Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Events

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!

 

3-9 February  5th International MPA Congress (IMPAC5), Vancouver, Canada (standard registration now open)

A global forum that brings together ocean conservation professionals and high-level officials to inform, inspire and act on marine protected areas. IMPAC5 is an opportunity to bring together Indigenous peoples and cultures from around the world to embrace a collaborative approach and learn from Indigenous leadership in ocean conservation. More here

13 February 10:00 – 11:30 session 2 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

14 February 14:00 – 15:15 The Turing Lectures: How to speak whale, inside the technology that’s decoding the voices of ocean giants, online

n 2015, wildlife filmmaker Tom Mustill was almost crushed by a humpback whale while kayaking in California. Fascinated by these otherworldly creatures, he began to investigate how researchers are using AI, undersea robots, and animal spying devices to do something incredible: decipher whale song. Tom will break down what it will take to speak to a whale, in a whistlestop tour covering the biology and lives of whales, new discoveries about their communications, what AI is and how it can help, and updates from the latest research expeditions. The event will feature videos from the backs of whales, recordings from the deep sea, pieces of real whales and dolphins, and the chance to feel the vibrations of the biggest voices on the planet through your entire body. sign up here

15 February 11:30 – 13:30 INSITEs Into Webinars: Episode 01 Marine Biodiversity

The first event in INSITE Webinar Series will focus on ‘Marine Biodiversity’ and will uncover the range of marine species that form complex associations with the man-made structures and new inter-connected communities across the North Sea. Joining us on the 15th February, will be panelists Professor Joanne Porter (Heriot-Watt University), Dr Tom Wilding (Scottish Association of Marine Science) and Dr Paul Somerfield (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), with some reflections by Victoria Metheringham (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and a discussion session hosted by Professor Dickon Howell (Howell Marine Consulting). Sign up here

15 February 10:00 – 11:00 NOC webinar with its Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (first of three repeated webinars)

A recommendation of the landmark Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) report was that “NERC should expect to double the size of the autonomous fleet it supports every five years.”In response, the NOC Association for Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) and the Challenger Society for Marine Science have formed the joint Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (UAWG). The UAWG is running a series of information webinars, followed by a consultation, on the future shape of upscaling of marine autonomy in the UK. Both are open to all.The webinars will be live, one-hour sessions, repeated on three occasions and will provide background information on the Natural Environment Research Council’s NZOC programme and specifically, the elements relevant to marine autonomy. The webinar will include Q&A. register here

15 February 13:00 – 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Dr Nick Jones (University of Bayreuth / University of St Andrews) – Exploring the interacting effects of thermal fluctuations and habitat complexity on stickleback behavioural adaptation

Rapid or extreme fluctuations in temperature can present major challenges to aquatic organisms, and habitat complexity such as availably of shelter may mitigate the effects. In this seminar, I will discuss my MASTS exchange project investigating the effects of thermal variation on three-spine sticklebacks. We explored the effect of long-term exposure to habitat complexity and temperature fluctuations on survival, growth and behaviour in a foraging assay across different levels of thermal variation. We kept fish in three levels of thermal fluctuation and two levels of physical enrichment, and measured survival and growth over a period of 8 months. At month 5 we tested a subsample of fish from each condition in a behavioural assay investigating their foraging efficiency over 12 days of repeated trials, and my presentation will focus on this assay. Sign up here

15 February 18:00 – 19:00 BGC Argo Webinar: Observing Mesoscale and Sub-Mesoscale Processes with BGC Argo

This webinar will be focused on using BGC-Argo float data to investigate chemical and biological processes in the ocean that are influenced by eddies, meanders, and other mesoscale and sub-mesoscale processes. The webinar will begin with an update on the status of the GO-BGC float array, followed by two short presentations. We’ll then close with a community discussion about recommended practices, challenges, and future perspectives of using BGC-Argo measurements to enhance our understanding of how mesoscale processes shape patterns of biogeochemistry in marine environments.Sign up here

