks

7 – 8 June NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) Annual General Meetingonline (registration now open)

The agenda will include items on the UK Sustained Scientific Ocean Observation Priorities Consultation, updates on an Upscaling Autonomy Working Group, the Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science programme, artificial intelligence and digital twins, the NERC Environmental Data Service and accessibility to ship-based research. To register for this free on-line event, please complete this link . Updates for institution entries in the UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium can be advised to NOCA Secretary Jackie Pearson [email protected]. NOC Association 2023 Registration |

7 – 9 June Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference (YCSEC) 2023, Brighton (abstract and early bird deadline: 30 April)

This conference brings together early career researchers and practitioners (such as PhD students, Post-Doc researchers and recently qualified professionals) from a variety of different disciplines, all focussed on the physical and biological processes within the coastal environment. In the past, this has included presentations on a diverse selection of topics, such as, but not limited to: marine renewables, the impact of flooding and climate change, coastal erosion and morphological modelling, and the effects of pollution. YCSEC provides a unique opportunity for young coastal scientists and engineers, working in academia and industry, to present their work and network with their peers in an informal and welcoming setting. The conference will incorporate a mix of 15 minute normal and 5 minute  poster pitch presentations along with breakout activities and a site visit providing networking and socialising opportunities. webpage here

8 June Sea Scotland Conference 2023 “From Land to Sea”, Edinburgh [registration open]

At Sea Scotland 2023 (SS23) we want to go on a journey, from the land to the deep sea, zooming out to view key interactions and complexities of the many systems within Scottish waters. We want to explore how these translate into ecosystem-based policy-making that meaningfully contributes to sustainable development and a Blue Economy. How can we assess and quantify the impacts of interactions between land and sea, different ecosystems and different activities? How can our marine planning system help us to navigate these complexities while also driving much-needed ecosystem recovery? How can we close the loop of waste and pollution to transition to a truly sustainable circular economy? We will reflect on these issues and more, within current and emerging approaches to conservation at national and local levels. register here

8 June Virtual Event: United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 Live Broadcast

This year’s United Nations World Oceans Day (UN WOD) celebrates the theme Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing. In celebration of the 2023 event, the United Nations are joining forces with decision makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities and youth activists to underscore how earth is more than it may seem and finally put the ocean first. Register here

8 – 9 June NOC Workshop on Machine Learning Advances for Environmental and Underwater Imaging Data, Southampton

The Big Data accumulating from environmental and underwater imagery imposes a series of unique challenges, which need to be tackled by the data scientist community in collaboration with environmental scientists. This workshop is specifically interested in discussing computer vision challenges such as model development, annotation, managing skewed datasets, and poor data quality. We will bring together researchers from both academia and industry across diverse domains of AI, including experts from AI, big data, data transmission, engineering and computer vision, as well as other scientists with an interest in the application of image analysis. more here

13 – 14 June Beyond Growth: Fishing for the Future conference, Edinburgh

This conference will use the Wellbeing Economy as a framework to examine operationalising wellbeing in fisheries, bringing together noted experts from policy, industry, research and community organisations to develop a more rounded vision of economic and social progress. Get Tickets here

14 June 13:00 – 14:00 PREP4BLUE Webinar series: Working with The European Solidarity Corps for Restoration Initiatives

This webinar will introduce the ESC, how it works, how young people can sign up to it and how organisations across Europe can apply for project funding and volunteer assistance through the platform. Thought will be given to how this process can align with Mission-funded projects and with Mission-relevant activities in general. About the trainer: Suzanne Kavanagh is Senior Support and Development Officer, European Solidarity Corps with Léargas, Ireland’s national contact point for the ESC. More info here

14 – 15 June Global Offshore Wind 2023, London

GOW23 is back and it’s bigger than ever before! Don’t miss out on the UK’s largest meeting place for the global offshore wind industry. Website 

15 June Scottish Government: National Marine Planning Forum, online and in person in Edinburgh

The purpose of the Forum is to provide a wider stakeholder engagement platform to help inform stakeholders about the broader picture of National Marine Plan 2 (NMP2) development, and to provide an open and engaging space in which to exchange ideas and information, allowing for a shared understanding of interests and priorities among stakeholders and officials. more info here

