Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland


Events & Webinars

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

From February to July, MASTS brought audiences a weekly free webinar which are now all freely available. Find out more here.

22 July 11:00 – 12:00 – Ocean Conservation Trust webinar: Citizens of the Sea

itizens of the Sea is a PhD investigating marine citizenship and its role in promoting good marine environmental health. Marine citizenship has been proposed as a useful approach to tackle the serious problem of ocean degradation, by engaging the public to take personal responsibility and change their behaviours. This webinar will host PhD author Dr Pamela Buchan and Ocean literacy advocate Nicola Bridge as they discuss the results of Pam’s PhD and how this work has helped shape Ocean Conservation Trust’s approach to improving marine citizenship in practice. Sign up here

22 July 18:30 – London Natural History Museum webinar on Oyster Restoration in the UK: Restoring a Forgotten Ecosystem

Oysters are most commonly associated with a seafood restaurant on a plate, with a glass of champagne. However, our European native oyster provides us with a number of ecosystem services, such as cleaning our water and providing a home for other marine species. European native oysters have declined by over 95% over the past 150 years. During this presentation Celine will explore native oyster restoration efforts in the UK. She will also introduce a new website which will have a citizen science section to help identify biodiversity around oyster nurseries with underwater footage. Sign up here

25 July 19:00 SAGES Stories – Bog tales  

On Bog Day, dig deeper into one of our most carbon-rich resources to find out more! Listen as scientists tell tall tales of beautiful bogs, from Scotland to South America. Learn about the hidden magic below the soil, and why there is so much work being done to protect these special landscapes. Register here

27 July 23:30 PEW and RESOLVE Webinar: Cultural Connections to the Deep Ocean: A Conversation with Nicole Yamase, the First Pacific Islander to Visit the Challenger Deep

The webinar will feature a conversation between Dr. Diva Amon and Ms. Nicole Yamase regarding their experiences as ocean scientists from Small Island Developing States, including Ms. Yamase’s achievement as the first Pacific Islander to visit the Challenger Deep trench. Mr. Clement Yow Mulalap will share perspectives from the Federated States of Micronesia on cultural considerations important to ensure the effective management of the deep ocean. Sign up here

10 August 01:00 (yep!) – GOA-ON Webinar:Response of the Sydney rock oyster microbiome to rapidly warming and acidifying Australian estuaries” with Dr Elliot Scanes

Estuaries are home to diverse ecosystems and valuable economies supported by oysters. Oysters rely on bacterial communities forming a microbiome for their health and survival. Oysters are also vulnerable to disease and this is may be exacerbated by climate change in estuaries. We found that warming and acidification can shift the microbiome of Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerate), however, these effects can be ameliorated by selective breeding. We show that oyster genetic background may influence the microbiome under climate change and that future assisted evolution breeding programs could be used to enhance resilience in the oyster microbiome. Dr. Elliot Scanes is a Chancellor’s Research Fellow at The University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. This webinar will be recorded and will later be uploaded to the GOA-ON Youtube ChannelPlease register here

19 August 12:00 – 13:00 EMB webinar: Navigating the Future V as inspiration and direction for marine science in the Ocean Decade

Speaker: Michiel Vandegehuchte (UGent). Michiel has led projects on effects and toxins of marine harmful algae, as well as on metal toxicity to marine mussels and their larvae, taking into account environmental factors, different populations and physiological aspects. He has also been involved in research projects related to marine litter and microplastic. Since 2017, he has been leading and building a new research department at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Oostende. He coordinated the publication of an institutional research agenda for VLIZ, organized themes including ocean services in a changing ocean, the ocean and human health, ocean observations, and ocean past. The VLIZ research department now consists of a multidisciplinary team of more than thirty scientists, aiming to advance the understanding of processes and interactions in changing marine and coastal environments. Sign up here

19 August 13:00 – 15:00 – The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021: Chemistry Underpinning the Drive to Net Zero from ScotCHEM

The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021 is brought to you by ETP. This event is suitable for academics and innovators outside Scotland, funders, policy makers and industry/end users. Sign up here

24/25/26 August: SGSAH GREEN/GRADUATE Hackathon

A new initiative which investigates the potential of interdisciplinary research from across the arts & humanities, social sciences, and sciences, in constructing a platform through which doctoral researchers in Scotland can develop shared approaches for tackling the climate emergency. The aim of the hackathon is to identify collective agendas, methods and debates from across a wide range of disciplinary interests, through which the following research questions will be considered: 

  • What are the areas of convergence in doctoral research dealing with the climate crisis?
  • How can the tools of interdisciplinary research be utilised to create a platform through which doctoral researchers in Scotland can collaborate on shared interests on tackling climate change?
  • What are the challenges facing interdisciplinary research on climate change?