15 February 17:00 – 18:30 session 2 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

16 February CENSIS virtual coffee: responsible Artificial Intelligence

In this session, organised in partnership with the University of Glasgow, we will be discussing what ‘responsible’ artificial intelligence could and should look like. Artificial intelligence (AI) to aid or automate human decision-making is advancing rapidly. The recent intense media coverage and interest in Chat GPT is just one example of AI, and AI systems are already being deployed in areas that affect people’s everyday lives such as loan applications, medical screening and releasing people on bail. more info and sign up here

16 February 12:00 – 13:00 European Marine Board webinar: Sea Ice – Ocean Interactions in the Arctic with David Docquier

David Docquier is a postdoctoral researcher in Climatology at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. His study focuses on the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere and sea ice with the use of causal methods applied to different sets of climate models and satellite observations. He is involved in the JPI-Oceans/JPI-Climate ROADMAP project. He is currently the lead guest editor of a Research Topic on Sea Ice – Ocean Interactions for Frontiers in Marine Science. He frequently participates in outreach activities, including writing and editing articles for the EGU Cryosphere Blog. Sign up here

17 February 14:00 – 15:30 session 3 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

18 February 10:00 – 11:30 session 4 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

18 – 19 February Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecosystems: Leveraging Ecological and Molecular Approaches Within Data-Limited Mesophotic Ecosystems

This forum will focus on leveraging data in data-limited mesophotic environments. Mesophotic coral reef ecosystems comprise a significant portion of total coral reef area but are relatively understudied. As these reefs are typically found between depths of 30 – 150m they are structured by factors such as light and bathymetry. Despite growing interest, sampling and exploration of these reefs remains difficult. Accessing the necessary depths for study poses a significant barrier to research. As this environment is still data-limited, the training of new researchers in both technical diving and rigorous methodologies is critical. This also highlights the need for strong collaborative work. More information here

19 – 24 February Gordon Research Conference on Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecosystems: Connectivity and Resilience Relative to Shallow Reefs, Ventura, CA, United States

The Mesophotic Coral Reef Ecosystems GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field. More information here

20 -24 February Training with OceanWise and Medin: Marine Data Management, Governance And The MEDIN Toolset (free!)

The course can be taken as a whole, or attendees can select modules according to two streams: Marine Data Governance; or Practical MEDIN. Some modules are common to both streams, for example, modules on marine data management principles and components. Each run of the course takes place over 5 days with live lessons in the morning and independent learning in the afternoons. More information and sign up here when open here

21 February 10:00 – 11:30 APPG Fisheries Webinar: Fishing in the Data Age

This event will discuss ways to ensure fishing data is collected fairly, used effectively, and that collaboration is mutually beneficial. Fishers can feel negatively impacted by regulatory measures that necessitate data collection, for reasons such as a greater administrative burden, technical difficulties in ensuring compliance, or feelings of unnecessary scrutiny of their livelihoods. It is essential to ensure that data collection methods are straightforward and that collected data is used effectively and fairly, in collaboration with the fishing industry. This event will explore ways to strengthen efforts to make this a reality across the UK. More info here

21 February 17:00 – 18:30 session 5 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

21 – 23 February Future Coastal Ocean Climates Workshop, Liverpool (FLAME is an endorsed UN Ocean Decade Action and a core project of the CoastPredict Programme, Abstract and registration: closed)

This workshop will seek to bring together an international community of scientists to discuss and develop the key action areas of FLAME: Assessing the performance of future coastal ocean projections; Developing new and strengthening regional Earth System Models; Developing new downscaling approaches and improving hazard information; Advancing observation-model co-analysis and data assimilation; Improving understanding of the global coastal oceans response to future climate. Studies investigating the potential response of the coastal ocean to future climate change in any region of the world, from the tropics to the poles are welcomed, including global model analysis and regional downscaling. In particular projections of future hydrodynamic, biogeochemical and ecosystem decadal-centennial change and regime shifts, and the impacts on coastal habitats (e.g. coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangroves) and ecosystem services (e.g. blue carbon stores, food security, natural hazard protection); coastal flooding and erosion in future climates, including risks and impacts of extreme and compound events and how they are induced by modified ocean state; coupling strategies for downscaled earth-system climate models, notably between terrestrial drivers and the coastal ocean; and assessments of climate model ensembles and uncertainty estimation in local-regional coastal-ocean areas. event page here

