Research Forums

The Research Themes will identify and support specific areas of work through Forums. These Research Forums will form the major scientific driving force of the MASTS community. The Forums are designed to be dynamic and may be proposed by groups of MASTS members but may also be dissolved where lack of activity does not support their continuation. Each Forum has an elected Convener and an appointed Steering Group.

Forums are responsible for developing their research agendas, project consortia and undertaking targeted Knowledge Exchange activities. Forum Conveners also have oversight of any designated Community Projects.

If you are interested in proposing the development of a forum, please contact Prof David Paterson to discuss your ideas in the first instance.

Generalised Forum objectives can be summarised as:

  • Facilitating networking and information exchange within the Forum by convening meetings and workshops.
  • Proactively developing a national, regional and sectorally relevant strategic research agenda to provide direction and a measure of priority to research in the particular area.
  • Securing appropriate scientific representation on strategically important bodies to ensure feedback to the MASTS community.
  • Developing a co-ordinated approach to interactions with funding bodies, Government and other stakeholders.
  • Developing a structured, co-ordinated and timely approach to the provision of impartial advice to key stakeholders.
  • Reporting back to the MASTS Executive Committee at least once each year to provide a brief account of progress against each of the agreed objectives of the Forum.

 

Research Forums Areas

Coastal Zone

The Coastal Zone Forum provides a network for successful multidisciplinary marine and social science…

Deep Sea

Scotland has a vast deep-sea area streching out to the 200 nautical mile boundary, encompassing a ra…

Marine Stressors

The Marine Stressors Forum aims to provide an integrated platform to promote the enhanced understand…

Coastal Processes & Dynamics

The CPD Forum aims to provide an integrated Forum to promote enhanced understanding of the physical …

Marine Renewable Energy

The Marine Renewable Energy Forum replaces the previously named Marine Energy Forum and it also has …

Fisheries Science

The MASTS Fisheries Science Forum aims to be a collective world class fisheries science facility whi…

Aquaculture

The focus of this forum spans the entirety of the Scottish aquaculture sector, encompassing the prod…

Marine Planning & Governance

The MASTS Marine Planning & Governance Forum is now established. This is to support dialogue acr…

Oil & Gas Environmental Research Forum

The MASTS Oil and Gas (O&G) Forum will be led by Dr Tom Wilding.

Biogeochemistry

The Marine Biogeochemistry Forum (MBF) presents a unique opportunity to ensure marine biogeochemists…

Technology, Platforms and Sensors

Marine science is largely underpinned by technology which is driven and sculpted by mutual interacti…

Numerical and Experimental Hydrodynamics Modelling

The Numerical and Experimental Hydrodynamics Modelling Forum aims to promote numerical hydrodynamic …