The event will identify three ‘Climate Challenges’ set by ‘Challenge Leads’ from across the arts and humanities (Dr Alexandra Campbell, University of Glasgow), social sciences (Dr Darrick Evensen, University of Edinburgh), and sciences (Prof Jaime L. Toney, University of Glasgow). The aim is to deploy creative, participatory thinking and action, identifying approaches from across a range of disciplines. The Hackathon will take place on the afternoon of 24 August, a brief meeting on the morning of 25 August, and the morning of 26 August. The event will involve introductions to the ‘Climate Challenges’ as well as participatory breakout sessions formed of small interdisciplinary groups of doctoral researchers. We are seeking participation in the Hackathon from doctoral students reaching across a wide range of disciplines whose research or general interests intersect with climate change and are keen to engage with the potential of interdisciplinary approaches. If you are interested in participating, please complete the following details, including a brief outline of why you would like to attend and the benefits it will bring to your research/wider interests. Please note there are a limited number of spaces available and to enable interdisciplinary thinking we will aim to identify a mix of subject backgrounds. Deadline for submission Monday 2 August, by 5pm. Applicants will know by 9 August. Questions: please contact Dr Craig Martin, SGSAH Deputy Director 

26 August 18:00 Webinar: Behavior Change for Climate Action for the Oceans and Beyond

Presented by: Caroly Shumway of the Center for Behavior and Climate. More and more environmental practitioners are incorporating behavior change into their efforts to increase pro-environmental action, building off the success of the medical community in using behavior change to improve health. Cities, national governments, and utility agencies are some of the groups driving this trend. By increasing response efficacy (the belief that one can actually do something), we can help drive the behavior and social change needed to solve our climate crisis; response efficacy is one of the strongest influencing factors for public action. This webinar by The Center for Behavior and Climate (CBC) will teach you nine principles behind behavior change and how to apply these interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary principles to increase individual and collective climate action for the oceans and beyond. From tackling habits to worldview to social influences to framing, we will provide case studies showing the impact of each behavioral tool. sign up here
31 August – 3 September – Royal Geographical Society – Annual International Conference

It will be chaired by Professor Uma Kothari, on the theme of Borders, borderlands and bordering. More information here

1 September – Virtual DOSI Day

More information to come…

6 September 13:00 – 15:00 The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021: Data-driven Innovation to Net Zero from DataLab

The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021 is brought to you by ETP. This event is suitable for academics and innovators outside Scotland, funders, policy makers and industry/end users. Sign up here

6-9 September – Conference:ECSA 58 & EMECS 13: Estuaries and coastal seas in the Anthropocene – Structure, functions, services and management, Hull. Register deadline: 3rd Sept

ECSA 58 & EMECS 13 brings together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers, educators and practitioners to address issues of outstanding importance in the science (both natural and social) and management of estuaries and coastal seas in this rapidly changing world. More info and Sign up here

7 – 8 September – 3rd Symposium on Functional Marine Biodiversity – Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at University of Oldenburg

Online. Sessions include:Disturbance and Networks in Ecology, Dispersal and Movement, Justice and Conflict in Conservation, Planning & Projection for an Uncertain Future. Sign up here

9 September 13:0 – 14:30 – ETP Energy Innovation Emporium series “Chemistry: Achieving Net Zero Through Research, Innovation, Translation & Skills”

Associated with scotCHEM. Speakers: Dr Mark Bustard CEO IBioIC, Jennifer Tempany Director of Business Development Forth Valley College, Ian Hill Strategic Lead for Innovation St Andrews University, Prof John Liggat Prof of Physical Chemistry Strathclyde University. Successes & collaboration in chemistry, solving national & global challenges. sign up here

12 – 17 September – Conference: 16th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium in Brest, France

Hosted by Ifremer. After 32 years, there is still an urgent need for rapid technological developments to access, investigate, understand and protect this unique and remote environment. Furthermore, in the last few years anthropogenic pressures in the deep sea have risen exponentially and we are all aware that the deep sea is a treasure of biodiversity, resources and the last frontier on Earth for biomimicry. For all these reasons, the 16th Deep-Sea Sea Biology Symposium will propose to you two associated events a student Workshop on “Artificial Intelligence and new technologies to describe deep-sea biodiversity” and a round Table with scientists, stakeholders and companies about deep-sea biomimicry. More information on attending and abstracts here

13 – 17 September – MEDIN training

This training course is suitable for anyone responsible for collecting or managing marine environmental data in the public sector, industry or for education or research. More information to come. 