22 February 17:00 – 18:30 session 6 Information Session: Scottish Highly Protected Marine Areas Consultation, online [mulitple dates and times available]

A series of sessions to help people who are interested in providing a response to the Scottish Government public consultation on HPMAs. During the sessions we will not be gathering information on the views of participants. All consultation responses will be analysed prior to finalised documents on our approach being published. Register here

23 February EMB Webinar: Carbon Capture and Storage with D Connelly (NOC)

Professor Doug Connelly is the Associate Director for Research at the National Oceanography Centre in the UK. He is a biogeochemist by training and has worked in marine science for over 30 years, in applied observations and the development of marine sensors and technology. Doug has been involved in many European Commission funded projects and has coordinated one Innovative Training Network (ITN) and two research and innovation projects, involving more than 20 academic and commercial entities. The last large EU project he coordinated was the STEMM-CCS (Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage) looking at using existing and newly developed approaches for monitoring offshore carbon capture and storage reservoirs. sign up here

27 February 11:00 – 16:00 Scottish Forum on Natural Capital stakeholder workshop to help the Scottish Government achieve its Blue Economy vision, St Andrews

This one-day workshop seeks to engage stakeholders who can help the Scottish Government achieve its Blue Economy vision. Our sponsors are Howell Marine Consulting and we hope to open the meeting with an update from Scottish Government on Scotland’s Blue Economy Vision and the emerging opportunities for stakeholders. Professor Sir Ian Boyd (First Minister’s Environmental Council Co-Chair) will deliver an opening keynote and among our panellists will be Professor David Paterson (MASTS Executive Director). If you would like to attend register here

27 Feb – 1 March World Ocean Summit, Lisbon, Portugal [registration open]

The World Ocean Summit is an annual global event bringing together the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to governments, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia. Economist Impact will celebrate the 10th anniversary with the return to a physical event. More here

28 Feb – 3rd March International NoWPaS Workshop (International Workshop of PhDs and Post-doctoral Fellows on Anadromous Salmonids), Norway

more information will be released here

01 March 10:00 – 11:00 NOC webinar with its Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (second of three repeated webinars)

A recommendation of the landmark Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) report was that “NERC should expect to double the size of the autonomous fleet it supports every five years.”In response, the NOC Association for Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) and the Challenger Society for Marine Science have formed the joint Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (UAWG). The UAWG is running a series of information webinars, followed by a consultation, on the future shape of upscaling of marine autonomy in the UK. Both are open to all.The webinars will be live, one-hour sessions, repeated on three occasions and will provide background information on the Natural Environment Research Council’s NZOC programme and specifically, the elements relevant to marine autonomy. The webinar will include Q&A. register here

01 March 13:00 – 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Magnus Janson (Edinburgh Napier University) – First Recordings of the Soundscape of ‘Pristine’ European Flat Oyster Reefs

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

2 March 14:15 – 16:00 From European Parliament: Science advances at the ocean-climate-biodiversity nexus: Highlights from the iAtlantic Project,  Hybrid

This event aims at looking into the important emerging findings from the iAtlantic project, a multidisciplinary marine science programme funded under the EU’s Horizon2020 initiative. Info and Registration

6,8 and 9 March Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry: Fish, Fisheries, and Carbon – 3-part international workshop, online (register for each workshop independently)

The workshop is open to all stakeholders including NGOs, civil servants, fishers, food industry and researchers. There is no fee to register or attend. The workshop will occur virtually over three dates, all at different times to encourage global participation. All sessions will be recorded and made available after the workshop. Participants may sign up to any or all of the following sessions here.

