Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables 2020
Led by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) with Heriot Watt University (HWU), Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables (EIMR) is an international conference hosted at different sites across the Scottish Highlands and Islands region. The conference series explores the interactions of marine renewable energy technologies with the environment.
The 2020 conference will be held in Oban,
21-23 April 2020
The International Conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables (EIMR) is a major forum for researchers and professionals to come together to present their latest research, results, and ideas. EIMR aims to strengthen relationships between the emerging marine renewable energy industry, research laboratories, universities, and government agencies.
The main conference venue will be Corran Halls in Oban.
Previous conferences in Kirkwall, Orkney (2012 & 2018), and Stornoway, Lewis (2014) explored the interactions of wave and tidal energy technologies with the environment. Wave and tidal energy testing and commercial deployments have continued to progress in Scotland and worldwide. The industry, regulators and academic researchers now have real world experience that has generated valuable lessons about the relative significance of environmental interactions and strategies or reducing consenting risk; it is these experiences the conference will explore and help to advance.
Specifically, EIMR 2020 will focus on the environmental, societal, and policy aspects of wave, tidal stream, or tidal range energy, although lessons learned from offshore wind (floating and fixed) and other industries are welcomed. This year we will also provide space for emerging topics, including: multi-use platforms and co-location, community-scale marine renewable energy, and social licence to operate.
Either side of the main conference there will be workshops exploring key issues of the sector, full details will be confirmed in 2020, but two workshops are confirmed;
- Environmental interactions of floating offshore wind
- Collision risk to marine mammals from tidal turbines – next steps towards understanding and retiring risk
The Scientific Advisory Committee is again chaired by Professor Ben Wilson of the University of the Highlands and Islands