Events and 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!

Every Wednesday from Feb 10th MASTS will be bringing a freely available marine science webinar. Check out the full MASTS 2021 webinar programme series here!

18 - 22 January - Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub Third Annual Assembly 

The conference will give those working in the offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy sectors the chance to explore cutting edge research, find out about the latest opportunities and challenges, and network with the community. Register for free here.

18 & 29 January - ASSEMBLE Plus Conference 2021 - Marine biological research at the frontier

The event will take place online between 18th and 29th January 2021. The conference is organized by the ASSEMBLE Plus project partnered by a network of marine stations and institutes led by EMBRC ERIC - the European Marine Biological Resource Centre. The conference will include keynote speakers, invited lectures by ASSEMBLE Plus users,  round tables with policy makers and industry, and ASSEMBLE Plus service demonstrations. ASSEMBLE Plus Conference 2021 websiteRegister now here!

19 - 21 January - Coastal Futures: Ocean Recovery online conference

The organiser's of the Coastal Futures conference and Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats (REACH) project have joined with World Wildlife Fund-UK to develop a major online conference. There will be 12-15 sessions covering a wide range of major themes that relate to the way we are intending to restore and recover our coastal and marine environment. Tickets and more information here

21 January 12:00 - European Marine Board webinar: VALUING MARINE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES case studies

This webinar will dive deeper in different ways to value Marine Ecosystem Services with some practical examples by two experts in the field. The valuation of Marine Ecosystem Services was explored in EMB's 5th Future Science Brief on Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services. Gregg Verutes, a PhD student in marine science, technology, and management at the Campus Do Mar and the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain will provide an introduction to valuing nature's contribution to people with the marine InVEST toolbox. Dr. Gill Ainsworth, a Social Scientist at Department of Applied Economics of the University of Santiago de Compostela, will discuss how cultural values can be accounted for for Marine Ecosystem Services. More information and sign up here


Hosted by Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, Indonesia, Norway, Panama, & Sweden. As the next U.N. climate summit (COP26) has been postponed until November 2021, it is essential to maintain the momentum on climate and ocean action. The Ocean-Climate Ambition Summit will be an opportunity to take stock of the ocean-climate dialogue and next steps to advance ocean-climate issues through COP26. More info and registration here

27 January 09:30 - Workshop: The 21st Century Marine Scientist - Delivering science in a net zero world

Join Dr. Kate Hendry and Dr. Eleanor Frajka-Williams for the Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) project  virtual workshop: ‘The 21st Century Marine Scientist: delivering science in a net zero world Workshop 1’. The workshop seeks to capture a diverse range of stakeholder opinion, offering the opportunity to discuss the multiple science drivers that will help to shape future UK oceanographic research directions and infrastructure investment over the next 15 years. We will discuss how investment decisions may also be shaped in turn by the need for sustainability and a low carbon footprint Sign up here and more information here

28 January 16:00 - Webinar: Protecting biodiversity at deep-sea hydrothermal vent

Presented by Cindy Van Dover and colleagues, Duke University. GOBI is an international partnership of institutions committed to advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the marine environment. In particular, GOBI contributes expertise, knowledge and data to support the Convention on Biological Diversity’s efforts to identify ecologically and biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs) by assisting a range of intergovernmental, regional and national organisations to use and develop data, tools and methodologies. More Info and Sign Up Here

29 January 9:30 - 12:30 - We Are The Ocean Summit

This year's summit will look to attract over 100+ participants from around the UK and beyond. The agenda is still being curated, and will aim to bring the leading voices and projects connecting humans to the Ocean. This will be explored via various audiences and methods, ranging from on the ground practitioners to blue carbon to health to climate to marketing to policy to the widest public engagement.