20-22 June ESSAS Annual Science Meeting: Ecological, social and economic dynamics of high-latitude coastal systems, Bergen, Norway

A full announcement will soon be posted on this webpage.  website here

20-22 June Plastics Future 2023 Conference, Portsmouth

PlasticsFuture 2023 is a mission-driven conference which aims to inspire new solutions to end plastic pollution. It will be an opportunity to share global research and innovation across disciplines and communities, and forge future collaborations. More details here

21 June 13:00 -13:30 MASTS Webinar with Emma O’Halloran (University West of Scotland) – Developing techniques to study Neoparamoeba species isolated from sea urchins

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

23 June 11:00 – 12:00 NERC AI Webinar Data Learning: Integrating Data Assimilation and Machine Learning for reliable AI models with Dr Rossella Arcucci, Imperial College London

This webinar series, we’ll be joined by leading experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for environmental science. They’ll discuss how AI brings new capabilities to environmental science and may even transform the way we do research. AI can detect patterns, classify, and make probabilistic predictions; it can be used across scales, large collections of data, and environmental domains. But AI isn’t without its pitfalls, as many well-publicised missteps have demonstrated. So, join us as we learn how AI can help to generate new scientific insights and applications, and what advances we should be looking out for. sign up here

26 – 30 June MARE Conference People & the Sea XII “Blue Fear – navigating ecological, social and existential anxieties during the Anthropocene”, Amsterdam and online (panel, paper proposals: closed)

MARE always organizes a policy day in advance of its biennial conferences. The next policy day will take place on June 26th, 2023. In addition to regular paper-based panels, we encourage panel proposals with innovative formats that stimulate interaction and dynamism. These include such as roundtables, workshops, brainstorm sessions, debates, artistic interventions, exhibitions (virtual excursion), documentary film (photo essay/story) screenings with discussion, meet the author sessions, book presentations etcetera. We strongly encourage the submission of pre-arranged panels. If you have an idea for a panel but only a partial list of presenters, please submit and we will help connect you to others. For more regular panels, we encourage thorough discussion of presented papers, for example by including discussants or peer reviewing. We also welcome the submission of individual abstracts (max 300 words) for oral presentation. Please note that sessions will be 1.5 hours long and that participants may submit only one lead-authored paper proposal (although they may initiate or be second author in other kinds of proposals). More information here

27 – 28 June Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) conference (abstract: closed), Bath

To submit your abstract please complete the Google form and include an abstract describing the aims & objectives, a description of the methodology, and a summary of the findings, or the current position of the work. Please keep abstracts to 200 words or less. Please submit abstracts online here. We are grateful to the conference sponsors for helping to ensure the conference is open to all. We invite any potential sponsors to offer support for this conference. Please visit the conference webpage

28 June Structures in the Marine Environment (SIME23) conference, Glasgow [abstract deadline: 12 May, Registration open]

The call for abstracts is now open and we invite abstracts for 15min presentations or a paper poster. Academics, stakeholders, industry and government representatives and interested parties are invited to come together for talks, posters, networking and discussion about the environmental effects of artificial structures already within the marine ecosystem, and the rapid expansion of new infrastructure over the coming decades. webpage here. Register here

2-5 July World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Malaysia (Registration: open talk and poster abstract deadline: not specified but it’s open?)

The tri-annual global conference will for the FIRST TIME be brought to Malaysia and ASEAN, where distinguished scientists from across continents discuss and share their findings on marine biodiversity concerning the changing climate and conservation – topics crucial to conserving the World’s Hotspot in Biodiversity, located in the region. All the issues to be presented and discussed will be relevant to the region’s needs.

04-06 July UK Coastal Research Conference, Plymouth (Abstract submission closed, registration open)

This conference will be to showcase and celebrate the coastal research being undertaken within the UK. Principally focused on UK academics, organisations and institutions working on UK coastal science, we also welcome research using overseas case studies that are of relevance to the UK. The conference will highlight the current state of knowledge and the research that is being undertaken to address coastal issues. Conference website
05 July 13:00 – 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Dr Encarni Medina Lopez (Edinburgh University) – From the North Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar: remote sensing applications for high-resolution coastal science solutions

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

10-11 July NERC Digital Gathering 2023- (Abstract submission deadline: 15th June 2023 & Registration (in person) deadline: 30th June 2023)

