Global Marine Sustainability Workshop

20-22 September 2016, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban content

20-22 September 2016, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban


The themes of this conference have been continued through various other projects undertaken at SAMS UHI. See the GlobalSeaweed project website for an overview of the work that continues in this area.

The GlobalSeaweed project aims to create a global ambitious network of partners tackling emerging issues in seaweed cultivation (e.g. pests, invasives, pathogens), using a combination of two-way knowledge transfer and community-oriented research activities.

It supports several UK and UNU priority areas, such as food safety, sustainable use of the marine environment and biodiversity. It aims to achieve sustainability and global societal impact through SAMS association to the UNU.

Global Marine Sustainability Workshop

The marine environment has the power to connect communities globally. In the spirit of connection, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) and its Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies are hosting a joint workshop to build on synergies across research from the Northern Seas and the Gulf of Mexico. This Global Marine Sustainability Workshop aims to drive research-based solutions, develop marine technology for commercialisation, and educate a strong workforce in order to support marine and coastal sustainability.

This three-day event was held at SAMS, Oban, from 20-22 September 2016 in an effort to build connections across the whole spectrum of marine science.

Day one focused on marine science, education and society, including themes on balancing blue growth and sustainability in an increasingly busy ocean and defining an integrated approach to ecosystem science.

Day two covered emerging technologies in aquaculture and innovative and advanced remote sensing capabilities and data science. Discussion themes for the day included finding space for aquaculture in a busy sea and balancing the use of research ships and autonomous systems. There was specific emphasis on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems, unmanned underwater vehicles, and remotely operated vehicles (UASs, UUVs and ROVs), complemented by a trade show showcasing marine businesses from Argyll, Scotland, and beyond.

Day three comprised a series of dedicated smaller group sessions to develop ideas and opportunities for international research collaboration and innovation.

The workshop welcomed around 100 research leaders, high level opinion formers and policy makers (such as NSF, NOAA and Marine Scotland) from each of the sectors.