29 January 13:30-18:00 - workshop: De risking consenting of tidal arrays – are we nearly there yet?

ORE Supergen and ORJIP Ocean Energy invites you to this workshop alongside the Marine Energy Wales Conference. With key speakers from the Marine Energy Council, Natural Resources Wales, ORJIP Ocean Energy, the Welsh Consenting Strategic Advisory Group, OES Environmental and key tidal energy developers in Wales, this workshop will focus on the key environmental consenting risks that remain within the tidal energy industry and how we can work together to address these risks and streamline the consenting process in Wales. Register here

1 -3 February afternoons - Workshop on Building Sustainable Change for Europe

Through the Irish Ocean Literacy Network, AquaTT has partnered with leading Environmental Psychologist Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr to host an online workshop that will be specifically adapted to supporting sustainable behaviour change in Europe. Building on the success of our previous workshop in June 2020 (almost 100 participants representing county councils, government departments, state agencies, charities, healthcare and environmental organisations), we are expanding to offer an online introductory workshop on Community Based Social Marketing for a European audience in February 2021. Ticket prices and sign up here

10 February 13:00 - MASTS Webinar with Zoe Hutchison (Uni. Of St Andrews): Subsea cable electromagnetic fields and effects on marine species

The planned expansion of offshore wind and marine renewable energy will increase the number and capacity of subsea cables in coastal waters. In turn this increases the potential for marine species to encounter and be affected by cable electromagnetic fields (EMFs). This talk provides a brief introduction EMFs in the context of offshore renewable energy. Then, briefly reviewing the present knowledge base on the effect of EMFs on marine species, considers how we can improve our knowledge enabling more informed impact assessments and cumulative effects. Sign up here

10 - 11 February - IBiolC's 7th Annual Conference: Towards Net Zero: Growing the Bioeconomy

We'll be focusing on four key areas: • Biotechnology as a solution to climate change, • Pivoting industrial biotechnology expertise to impact health, • How biotechnology can contribute to feeding the world, and • Growing the bioeconomy in Scotland. Sign up and more information here

11 February - MarSocSci Webinar: Co-producing an understanding of the needs and priorities of coastal communities

Speakers: Dom Williamson, Caroline Hattam, Louisa Evans. The GCRF project Coral Communities co-developed and piloted a sensory visual mixed-method that combined gift exchange, image and object elicitation, walking interviews and model coastscape creation together with elements of participatory video with coastal communities in Mauritius, and on Fundo Island, Zanzibar. Outputs were shared with other communities both in person and through social media. The method proved effective in quickly gaining insights into the challenges faced by these communities and overcoming language barriers.The challenge now is to turn these insights into effective actions that can support these communities to build resilience to their changing environment.

12 February 09:00 - webinar: Zoo & Phytoplankton EOV Products: Big data and machine learning methods to enhance biodiversity data

The demonstrator developed by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), in collaboration with the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Sorbonne University. The demonstrator will compile and process several data resources that are available under different European marine networks, data systems and research infrastructures and apply big data analysis and machine learning (e.g. neural networks) methods to create fit for purpose data products, using an open transparent methodology that runs in the Blue Cloud. It will focus on biological Essential Ocean Variables (EOV’s) on plankton. Sign up here

16 February 14:00 - 15:00 - Webinar: Oyster Restoration in the UK: Restoring a Forgotten Ecosystem

Natural History Live events are free online natural history talks, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from either an FSC member of staff or a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Presenter: Celine Gamble. More information here,

17 February 13:00 - MASTS Webinar with Mark Dickey-Collas (ICES): Title TBA

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18 February 12:00 - Webinar: Marine Ecosystem Modelling and Observations

This webinar called "Disclosing the truth: Are models better than observations?" will highlight results from a new paper with the same title, published in Marine Ecology Progress Series. It will be presented by one of the co-authors of EMB's 4th Future Science Brief focused on marine ecosystem modelling. Dr Morten D. Skogen was the Chair of the EMB’s working group on Ecosystem modelling. He is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway. His main research interests include ecoystem modelling, climate, eutrophication and ocean acidification. More information and sign up

18 February - workshop: Policy drivers and enablers for a UK Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC)

This workshop will discuss these issues further we are holding an online workshop to capture stakeholder opinion on:

  • How the UK’s current and future ocean policy and international commitments could influence the net-zero oceanographic capability; and
  • How current and future the legal and regulatory frameworks could influence the net-zero oceanographic capability.