NERC’s “Digital Gathering 23′ (#DG23) aims to bring together the NERC research community to highlight the increasing role of digital technologies in environmental research. DG23, is being held at the British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge.Registration and Abstract submission page now open. Register here

10-14 July Agile Initiative Summer School Connecting environmental research with policy: a pathway to real-world impacts, Oxford (applications: closed)

The Agile Initiative invites interdisciplinary researchers working on environmental and related social challenges and associated policy agendas to attend an interactive Summer School led by experts in the field. Contributors, drawn from academic and practitioner communities, will share their expertise and experiences, enabling participants to build connections across disciplines and the science-policy landscape, and learn what is involved in designing rapid interdisciplinary research to meet urgent environmental policy needs. Participants will develop the skills needed to connect research with policy in practical group exercises throughout the core programme. sign up here

11 – 12 July ReMeMaRe Conference 2023- Restoring Estuarine & Coastal Habitats, Scarborough Spa registration open]

The Environment Agency and Ocean & Coastal Futures have come together to focus on actioning the restoration agenda for a healthy and resilient estuarine and coastal environment. Furthering the REACH (Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats) conferences since 2019, this year’s focus is on the ambitions of the Restoring Meadow Marsh and Reef (ReMeMaRe) initiative. The 2023 programme will include five sessions across two days, highlighting current and future opportunities and challenges, illustrating progress and evolving practice and discussing how we achieve our restoration targets. sign up here

14 July 11:00 – 12:00 NERC AI Webinar AI for biological structure analysis with Professor Iain Styles, University of Birmingham

This webinar series, we’ll be joined by leading experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for environmental science. They’ll discuss how AI brings new capabilities to environmental science and may even transform the way we do research. AI can detect patterns, classify, and make probabilistic predictions; it can be used across scales, large collections of data, and environmental domains. But AI isn’t without its pitfalls, as many well-publicised missteps have demonstrated. So, join us as we learn how AI can help to generate new scientific insights and applications, and what advances we should be looking out for. sign up here

18-21 July Spatial Statistics 2023: Climate and the Environment,  Boulder, USA (abstracts: closed, Author reg and early bird: 28 April)

The conference will provide a forum to debate and discuss how to use spatially referenced data to advance our understanding and provide support for decision making in the domain of Earth system dynamics. Conference topics and more can be found here

19 July 13:00 – 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Chloe Cargill (University of Aberdeen) – A pilot study towards understanding the connectivity of United Kingdom and Norwegian black-legged kittiwake populations across the North Sea

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here.

24-28 July FSBI 2023 Annual Symposium: Fish habitat ecology in a changing climate, University of Essex (abstract: closed, Early bird registration deadline: 1 May)

The 2023 Symposium, co-convened by the University of Essex and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, will present the latest science on fish habitat ecology, exploring how fish interact with their environment and how climate change and other stressors impact their behaviour, physiology, diet, and health. The conference will bring together scientists from a range of disciplines to explore ways of integrating our research and strengthening relationships with stakeholders and policymakers to improve the effectiveness of management and conservation. more here

4 August 11:00 – 12:00 NERC AI Webinar Data fusion of satellite and in situ surface sensors to track environmental changes with Dr Scott Hosking, British Antarctic Survey

This webinar series, we’ll be joined by leading experts in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for environmental science. They’ll discuss how AI brings new capabilities to environmental science and may even transform the way we do research. AI can detect patterns, classify, and make probabilistic predictions; it can be used across scales, large collections of data, and environmental domains. But AI isn’t without its pitfalls, as many well-publicised missteps have demonstrated. So, join us as we learn how AI can help to generate new scientific insights and applications, and what advances we should be looking out for. sign up here

14 – 18 August Southern Ocean Observing System symposium, Hobart, Australia (abstract: closed)

The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) is an international initiative of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) with the mission to facilitate the sustained collection and delivery of essential observations of the Southern Ocean to all global stakeholders, through the design, advocacy, and implementation of cost-effective observing and data delivery systems. More here

21 August – 1 September International Advanced PhD course on Ecologically relevant oceanographic processes in the Northeastern Atlantic, Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands (Application Deadline 29 May 2023)

