Workshop Programme

The Global Marine Sustainability Workshop is a collaboration among international marine institutes in Scotland and the United States as well as government and federal agencies and industry frontrunners interested in innovative technology and workforce development. The conference is comprised of a series of discussion panels, working groups, and networking events focusing on marine and coastal sustainability through technology, commercialisation, education and training.

Links to recorded workshop proceedings can be found here :

Mon 19 Sep

TimeActivityLocation
All day Delegates to arrive in Oban  
17:30 Welcome to Oban, Argyll, and Scotland

Visit Scotland
Oban Bay Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban
17:30 – 20:30 Drinks reception and networking Oban Bay Hotel, Corran Esplanade, Oban

Tues 20 Sep

TimeMain SessionLocation
08:30 – 09:00 Arrival
Tea, Coffee, Networking
SAMS Reception, JMB
OEC Cafe, SMB
09:00 – 09:30 Workshop Welcome
  • Prof Nick Owens, Direct, SAMS (5 minutes)
  • Prof. Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal (Research), UHI (10 minutes)
  • Dr. James Abbey, Director of Global and Corporate Partnerships, TAMUS (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice-President RCO, TAMU-CC (5 minutes)
A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
09:30 – 10:30

Introductory Session:

Marine Science has no borders – perspectives on international research to address global science challenges and sustainability issues

  • Prof Peter Liss, Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia (Session Chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director, HRI/TAMU-CC (10 minutes)
  • Prof. Nick Owens, Director, SAMS (10 minutes)
  • Dr. Tony Knap, Director, Texas A&M GERG-TAMU (10 minutes)

Panel Discussion, led by chair (20 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
11:00 – 12:30

Panel 1: Comparative Environmental Management

Balancing Blue Growth & sustainability in an increasingly busy ocean

  • Dr. Jerry Miller, Director, Office of Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, national Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (Chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Richard McLaughlin, Endowed Chair in Marine Policy & Law, HRI/TAMU-CC (8 Minutes)
  • Prof. Paul Tett, Reader in Coastal Systems, SAMS (8 Minutes)
  • Dr. Jenny Pollack, Associate Professor of Aquaculture, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Prof. Ben Wilson, Chair of Energy, UHI and Principal Investigator in Mammalogy and Marine Renewables, SAMS (8 Minutes)
  • Dr. David Yoskowitz, Endowed Chair in Socioeconomics, HRI/TAMU-CC (8 Minutes)
  • Prof. Teresa Fernandes, Professor of Environmental Science, Heriot Watt University (8 Minutes)

Panel Discussion, led by chair (30 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
12:30 – 14.00 Lunch, Networking, Undergraduate posters Room 3, JMB
14:00 – 15:30

Panel 2: Comparative Ecosystem Science

Defining an integrated approach for ecosystem science

  • Dr. Larry McKinney, Executive Director, HRI/TAMU-CC (Chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr Bhavani Narayanaswamy, Principal Investigator in Deep Sea Ecosystems and head of SAMS Graduate School, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Paul Montagna, Endowed Chair in Ecosystems and Modelling, HRI/TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Professor Bjørn Kvamme, Professor of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Richard Coffin, Professor of Geochemical Oceanography, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Prof. Angela Hatton, Associate Director of Research and Principal Investigator in Biogenic Gas Research, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. James Gibeaut, Endowed Chair in Geospatial Sciences, HRI/TAMU-CC (8 minutes)

Panel Discussion, led by chair (30 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
15.30-16.00 Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
16:00 – 17:30

Panel 3: Marine Education Opportunities

Achieving the right mix: overseas students, in-country needs, & informal education and outreach

  • Dr. James Abbey, Director of Global and Corporate Partnerships, TAMUS (Chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, Director, Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, TAMUCC (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Anuschka Miller, Head of Communications and Director of the OEC, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Rudy Rosen, Director, Institute for Water Resources and Technology, TAMU-SA (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Gary Campbell, Dean of Science, Health and Engineering, UHI (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Frank Pezold, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Prof. Keith Smyth, Professor of Pedagogy, UHI (8 minutes)

Panel Discussion, led by chair

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
17:30 Busses / transportation back to Oban  
19:30

Formal dinner reception, Oban

Guest speakers

  • Cleland Sneddon, CEO of Argyll and Bute Council
  • Prof. Ian Bryden, Vice-Principal (Research), UHI
  • Carroll Buxton, Director of Regional Development, HIE
  • Dr. Frank Pezold, Dean, College of Science & Engineering, TAMU-CC
The Olive Garden, Oban

Wed 21 Sep

TimeMain SessionLocation
08:30 – 09:00 Arrival, Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
09:00-9:15

Welcome, Synthesis of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2

Welcome – Prof Nick Owens, Director, SAMS (5 minutes)

Synthesis – Dr. David Yoskowitz, Endowed Chair in Socioeconomics, HRI/TAMU-CC (10 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
09:15 – 9:45

Keynote Speaker

Emerging autonomous systems use for positive economic and social benefit in coastal regions (TBC) (30 minutes)

  • Marty Rogers, Business Director, Alaska Centre for Unmanned Aircraft System Integration
A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
9:45 – 11:15

Panel 4: Collaborating on Autonomous Systems in the Marine Environment

Autonomous systems – technologies looking for a question, or questions which can be answered with technology?