7 – 9 March Socio-oceanography Workshop run by NOC, Winchester (expression of interest to participate: closed)

Socio-oceanography is an emerging area of research which takes a “whole system” approach to the marine environment by explicitly factoring in human society. It focuses on the challenges which require advancement of both natural and social science components, especially on those where the feedbacks between these components are beginning to emerge. The 2023 Workshop will focus on four highlight topics bringing together a mix of natural and social scientists, each working towards producing an output such as opinion papers, funding proposals and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication. The ambition of the organisers is that this workshop will start a successful national annual series and the workshop will end with the presentations of proposed Socio-Oceanography 2024 topics. sign up here

8 March final symposium of the Interreg MARINEFF project, Portsmouth

The free-to-attend public final symposium will showcase the results of the 2018-23 cross-Channel MARINEFF project http://marineff-project.eu which aims to demonstrate biological enhancement of coastal infrastructure. 1000 – 1700 Overview of the project, shell-concrete development, demonstration projects: artificial rock pools, oyster enhancement reefs, breakwater blocks, mooring sinkers. Summary of a joint workshop with projects sharing similar aims: ECOSTRUCTUREDPARESARCC. 1800 – 2100 Tour and Conference dinner, Mary Rose museum. Click here for more information.  The option of online attendance is also planned. RSVP to Ken Collins [email protected]

14 – 16 March Dynamic Dunescapes Project conference, online

Join a livestream of the Dynamic Dunescapes project conference, discussing sand dune rejuvenation conservation and engagement activities. Join Tony Juniper and Carolyn Cadman at Penhale Dunes in Cornwall to find out why some of the UK’s largest nature and wildlife organisations are working together as part of Dynamic Dunescapes to restore coastal sand dune habitats for wildlife and communities. Register today to attend the online streaming of this hybrid conference. More here

15 March 10:00 – 11:00 NOC webinar with its Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (third of three repeated webinars)

A recommendation of the landmark Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) report was that “NERC should expect to double the size of the autonomous fleet it supports every five years.”In response, the NOC Association for Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) and the Challenger Society for Marine Science have formed the joint Upscaling Autonomy Working Group (UAWG). The UAWG is running a series of information webinars, followed by a consultation, on the future shape of upscaling of marine autonomy in the UK. Both are open to all.The webinars will be live, one-hour sessions, repeated on three occasions and will provide background information on the Natural Environment Research Council’s NZOC programme and specifically, the elements relevant to marine autonomy. The webinar will include Q&A. register here

15 March 13:00 – 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Irma Cascao (University of the Azores) – Estimation of biomass and distribution of mesopelagic organisms around the Azores

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

17 March Arctic Frontiers Abroad – Scotland, Aberdeen (Registration: not open yet)

The Scottish Government and the Arctic Frontiers are pleased to announce their collaboration on a one-day conference designed to encourage debate and knowledge exchange on some of the key challenges and ambitions that Scotland and the Arctic region have in common. Scottish and international speakers will come together to share their expertise and identify new opportunities for Scottish-Arctic collaboration, with a special focus on just energy solutions and a sustainable blue economy. The event will be ticketed but free to attend, encouraging a diverse audience to participate. Registrations will open in January 2023, when more information on the program and speakers will also be available.

20 – 21 March International Ocean Data Conference – II, Paris and hybrid (abstract: closed)

The previous International Ocean Data Conference held in Poland 2022 concluded with new commitments and recommendations on achieving a “global ocean digital ecosystem” in the context of and as a contribution to the UN Ocean Decade. The IODC-II will focus on the implementation of those commitments and recommendations, and report on the problems faced, solutions found, lessons learned and challenges identified. We invite abstracts for oral presentations to be submitted before 15 November 2022. More here

21-22 March Coarse Fish Conference 2023 with IFM and Environment Agency, Leeds (abstracts: closed, registration not open yet)

The conference aims to provide a forum for scientists, researchers, regulators, fishery owners, angling clubs/associations and other related groups, to present the latest data and initiatives around the themes of coarse fish and fisheries. The aims of the conference will centre around: Providing a platform for sharing latest research / management interventions on impacts and pressures to coarse fish and the fisheries they support; Provide an opportunity for discussion to share learning and identify where understanding and research may be lacking; Raise awareness of the Environment Agency’s Coarse Fish Strategy(to be launched in 2023); To hear from key stakeholders who play a role to play in the management and development of coarse fisheries; Provide outputs that will help inform the priorities and actions of the EAs Coarse Fish Strategy, and wider use by the EA, partners and the industry. Call for papers here

21-22 March Marine Energy Wales Conference,  Swansea Conference [abstracts: closed, registration: open]

At this year’s MEW2023 we are looking to showcase a selection of the latest high-impact research to connect industry with academia.We have already carried out work with our membership to identify the top research needs, and are focusing on showcasing research in the following areas. Other high-impact research will also be considered, so do get in touch to discuss moorings, anchors and foundations, Fit-for-purpose approaches to environmental monitoring, Structural integrity in the marine environment, Interactions with other marine users, Environmental Net Gain.  More information and tickets here

27 – 28 March EMODnet Open Sea Lab 3.0 Hackathon, virtual and free (prizes available!)