This Advanced Course provides a thorough introduction to the oceanography of the Northeastern Atlantic, with emphasis on physical drivers of ecological processes, and focus on the waters off and on the Faroe shelf. Through lectures, hands-on work onboard the new research vessel, R/V Jákup Sverri, and assessment of scientific literature and data, a team of ~ 13 prominent lecturers will cover key oceanographic features in the Northeastern Atlantic and how changes in this system impact ecologically important species from all trophic levels. More here

28 August – 2 September Tenth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services,  Bonn, Germany [save the date]

more information will be put here

29 August – 1 September 7th International Coralline Algae MeetingUmeå, Sweden [abstract call: closed, registration deadline: 12 June]

The meeting will have a multi-disciplinary flavour, welcoming submissions spanning the ecology, biogeochemistry, geology, evolution, physiology and conservation of free-living, crustose and geniculate coralline algae, with a forward-looking view to emerging frontiers in the field. Event page here

30 August – 1 September The EBNet Early Career Researcher Conference, Edinburgh [Registration/Abstract deadline: 30 July ]

Are you an ECR working in Environmental Biotechnology? Join us in 2023 for our 5th annual ECR conference. This year the entirely FREE* conference will feature a top invited international speaker and include a drinks reception, dinner, accommodation/travel and two full days of fascinating presentations from ECRs working in the latest hot topics from across the country. Contextualise your research, meet useful people and practice your communication skills with us. We cover all aspects of EB so you can be sure to see something new from our cross-disciplinary community of researchers and practitioners. No results to share yet? Our poster session is ideal for new PhD students to showcase their proposed research. Join us (30 August-1 September) and look forward to network with peers from across the UK in 2023. More information here

5 – 9 September 16th ESIA Pan-European Conference of International Relations, University of PotsDam, Germany and online elements (abstract: closed , sessions include: Blue Turn – The Politics Of Oceans And Polar Regions)

While we are looking forward to meeting our members in Potsdam, we also think it is imperative to increase access options for colleagues who may not be able to physically travel to attend PEC23 in person. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received from virtual PEC participants underlined the importance and viability of offering a virtual meeting and discussion space. In order to welcome as many colleagues as possible, we therefore decided to organise a 1-day virtual section to complement the on-site conference. More here

11 – 14 September ICES Annual Science Conference 2023, Bilbao, Spain (poster and talk abstracts: closed)

Themes for sessions to submit abstracts here

11 – 14 September The INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT) Scientific Research ProgrammeItaly (abstracts: closed)

INSTANT aims to quantify the Antarctic ice sheet contribution to past to future sea-level change, from improved understanding of atmosphere, ocean and solid Earth interactions and feedbacks, so that decision-makers can better anticipate and assess the risk in order to manage and adapt to sea-level rise and evaluate mitigation pathways. This international conference aims to bring together researchers across the geo-, physical,  biological and  social sciences interested in understanding the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, solid Earth and the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) and their global consequences. The priority focus is on improving knowledge of the key rate determining processes, instabilities and potential irreversibilities that affect the mass change of the AIS and its contribution to past, present and future global sea-level. We invite leading and emerging experts, and early career researchers (ECRs) from modelling, paleoclimate, observation and process communities to present and discuss in plenary the state of the science and critical knowledge gaps.   We also invite perspectives from the stakeholder and practitioner communities, and will discuss the best practices in communication and engagement.” Conference info here

11 – 13 September UK Arctic Science Conference, Cambridge and online (Registration deadline: 25 Aug, deadline for abstracts: 9 June)

Our main priority is to set the schedule for the conference to enable the call for abstracts to come out. We are naturally also steadily working on the practicalities around the conference (registration, accommodation etc). Page for more information.

18-19 September BES Aquatic Ecology Group Annual Meeting, Lancaster University [save the date]

The agenda is coming, but expect fascinating talks on diverse aspects of marine and freshwater ecology, and opportunities for networking!