13 – 17 September – Ocean Acidification Week 2021

Organised by Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network. A virtual multi-day forum to highlight different aspects of ocean acidification research and initiatives from around the world. The event will include plenary talks, sessions and community discussion sessions. Keep an eye on the event here

15 – 16 September – Scottish Renewable: Floating Offshore Wind 2021

What infrastructure, technology and market developments will unlock the necessary cost reductions and accelerate floating offshore wind deployment? RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables Floating Offshore Wind event is the essential update charting progress in a crucial year of auctions and announcements. Connect with experts and expand your network as the industry comes together to discuss the next steps for floating wind. More information here.

18 September In-Person DOSI Day

The in-person event will be held in association with the 16th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium taking place at Ifremer, France, 12th-17th September. The days will consist of an overview of recent DOSI working group activities, and community discussions both within working groups and in plenary to plan DOSI actions for 2022 and beyond

20 September 13:00 – 15:00 – The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021: he Importance of Science for Marine Renewables from MASTS

The Energy Innovation Emporium 2021 is brought to you by ETP. This event is suitable for academics and innovators outside Scotland, funders, policy makers and industry/end users. Sign up here

20 – 22 September Workshop on Multi-annual to Decadal Climate Predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic Sector 

The workshop aims to foster scientific exchanges and collaborations on multi-annual to decadal climate predictability, including research on: 1) climate predictability from interannual to multi-decadal timescales and our understanding of the associated physical processes and their representation by models, 2) improvement of dynamical prediction systems, and 3) Increasing need for actionable information dependent on skilful climate predictions. More detailed information about the workshop can be found in the official flyer attached to this mail and via this link:

21-24 September – The International Conference for Young Marine Researchers (ICYMARE), Berlin

Save the date and find out more information as it’s released here. 

23 – 25 September – Sustainable Ocean Conference 2021 (SOC 2021)

The largest student-led ocean conference in Atlantic Canada. SOC 2021 will be hosted virtually due to COVID-19, and we strongly encourage your participation. The conference theme Seeing Beyond The Shoreline, our goal is to foster a strong connection across all sectors, to collaboratively combat global ocean issues. The conference will incorporate a variety of perspectives including those from industry, local and Indigenous communities, youth, academia, and government. The collaborative efforts and voices of all contributors will provide for a better understanding of protecting our ocean. Despite being separated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we will remain connected through our work, research, and common interest, just as the ocean connects us all. Abstract and event Information here

29 September 13:00 RETHINK Workshop –  Connecting with Underserved Audiences: Creating Conversations and Trust

It is now well-documented that when science is communicated, audiences are most typically white, affluent, with relatively high levels of formal education and pre-existing interest in science. But how can we challenge that in our practices and as a sector? Join two members of the RETHINK team, Andy Ridgway and Clare Wilkinson, to explore the approaches and roles being adopted by some of today’s science communicators that may help to foster connections with new or underserved audiences. And in collaboration with Vanessa Mignan, take the opportunity to explore your own practices and intentions when seeking to engage inclusively and innovatively. sign up here

4 -7 October – Aquaculture Europe 2021

Aquaculture has a clear place in securing food production in Europe and presents “Oceans of Opportunities” for development and investment if given the political and social licence to expand and develop, with public awareness/acceptance of its role. There will be session on From Fishing to Farming: Aquaculture in Ocean Literacy will assemble science educators, scientists and representatives of the aquaculture industry to reveal some of the most inspiring “stories”, to explore best practice in communicating about sustainable aquaculture and to understand how this hot topic can be dealt with in a balanced way while addressing pupils, students and the general public. Sign up and abstract information

5-7 October, TIC Glasgow: MASTS 11th Annual Science Meeting!

More information to come!

10 – 15 October 16th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.

SDEWES is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from the use of natural resources and by a transition to a knowledge-based economy. All taking into account the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainable development.Depending on the Covid-19 situation, the conference will be held in hybrid mode or full online mode. Abstract deadline:30 July. Event information

17 – 20 October – Our Coastal Futures conference, Australia

A transdisciplinary, multi-format international conference to share and co-produce knowledge and enable effective action. See line up of speakers and register here

22 Oct 9 Nov – ICES Workshop on the social impacts of marine spatial planning

Specifically, the workshop will: • Explore the concept of social and community well-being, and the terminology used, from a current research perspective, • Explore how spatial planning addresses social impacts, and how terrestrial concepts could be relevant for marine spatial planning, • Review how current marine spatial plans link to social impacts  
• Map the groups that are identified as especially relevant for social impacts in actual MSP processes and plans, • Review indicators and assessment methods that could be used for evaluating social impacts in marine spatial planning. Please indicate your (non-binding) interest to participate by providing your contact data in the form. A more detailed programme will be sent out after the summer, and you will then be asked to confirm your participation.