The Open Sea Lab Hackathon is a unique event that brings together data and multidisciplinary scientists, software developers, social innovators, students, and businesses in Europe and around the world to harness the wealth of open-source, marine data offered by EMODnet to develop solutions to Ocean challenges. More here

27 – 30 March Physics of Life 2023, Harrogate (abstract: closed, early bird deadline: 21 February)

The meeting will bring together all of the key stakeholders of biophysics research in the UK, will highlight some of the best, most exciting recent research in the Physics of Life, and will also include a not-to-be-missed discussion session focused around the new directions for our community. Conference website here

28 – 30 March Royal Society’s Science Policy Primer course (Sign up deadline: 10 Feb)

The Royal Society partners with King’s Policy Institute to provide researchers with an understanding of science policy making and help them develop the skills they need to effectively engage with policy. The course is designed for Research Fellows interested in the role of science in public life, the various ways in which scientific research can have an impact on policy making, and the skills that may enable them, as researchers, to play a part in these processes. info page here

12 April 13:00 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Charlotte Lee (University of Stirling) – Comparative Metaproteomics of the Plastispheres isolated from transparent and coloured plastic debris obtained from joint sampling programmes

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

17-21 April – 5th International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans, Bergen, Norway (abstract: closed, registration: open ECOP Financial Support available)

The 5th International Symposium Ecosystem Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Ocean (ECCWO-5) brings together experts from around the world to better understand climate effects on ocean ecosystem, what adaptation and mitigation measures could look like, and how to implement them. More to be announced here. Abstract submission here. Apply for ECOP financial support here.

23 – 28 April EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna and hybrid (abstract: closed)

EGU is pleased to announce that our General Assembly will once again be following an hybrid format in 2023, with a return of the popular poster and PICO sessions, alongside the traditional orals. The meeting will take place both on-site in Vienna (Austria) and virtually, as we take the next step towards building a fully hybrid event. The EGU General Assembly 2023 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world for an hybrid meeting covering all disciplines in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. EGU aims to provide a welcoming, inclusive, and safe forum where scientists, especially early career scientists, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. Abstract page here

26 April 13:00 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Sebastien Leveque (University of Glasgow) – Genetic mechanisms for acclimation and adaption to coral bleaching

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

26 April MEDIN Open Meeting entitled “Enhancing the national framework for sharing UK marine data, Southampton and online

This event is open to all and will be hybrid taking place at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton and online using Zoom. The aims of the meeting are to: 1. share marine data successes and; 2. discuss priorities for enhancing the national framework for sharing UK marine data. Throughout the day there will be marine data focussed presentations from the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Met Office, Natural Resources Wales, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN). There will also be a poster session and plenty of networking opportunities. If you’re able to join us either online or in-person, please register on the Eventbrite page here so that you receive all appropriate joining details and information.

28 April European Research Showcase – Registration to Participate (training deadline session: 16 Feb)

Join an epic 48 hour continental showcase of research this spring! The European Research Showcase invites researchers in industry and academia, at any professional level and in any discipline to highlight their work in this social media based engagement event. Using the theme Life, Land, Place and Space, we encourage you to be creative and create content that brings your work to life for a broad audience of viewers across TikTok, Instagram and Twitter. Who can sign up? Anyone involved in research activity in academia, industry or the 3rd Sector, anywhere across the European continent. We welcome participants of all career levels, from undergraduate to Directors of Institutes and CEOs. An invitation to Lights, Camera, Action! a free 2 hour online training session focused on video content creation for research on 16th February 2023. register here