Join Professor Steve Fletcher (Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy at the University of Portsmouth), Kara Chadwick (Royal Navy Legal Adviser) and Roland Rogers (Emeritus Fellow NOC) for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. Register here

24 February 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Brian Quinn (Uni. of West of Scotland): Developing rapid diagnostics to assess fish health for aquaculture

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1 - 5 March - World Ocean Summit 

For the first time, the World Ocean Summit will be held entirely online and registration is free!  The theme of the event is accelerating a sustainable ocean economy. The 2021 agenda will deliver fresh, robust, and action-oriented insights into creating a sustainable ocean economy. The virtual week offers the opportunity to access highly curated content and the chance to make meaningful connections no matter where you are in the world. More info

2-4 & 8-9 March - International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region

The symposium aims for exchange of views and to inform about the threat of plastic to ocean life... ...and possible reactions. Tickets and speaker line up here

3 March 13:00 – MASTS Webinar with Tom Eaves (Uni. Of Dundee): Understanding and categorising ocean mixing

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10 March 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Bryan Wilson (Uni. Of Oxford): The Chagos Archipelago: A Tantalising Glimpse into the Coral Reefs of Yore

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10-11 March -  European Climate Research Alliance General Assembly

Blue-Action will support the European Climate Research Alliance General Assembly in 2021, sharing knowledge with the climate science community across Europe. Updates will be posted on the ECRA website here as the programme becomes available. 

17 March 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Lydia McGill (Uni. Of Highland & Islands): Infaunal analyses and population connectivity of flame shell beds for monitoring and management of marine protected areas in Scotland

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24 March 13:00 - MASTS Webinar with Douglas Speirs (Uni. Of Strathclyde): Title TBA

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31 March 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Dan Smale (Marine Biological Association): Climate-driven shifts in kelp forest structure: implications for productivity, biodiversity and resilience

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7 April 13:00 – MASTS webinar with Tamara Galloway (Uni of Exeter): Title TBA

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14 April 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Heather Stewart (British Geological Survey): Title TBA

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19-30 April - EGU General Assembly 2021

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2021 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. vEGU21 will be a fully virtual meeting. Sessions include - Climate literacy: Learning, education, methods and roadmaps Ticket prices and registration here. Early bird available until March 31st 2021. 

21 April 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Dan Goldberg (Uni. Of Edinburgh): Interactions between ocean and ice shelves in west Antarctica, and implications for ice-sheet stability and coastal productivity

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21-22 April - 10th European Algae Industry Summit, Iceland

This edition will focus on improving production methods, both from an efficiency and a sustainable perspective, with case studies from key players of each segment bringing forward their experience. Find out more here

28 April 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Richard Lilley (Project Seagrass): Seagrass Restoration in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities?

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5 May 13:00 – MASTS webinar with Kristina Barclay (Ocean Acidification Community of Practice, Canada): Title TBA

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11- 12 May - AGM of the NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries

This event will be conducted on Zoom. The timings for the 11th - 12th May are 10:00 to 13:00. this year’s meeting will cover a wide range of topics including the NERC fleet, the Net Zero Oceanographic Capability Scoping Project (NZOC), development work in AUVs, the COVID-19 legacy, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the UN Climate Change Conference COP26, the UK G7 Presidency, global oceanography programmes, international engagement, the next generation of marine scientists and the funding landscape for marine science. You are warmly invited to participate in this free on-line event: For further details and to register. 

12 May 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Marilena Oltmanns (National Oceanography Centre) - How does the Arctic affect our weather? Fresh perspectives on a long-standing question

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19 May 13:00 - MASTS webinar with Huw Griffiths (Pride in Polar Research, BAS) - Title TBA

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22-24 May - The International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers (ICYMARE)

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5-8 July - 2021 Annual Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles 

This event focuses on the functional role of fish and fisheries in aquatic ecosystems, at a time when the impact of man has never been so extensive. Topics range from the fundamental to the applied, from a small to a large scale, from the past to the future, provided that fish and fisheries take a prime role. Abstract deadline: 1st Feb 2021. More information and registration here

6-10 September - Challenger Society Conference, Oban

Abstract submission is open until 15th May. Special Sessions: Biodiversity Crisis In The Marine Environment The Climate Emergency Of The Marine Environment Coastal And Shelf Sea Interactions An Ocean For The 9 Billion The Predictable Ocean For The “Greater Good” - Marine Science By And For Everyone The Complex Ocean: Processes, Cycles And Long Term Changes Tomorrow’s World: Techniques And Technology For The Next Generation (Un)Frozen Environments. More information and abstract submission here

6-10 September - Conference: ECSA 58 & EMECS 13: Estuaries and coastal seas in the Anthropocene – Structure, functions, services and management, Hull

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. Abstract Submission Deadline: 9 April 2021More info and Sign up here

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