23 October – Millport 4th Marine Symposium

The Millport Marine Symposium was conceived with the aim of bringing marine science to as many people as possible. The breadth and quality of presentations on offer each year reflects the diversity and wonder of our coastlines and oceans. If you would like to present at the symposium, either a talk (10, 20 or 30 minutes) or a poster (with an optional 3 minute ‘flash talk’), please submit a title and a short proposal (<200 words). Website to [email protected] Submissions must be received by 1 st August.

26-27 October – Ocean Knowledge 2021: Climate change and the ocean

A two-day conference addressing three key themes:

  • Climate change and sustainable use of the ocean and ocean resources
  • The role of the ocean in natural and engineered climate mitigation
  • Rising sea levels and coastal vulnerability

More information here

10 November 14:30 – 15:30 – Once Ocean Hub Webinar – Climate-related conflict: arts-based mediation and recourse to redress

This event will begin with a short animated film, Indlela yokuphila, produced by the Empatheatre team of the One Ocean Hub in association with Shells & Spells.
Indlela Yokuphila” which is isiZulu for “the soul’s journey” is a transdisciplinary and trans-epistemological project which brought together a range of artists, traditional healers, marine sociologists and deep sea marine ecologists to collaborate on a more holistic biocultural alternative to ocean mapping and decision making. In the isiZulu traditional ancestral belief, the deep sea is the resting place of our ancestors, and after death the soul travels from the land, through streams, rivers, estuaries and eventually into the sea. Sign up here

December 2021 – Marine Socio-Ecological Systems: Navigating global change in the marine environment, Yokohama, Japan

​MSEAS 2021​ presents a diverse and exciting range of topics to showcase the world’s commercial, recreational, and indigenous fisheries. ​It will provide an important forum for identifying the critical developments needed over the coming decades to ensure the world’s oceans are managed sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations. More information here

7 December 0915 – 1315: Future of Fisheries Digital Conference 

Join us at Westminster Insight’s inaugural Future of Fisheries Digital Conference. We will review policy and legislative landscapes, assess the implications for UK fisheries, and evaluate the emergent opportunities of transitioning into an independent coastal state. Speakers: ◉Neil Auchterlonie, Chair, Seafood Industry Leadership Group (SILG) ◉Barrie Deas, Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) ◉Robert Clark, Chief Officer, Association of IFCAs ◉Dr Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Geography,University of York ◉Ruth Westcott, Climate and Nature Emergency and Sustainable Fish Cities Co-ordinator, Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming ◉ Paul Kemp, Professor of Ecological Engineering, University of Southampton ◉Kimberley Cullen, Project Manager Seafood 2040, Seafish ◉ Dale Rodmell,Assistant Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations. AGENDA HERE. Register to Attend here

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13 – 17 December – A Sea Change: Transforming Science into Stewardship

SMM2021 will be the very first fully hybrid, live-virtual conference of the Society of Marine Mammalogy. Concurrent sessions will be accessible to all attendees via pre-recorded content. All presenters in all formats (e.g., regular and speed talks, poster, video) will be required to record and upload their presentation 4 weeks prior to the conference start date. Virtual content will be available on-demand for all in-person and virtual attendees during the conference and for 30 days post-conference. More information here

19 January – ETP’s Race to Net Zero: Clean Energy

Showcase of the collaborations and key projects in Scotland to drive a just transition to NetZero: “innovating to NetZero”. Organised by the Energy Technology Partnership featuring a panel session and showcase. more information to come…

26-28 April 2022 – 4th Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and it’s Marine Ecosystem: 2010-2019, Bergen, Norway

We invite abstracts that propose papers to be selected for submission to a special issue. The symposium and subsequent publication will together form an overview of the hydrobiological variability of the North Atlantic during the decade 2010-2019. More information here. Abstract deadline: 27 Sept. 

9-12 May 2022 – Fourth ICES PICES Early Career Scientist Conference, Canada

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)​ and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES)​ are proud to announce the fourth Early Career Scientist Conference in May 2022 hosted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Who can participate? ​An early career scientist must – at the time of the event in 2022 – be 35 years of age or younger or have finished a PhD no earlier than 2017. Sessions and event information can be found here. Registration and call for abstracts will open in October 2021.

9 – 13 May 2022 –  GlobalHAB workshop: Modeling and Prediction of Harmful Algal Blooms

This 4-day workshop will combine oral and poster presentations, round-table discussions, and tutorials in order to 1) increase awareness of the range of modelling and observational tools that are in our community toolbox (or should be); 2) help the HAB community speak with one voice regarding climate-change impacts on the global ocean; and 3) help scientists and technologists develop creative approaches to meeting the needs of coastal communities, governments, and industry worldwide. Registration will re-open late summer 2021. More information here

23rd – 30th June 2022 – IMPAC5 International Marine Protected Area Congress, Vancouver

Call for proposals open 14th June – 20th September 2021. 

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