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!

23 - 25 November - Webinars: Conservation and Sustainable use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (daily)

Day 1: Purpose, History, Procedural Aspects, and Topics (14:00-15:30) Sign up here
Day 2: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity & Marine Genetic Resources (12:00 - 13:30) Sign up here
Day 3: Area Based Management Tools & Capacity Building and Technology Transfer (12:00 - 13:30) Sign up here

25 November 19:00 – 20:30 - RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards 2020

Tune in live for the Nature of Scotland Awards 2020 with hosts Steve Backshall and Euan McIIwraith! There are nine award categories, and the shortlisted entries can be found here rspb.org.uk/natureofscotland. Sign up here

25 - 27 November - RRS Sir David Attenborough science users’ workshop

Join us for all or part of a three-day science-users’ workshop to discuss the science and operation of the new polar research ship. This workshop is for scientists from all disciplines, engineers, data managers and operational support teams who have an interest in using the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
Day one – Making waves: Britain’s new polar ship (10.00am - 12.00pm)
Day two – RRS Sir David Attenborough science capability (10.00am - 12.15pm
Day three – Doing things differently: science opportunities and challenges (10.00am - 5.15pm)
More information and sign up

26 November 14:00 - 15:30 webinar: SeaFish FMIG bite-size meeting. Inshore fisheries management opportunities.

This Fisheries Management and Innovation Groupbite-size meeting will look at the range of initiatives that are ongoing to help improve U.K. inshore fisheries management. More info and sign up here

27 November 14:00 - 15:30: Webinar: Oceans and Climate Change: Impact and Adaptation 

The seminar session on climate change will highlight the impacts of climate change on the oceans, the role that oceans play in climate dynamics, and mitigation and adaptation strategies to climate change. The panellists will explain how climate change affects coastal communities, oceans, and marine life. More information and sign up here

27 November 13:00 CET - Webinar: Introducing a new Marine Arctic Data Portal powered by EMODnet Physics

EMODnet (Physics, Data Ingestion), CMEMS INSTAC, Copernicus In Situ Coordination Group and EuroGOOS have taken the initiative to establish a dedicated Marine Arctic Data Portal with the purpose to: Provide marine Arctic in-situ data easily accessible and freely available for any users, Support European data integrator infrastructures (CMEMS, EMODnet and SDN) with relevant data and more! Sign up here

30 November - GENIALG conference

GENIALG is a Horizon 2020 funded, four-year Blue Growth project. GENIALG’s overall objective is to boost the European Blue Economy by designing high-yielding seaweed cultivation systems. An international, one-day, open-door, final conference organised by the GENIALG project. GENIALG will be pleased to present the latest research results around many different aspects of direct relevance to the seaweed sector in Europe. Focus will be on the latest innovative seaweed results and their application to seaweed cultivation and biorefinery. More information and sign up here

30 November-2 December - Arctic Futures Symposium: Resilient Arctic Communities

Arctic Futures aims to create discussions and best practice exchanges between Arctic stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Side events are organised in tandem with the symposium to create and foster connections between Arctic stakeholders and the general public in other ways. Tickets and information here

1 - 3 December - 4th ScotMER Symposium

HOSTED BY MASTS and led by the Scottish Government, the ScotMER programme is improving the scientific evidence to understand the environmental and socioeconomic implications of offshore renewable developments. Sign up here

1 - 2 December - commOCEAN: 4th International Marine Science Communication Conference

Are you a professional communicator working in a marine institute, governmental body or a NGO, or a marine scientist that would like to be speed-trained by experts in the skills of modern ocean science communication? This conference programme combines hands-on exercises in current science communication skills for disseminating ocean research and technology, with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way. More info and sign up here

2 - 3 December - 1st International Symposium on Human Health and the Ocean in a changing world

The purpose of the 1st International Symposium on Human Health and the Ocean in a changing world is to provide an update on the various risks human activities expose the oceans to, and the threats that those activities and the resulting ocean degradation pose to human health, but also to consider the various benefits that the Ocean can bring to the health and wellbeing of populations. More info and tickets here

3 December 13:00 - 14:00 - Webinar: Co-producing an understanding of the needs and priorities of coastal communities with MarSocSci

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. This process took place in order to co-produce an understanding of the impacts of coral reef decline and to provide the communities with an opportunity to voice their concerns for their future in their own words. Outputs were shared with other communities both in person and through social media. More info and sign up here