18 – 22 September 7th Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts, Croatia (abstract deadline: EXTENDED to 30 April)

The Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife (CWW) is an international conference and one of the biggest and most important conferences in the field. It brings together researchers, conservation scientists, wind industry professionals, government officials and NGO representatives from around the world to share their know-how and experiences and develop solutions to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts of wind farms on wildlife, both onshore and offshore. It also looks into the opportunities to enhance nature when developing wind farms. This all promotes a collaborative approach to resolving the key issues faced at wind farms. Conference page here

18 – 22 September ICYMARE 2023,  Oldenburg (Abstract deadline: 30 April, workshop deadline: 1 June)

Submit your abstract now and present your research as a talk or a poster in one of the more than 20 sessions of ICYMARE 2023 OLDENBURG listed on the ICYMARE homepage. Conference page here, workshop call here

19 – 20 September The 2023 SDG Summit, New York

The Summit marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As such, it will review the state of the SDGs implementation, provide policy guidance, mobilize action to accelerate implementation and consider new challenges since 2015. The programme of the Summit will address the impact of multiple and interlocking crises facing the world, including the deterioration of key social, economic and environmental indicators. It will focus first and foremost on people and ways to meet their basic needs through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. More information is coming and will be put here

3 – 5 October EuroGOOS International Conference, Ireland (talk and poster abstract: closed)

The three-day conference will include plenary, splinter, and poster sessions, as well as round tables with focused discussions. The main outcomes of the conference will be summarized during the last day and key messages will be formulated. Participants will be invited to submit abstracts for their presentations or posters, while full papers will be published in the EuroGOOS conference proceedings. conference page here

4 – 5 October Floating Offshore Wind 2023, Aberdeen (talk deadline: closed)

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6-7 October The High Seas Treaty from Negotiation to Implementation, Edinburgh and online 

The symposium will include keynotes from leading authorities in each of the four pillars of the agreement: (1) marine genetic resources, including questions on the sharing of benefits; (2) measures such as area-based management tools, including marine protected areas (MPAs); (3) environmental impact assessments (EIAs) and (4) capacity-building and the transfer of marine technology. Subscribe to this mailing list to receive further updates on this symposium, including when and how to register.

9-13 October iAtlantic Final Meeting

The first two days (9-10 October) are open to everyone who has an interest in iAtlantic’s results and will comprise a series of plenary sessions in the University of Edinburgh’s beautiful Playfair Library where we will present the headline results from the project. Sessions on 11-13 October are closed sessions (for project participants only) for iAtlantic internal GA business and writing retreat in Edinburgh University’s Pollock Estate. Find out more.

9 – 13 October 7th International Otolith Symposium, Viña del Mar, Chile (abstract: closed, registration deadline: 31 August)

The objective of this symposium is to know the scientific advances in otolith research and other calcified structures, as tools to address ecological and environmental problems in aquatic ecosystems and their resources. The 7th IOS will provide an international forum for students and scientists from all continents to present their new studies, discuss on potential new applications, project future perspectives and expand their research networks. Conference page here

8 – 9 October 1st EMB Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Network Forum, Spain (application to join: closed)

The Forum is planned to take place back-to-back with the EurOCEAN conference 2023 in Vigo, so attending ECOPs can also take advantage of this major marine science-policy conferences in Europe after the forum. We will welcome 70 ECOPs, i.e. two ECOPs from each of the EMB member organizations. As ECOPs are interested to engage in the marine science-policy discussions, the European Marine Board Ambassadors are organizing a 2-day EMB ECOP Network Forum to provide both training and a space for intergenerational dialogue between EMB ECOPs and European policy makers, experts, as well as senior scientists. The event will take place in person only on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 October 2023 at the Cidade da Cultura, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. register interest here

10 – 11 October EurOCEAN 2023 Conference, Vigo, Spain [save the date]

EurOCEAN conferences are major European marine science-policy conferences organized every 4-5 years. They provide a forum for the marine and maritime research community and wider stakeholders to interface with European and Member State policymakers and strategic planners. The aim of the EurOCEAN 2023 science-policy conference is to highlight the synergies between the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030, other EU research and innovation, and management initiatives, and the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. EurOCEAN 2023 will attract marine policy makers, marine scientists, science stakeholders and communicators, maritime industry representatives and European and national decision makers and programme managers, i.e. those that set, manage and implement the marine science agenda. more here

23-27 October PICES North Pacific Marine Science Organization annual meeting: Connecting Science and Communities for Sustainable Seas, Seattle, USA (Session or Workshop submission: closed)

