EIMR International Conference 2018
Led by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR) is an international conference hosted at different sites across the Scottish Highlands and Islands region.
For a number of reasons, the decision has been taken to postpone the EIMR2017 conference. We believe that the environmental interactions of marine energy technologies continues to be an important field of research and worthy of a dedicated conference series. We therefore intend to reschedule this meeting for spring 2018.
The next conference will be held jointly in Orkney/Caithness in 2018, at an exciting time for the sector and the region as marine renewable devices are deployed.
The International Conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Energy Technologies aims to serve as a major forum for global researchers and professionals to come together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities.
As developments accelerate and fresh challenges emerge it has become clear there are gaps in our understanding, particularly around our knowledge of the interactions between these increasingly physical and ecologically complex devices and their environment. The extent of planned developments is extensive and there is limited resources and information available for certain topics (location and populations of species at sea, commercial fisheries and shipping, likelihood of collisions, etc). This presents the academic community with a unique opportunity to harness its significant capabilities to work alongside the ongoing technological development of marine renewables. This would allow the generation of a shared, holistic view where potentially negative impacts may be balanced through wider benefits to the environment and society in terms of subtle changes to habitats and hydrodynamic interactions with coastal areas. Such a view would contribute to a growing academic evidence base that can support the emergent industry in the marine renewables arena.