3 December 19:00 - 20:00 webinar:"Cleaning your beach and enjoying it too"

Dr Susann Power and Rachael Singleton, NI Innovation Lab explore research findings on the benefits of beach cleaning on mental and physical health and eco-tourism. More info and sign up here

3 December - 13:30-15:30 - Forecasting fish distribution and abundance in the Atlantic Ocean: the challenge of balancing exploitation and sustainability

This briefing is co-organised by 3 European Union funded research projects working on climate predictions in the marine environment. Advances in state-of-the-art modelling and assessments are starting to provide robust forecasts on longer timescales. In cooperation with fishing communities, scientists and modellers have started to create the first generation of fish forecasting products. Already, in some areas, variables such as sea-surface temperature can be predicted five or more years in advance. When coupled with ongoing work in fisheries research, models are being developed that can predict fish stock distribution and abundance many months in advance. More information here

3 - 4 December - 3rd All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum

This event is hosted by Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum will provide an opportunity to a wide-ranging audience, ranging from political leaders, research leaders, academics, civil society, entrepreneurs and the youth to engage in inspirational topics around the Atlantic Ocean. Sign up here

4 December - MULTI-FRAME webinar: How is ocean multi-use understood and defined worldwide?

The main objective of this webinar is to introduce the MULTI-FRAME project to its Advisory Board and stakeholders and raise awareness about the topic of ocean multi-use. More specifically, the webinar will discuss how is ocean multi-use understood and defined worldwide. More info and sign up here

7 - 10 December - Reef Conservation UK Annual Meeting

HOSTED BY MASTS: RCUK is a networking group and annual meeting for reef scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts to discuss and collaborate on issues related to coral reef research and conservation. The community is increasingly expanding to include those who work on cold water coral ecosystems, as well as tropical coral reefs. Our annual conference opens the lines of communication through a series of presentations and networking opportunities. Sign up here

7-11 December - training: Bayesian Network Analysis and the Social-Cultural Dimension

Online course Application deadline: 28 November 2020 ​​Bayesian Networks (BNs) are a flexible modelling method that can be used in various ways to address different types of research questions. Their strength comprises the ability to combine different types of data and knowledge, as well as include, integrate and represent uncertainty. The graphical nature of BNs makes them easy to communicate across scientific disciplines, and to diverse groups of stakeholders. Tickets and sign up here

7 December - 12th Scottish Symposium on Environmental Analytical Chemistry 

This one-day online symposium is a forum for early-career scientists involved in the development or application of chemical analysis in environmental studies to present their work and meet others in their field, but all are welcome with an interest or expertise in the area. Keynote presentation from Prof Jaime Toney, Professor in Environmental and Climate Science in the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, and the Director of the Centre of Sustainable Solutions, at the University of Glasgow. Sign up here

10 December - SEATAC science Cafe: Science Communication in times of Covid-19

More information coming soon and will be published here

10 December 17:00 - 21:00 - #DefendtheDeep: Global Youth Mobilizing To Protect The Deep Sea

This virtual event will highlight the voices and efforts of global youth that are mobilizing to #DefendTheDeep against the mounting pressures of deep-seabed mining. More info and sign up here

13 - 16 December - World (virtual) Conference on Marine Biodiversity

The conference programme will be designed to accommodate varying time-zones. It will enable all participants to view all talks and posters, even those in parallel sessions, at a time of their choosing. All materials, abstracts, programme, posters, talks, keynote presentations, and ‘breakout rooms’ for live discussion between participants, will be organised through one website. Side events to encourage live interactions between participants will be organised. More Information Here

14 - 16 December - 2nd International Ocean Governance Forum 

The European Commission and the European External Action Service invite stakeholders worldwide to discuss ocean challenges and to define action-oriented solutions towards global sustainability objectives – at the 2nd International Ocean Governance Forum. Sign up here

12 January 17:00 - 19:00  - webinar: Treasures of the deep: life and rocks

Join us on for an introduction to deep-sea mining (DSM), moderated by Professor Murray Roberts. Experts in the field will discuss the process, laws and reasoning behind mining in the deep. Speakers will also introduce who and what could be affected by mining and if it is truly unavoidable in the future. Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. Sign up here

19 - 21 January 2021 - 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

10-11 March 2021 -  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. 

6-10 September 2021 - Conference: ECSA 58 & EMECS 13: Estuaries and coastal seas in the Anthropocene – Structure, functions, services and management

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 2021.  More info and Sign up here

17 - 20 October 2021 - 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