PICES-2023 occurs just a few years into the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and is a chance to assess PICES progress to date and set a path for the rest of the Decade. The meeting will focus on developing and strengthening PICES diverse partnerships, building on existing joint activities and promoting cross-fertilization. Priorities for PICES within the Decade focus on climate change, fisheries and ecosystem-based management, social, ecological and environmental dynamics of marine systems, coastal communities, traditional ecological knowledge and human dimensions. Opportunities to engage new partners, especially around the cross-cutting themes of Early Career Ocean Professionals, diverse communities, and engaging with local and Indigenous communities are especially encouraged. more information will be released here

7 – 9 November The Nansen Legacy symposium “Towards the new Arctic Ocean – Past, Present, Future”, Tromsø, Norway (abstract deadline: 15 May, registration early bird deadline: 15 Sept)

We welcome contributions and discussions across Earth system science to shed light on and reveal both regional characteristics, connections, and pan-Arctic responses. Join with contributions and discussions on how the Arctic Ocean is changing and what it will look like in the near future. More info here

7 – 9 November NOC event: Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase [save the date]

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8 – 10 November Coastal Transitions: Diverse Blue Economies, University of Connecticut (abstract deadline: 1 May, registration deadline: 15 June)

This conference aims to reimagine the Blue Economy, not as a business-as-usual approach to economic development, but as an innovative framework that recognizes the diversity of economies, facilitates energized transdisciplinary dialogue and enables multi-stakeholder activation and empowerment in order to radically reframe coastal and marine economies. conference page here

12-17 November Microplastics workshop for early career researchers: Best practices and expert insights workshop, Ascona, Switzerland (abstract deadline: 14 May)

Are you working in the area of plastics or microplastic research as part of your PhD or Postdoc? Are you looking for a venue to discuss the latest research, experimental design or want to think about your future career possibilities with the skills you have learned during your studies? If so, this workshop is for you! We will learn about what to consider when preparing a publication, experimental conceptualization and design of experiments, analytical techniques, quality control, data visualization and contextualization. We will address fate, transport, ecotoxicology, and modeling of plastic particles. website here

19-24 November IMBIZO 7: Transitioning towards sustainable ocean governance by 2030: Commitments and Challenges, Morocco

IMBIZO is the Zulu word for ‘a gathering’. IMBeR IMBIZOs are designed to address current research topics, facilitate transdisciplinary research, and provide assessments of current understanding and future research needs. IMBIZOs are held every second year, and are relatively small conferences (around 120 people) that consist of concurrent workshops, each of which considers an important research topic. In addition, plenary presentations provide overviews for each workshop, and cross-cutting activities and poster sessions allow integration across workshops. Discussion sessions of current knowledge help to identify key questions or hot topics to be addressed by the IMBeR research community. Info will be here

22 – 24 November Second International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region, Iceland (abstract deadline: 1 May)

 The symposium will evaluate the present extent and nature of plastic pollution in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions and discuss its impact on ecosystems and communities. The origin of plastic litter, how it is transported to or in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic region and how breakdown processes are affecting the status of pollution will also be addressed. Finally the symposium will focus on possible mitigation methods and how they can be implemented and provide useful input to the ongoing negotiations on an international agreement on plastic pollution, and to other ongoing relevant international work to support protection of the marine environment. A high-level scientific steering committee has been established to assist in developing the program of the symposium. webpage here

5-7 December 13th MASTS Annual Science Meeting

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17-22 March – 7th International Zooplankton Symposium, Hobart, Tasmania

July 2024 – The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics will be hosted at the University of Aberdeen. SAVE THE DATE

21 – 29 March Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2024, Edinburgh [Save the Date]

The United Kingdom has been an IASC member country since 1991, and this will be the second time that the UK will host the ASSW, with the first one being in 2000, in Cambridge. Information will be uploaded here

10-12 April – UN Ocean Decade Conference,  Barcelona, Spain

The conference will be a key moment for governments, leaders, maritime sectors, philanthropy, universities, private sector, NGOs and more, to take stock of the achievements of the first three years of the Ocean Decade and define a collective vision for the coming years.

25-27 June – 10th International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH), Aberdeen [save the date, more to be announced]

Following arrival and a welcome reception, the main body of the symposium will comprise three full days of technical presentations, each day starting with a keynote lecture followed by the technical sessions organised in 3 or 4 parallel sessions. There will be poster sessions and/or “hot plots”, which are short (less than 5 minutes) presentations covering a single idea, method or result conveyed on a single slide. conference page

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