MASTS Supports the 4th Scottish Marine Energy Research Symposium

Save the date for the fourth Scottish Marine Energy Research Symposium (ScotMER), taking place over three half days on 27, 28 and 29 October. This year the symposium will be held virtually for the first time which means there will be a wider programme of talks and topics available to attend.

The symposium, which is supported by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) as the delivery partner, will present recent research on seabirds, mammals, fish and socio-economics as well as provide an update on the Scottish Government’s commitment to a Blue Economy Action Plan and the work to support the Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind.

The work of ScotMER aligns with the Blue Economy Action Plan, which was announced in the 2020-21 Programme for Government builds on the work of ScotMER as it aims to unlock opportunities in areas like skills, science, innovation, infrastructure and regulation by taking a more joined-up strategic approach and encouraging collaborations in marine sectors such as offshore renewables, aquaculture and fisheries.

The symposium will also set out priorities for future ScotMER research with Crown Estate Scotland announcing that it will be partnering with Marine Scotland to co-fund five new projects to help improve the evidence base and assessment methodologies for decision-making relating to the next generation of offshore wind projects.

ScotMER supports the Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions, by providing scientific evidence to promote sustainable developments of the offshore renewables industry. The symposiums are organised as an opportunity to present ScotMER’s findings to representatives from environmental organisations, renewables and fishing industries, regulatory and advisory bodies, and academics.

While limitations on venue size have led to past symposiums being themed, the virtual nature of October’s event means there are no restrictions and there will be a diverse programme of speakers ranging from talks on unique Scottish reefs to seabird behaviour in the sky. A recording will also be made available following the event.

Information on how to sign up for the sessions will be published shortly on the Marine Scotland Blog and through the MASTS network.