Millport Research Seminar 2019 – Invitation and Call for Proposals

My name is Jack Lucas and I am a Senior Tutor working for the Field Studies Council, based at Millport Field Centre on the Isle of Cumbrae. I am contacting you as I believe you may be interested in either attending or presenting at this year’s 3rd Millport Marine Symposium, which is being held across the weekend of the 19th – 20th October (with the main symposium event on the Saturday). This is an initial invite for attendees and call for papers for potential presenters for the conference later this year. Last year’s conference was a huge success with presentations spanning the length and breadth of the marine field; we had academics, conservationists, writers, students, researchers, poets, divers and ecologists (to name but a few) all speaking passionately about their part of the ocean realm. The proceedings of the event last year were compiled into a short document to give an flavour of the talks, posters and field excursions on offer.
The Symposium in 2019 aims to be even bigger and better. We are sticking with the same weekend event format, both to provide an immersive and memorable experience for those who want to attend the field excursions and also to allow attendees that may have to travel a bit further than others the chance to stay for a few days to explore our local Clyde marine environment. However day tickets for the symposium are extremely cheap and we want to encourage as many local people as possible to attend the day of talks and presentations, which promises to be just as exciting as last year! The conference fee is also waived for anyone presenting a poster or giving a talk! The initial itinerary can be found in the invite document along with details of costs, location, facilities etc. As this is the first call for papers, there is not an official programme of speakers yet (although plenty of exciting talks have been informally agreed already!) and this will be released later once the submission period has closed in August.
If possible I would ask that you forward this email, print off the invite to put up around your organisation or mention in passing this symposium to anyone and everyone you think may be interested in attending or speaking. As you will see from last year’s proceedings, this event is aimed at everyone who is interested in the marine environment and all speakers are encouraged to pitch their talks to a diverse audience! We welcome submissions from anyone who feels they would have some fascinating marine work to share, be it student or researcher, lecturer or professional, artist or photographer. This in an amazing chance to showcase your work in a friendly but formal setting. We would also encourage any potential presenters to consider publishing their work (if appropriate) in the FSC’s online scientific journal, Field Studies.
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) to myself by

1st August.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Jack Lucas