  • Prof Mark Inall, SAGES Director and Principal Investigator in Physical Oceanography & Lead scientist for NAGB, SAMS (chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Michael Starek, Assistant Professor of Geographical Information Sciences and Geospatial Engineering, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Phil Anderson, Head of Marine Technology, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr Steve DiMarco, Associate Professor of Oceanography, GERG TAMU (8 minutes)
  • James Slaughter, Centre team member for Highlands and Islands, SoXSA (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Stefan Gary , Research Associate in Physical Oceanography SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Bart Ballard, Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research, Caesar Kleburg Wildlife Centre, TAMU-K (8 minutes)

Panel discussion, to be led by chair (30 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
11:45 – 13:15

Panel 5: Autonomous systems in industry

What are the next big breakthroughs in autonomous systems? What are the pathways for integrating them into marine industries?

  • Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director Innovation & Enterprise, NOC (chair) (5 minutes)
  • RDML Philip Kenul, NOAA (ret.), Senior Vice President, Aviation and Operations, TriVector Services Inc. supporting NOAA UAS Program Office (8 minutes)
  • Fraser MacDonald, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow for Autonomous Systems, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Jerry Hendrix, Executive Director, LSUASC/TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Prof. David Meldrum, Professor Emeritus, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Rick Lusk, Director, Unmanned Aerial Research Centre, Oak Ridge National Labs (8 minutes)
  • Loren HIller, Marine Sales manager, Chelsea Instruments (8 Minutes)

Panel discussion, led by chair (30 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
13:15 – 15:00 Lunch, Networking, Exhibition, Post-graduate posters European Marine Science Park, Malin House, 1st Floor
15:00 – 16:30

Panel 6: Aquaculture in diverse ecosystems

Finding space for sustainable aquaculture in a busy sea: impacts and opportunities

  • Sonia Ortega, NSF Europe-Eurasia Office head (Chair) (5 minutes)
  • Dr. Juan Landivar, Resident Director, TAMU-AgriLife (8 minutes)
  • TBC, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cottier, Head of SAMS-United Nations University Associate Institute and Senior Lecturer in Marine Invasive Species, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Joe Fox, Professor of Mariculture and Fisheries, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)
  • Dr. Michele Stanley, Principal Investigator in Microalgal Molecular Phycology, SAMS (8 minutes)
  • Dr. John Scarpa, Associate Professor of Aquaculture, TAMU-CC (8 minutes)

Panel Discussion, led by chair (30 minutes)

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
16:00 –16:45 Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
16:45 – 17:00

Day 2 Synthesis and forward look to Day 3 workshops

  • Prof Mark Inall, SAGES Director and Principal Investigator in Physical Oceanography & Lead Scientist for NAGB, SAMS (10 minutes)
A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
17:00 Busses / transportation back to Oban  
  Informal evening meals – attendees to make their own arrangements Oban
20:00 Ceilidh & Light Refreshments, Oban The Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Breadalbane Street, Oban

Thurs 22 Sep

TimeMain SessionLocation
08:30 Arrival, Coffee, Tea, Networking OEC Cafe, SMB
09:00

Keynote Speaker

Functionalizing the Galway Statement (30 minutes)

  • Louise Allcock, Lecturer, NI, Galway
A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
09:30 – 11:30

Working Group Meetings

Working Group Charge, Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice-President, RCO/TAMU-CC

Meetings to be based on panels from Day 1 and Day 2

Focused on developing projects and exploring potential funding opportunities, to include:

  • Faculty, student, and educational exchanges (Lead – Dr. Axel Miller, SAMS)
  • Aquaculture research collaborations (Lead-Dr Michele Stanley, SAMS)
  • Autonomous systems research collaborations (Lead – Dr Luis Cifuentes)
  • Marine Ecosystems Management, Planning, and Policy (Lead - Dr. David Yoskowitz)
  • Marine Ecosystems Science  (Lead – Dr. Larry McKinney)
A scribe to be assigned to each panel and working group to record proceedings and assist with reporting.
Working groups to take place across SAMS meeting rooms. Tea/coffee to be available in meeting rooms.
11:30 – 12:15

Working group reports

Working groups leaders to report on progress and agreed next steps

A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
12:15 – 12:30

Summary & Closing

  • Prof. Nick Owens, Director, SAMS
  • Dr Luis Cifuentes, Vice-President, RCO/TAMU-CC
A.P. Orr Lecture Theatre, SMB
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & networking A.P. Orr Annex, SMB
13:30

Optional local tours

  • Finfish & seaweed aquaculture / wildlife tour
  • Oban Whisky Distillery
  • Cruachan dam / Power plant
 

Locations & Acronyms

Locations

  • JMB – SAMS Sir John Murray Building
  • SMB – SAMS Sheina Marshall Building

Acronyms

  • GERG: Geochemical and Environmental Research Group
  • HIE: Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • HRI: Harte Research Institute
  • LSUASC: LoneStar UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation
  • NAGB: North Atlantic Glider base
  • NERC: National Environmental Research Council
  • NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NOC: National Oceanographic centre
  • NUI: National University of Ireland
  • NSF: National Science Foundation
  • OEC: Ocean Explorer Centre
  • RCO: Research, Commercialization and outreach
  • SAGES: Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society
  • SAMS: Scottish Association of Marine Science
  • SoXSA: The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications
  • TAMU-CC: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • TAMU-CS: Texas A&M University-College Station
  • TAMU-K: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • TAMU-SA: Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • TAMUS: Texas A&M University System
  • UEA: University of East Anglia