8 – 12 May 54th International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics: Marine Learning and Data Analysis in Oceanography, Liege, Belgium [abstracts: closed]

Data-driven approaches to understand and predict the ocean dynamics have gained significant traction in recent years thanks to increased amount, coverage and quality of ocean observations, improved numerical ocean modeling, the availability of massively parallel computing devices (like graphical processing units) and the advancement of optimization schemes and machine learning (ML) models able to constrain high dimensional and non-linear systems. Data-driven techniques have also a high potential to complement classical numerical modeling as it allows to propose new ways to represent subgrid parameterization, surrogate models, optimal ensemble predictions, and new and efficient approaches for stochastic modeling and data assimilation. Find out more here

10 May 13:00 13:30 MASTS Webinar with Alexandra Pounds (University of Stirling) – Building capacity and drafting publications to bridge the interdisciplinary divides between aquatic animals, nutrition, and health outcomes.

Abstract coming soon. Sign up here

11-12 May All Energy, Glasgow

All Energy, the UK’s premier renewable energy event, is almost upon once again: 11/12 May in the SEC in Glasgow. https://www.all-energy.co.uk/

16 – 18 May SMMR ConferenceBristol [save the date]

16 – 17 May SAIC conference, Glasgow [save the date]

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 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 (workshop application: closed)

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

4-9 June ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting 2023 “Resilience and Recovery in Aquatic Systems” Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Abstract Submission Deadline: February)

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 – 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

6-8 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.

07 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 not open yet)

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, and accessibility to ship-based research. The registration link for this free event will be available shortly. Updates for institution entries in the UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium can be advised to NOCA Secretary Jackie Pearson [email protected] registration is open 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. More info soon.

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 

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

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

26 – 30 June MARE Conference People & the Sea XII “Blue Fear – navigating ecological, social and existential anxieties during the Anthropocene”, Amsterdam and online (anel, 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, exhibition (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 deadline 10 March), 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. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified soon after the deadline. 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. Display space can also be made available. Please get in touch with Prof. Jun Zang at [email protected]. Please visit the conference webpage

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 deadline and registration open: 10 February)

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

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14 – 18 August Southern Ocean Observing System symposium, Hobart, Australia (abstract deadline 24 March)

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

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

11 – 14 September ICES Annual Science Conference 2023, Bilbao, Spain (deadline for poster and talk abstracts 21 March)

Themes for sessions to submit abstracts here

11 – 13 September UK Arctic Science Conference, Cambridge and online (registration open: 20 feb, registration closes: 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 – 22 September 7th Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts, Croatia (abstract deadline: not open yet)

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

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

4 – 5 October Floating Offshore Wind 2023, Aberdeen (talk deadline 24 March)

More here

9 – 13 October 7th International Otolith Symposium, Viña del Mar, Chile (abstract deadline: 31 March, 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

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]

webpage here

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17-22 March 2024 – 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

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MASTS condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This unprovoked and brutal act of war challenges the fundamental freedoms that we all take for granted in liberal democracies. MASTS will demonstrate its support for the people of Ukraine by using whatever influence it can bring to bear to ensure that Russian and Belarusian institutions are excluded from and denied access to the domains in which MASTS operates. MASTS will help to support the actions of its member organisations in this regard. Specifically, MASTS will seek to have Russian and Belarusian institutions denied access to research funding, resources, infrastructure, collaboration and positions of influence. MASTS will actively lobby for Russian and Belarusian institutions to be stripped of roles within the international research community and excluded from the relevant organisations and initiatives.

MASTS, alongside the wider UK HE Sector represented by Universities UK, also recognise that many education and research partnerships are often based on academic peer-to-peer relationships, and note that many Russian students and academics, at great personal peril, have publicly criticised this invasion. MASTS do not support the application of blanket academic boycotts that prevent academics collaborating with other academics as a means of protest against the actions of their governments. Decisions on such continued collaborations will be made on a case-by-case basis, informed both by UK Government guidance and appropriate due diligence.

It is incumbent upon all of us as individuals and organisations to actively and visibly support the people of Ukraine and to stand united with the international community in isolating Russia and those that support its actions.

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