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Discussion Forum: Marine Science, Engineering, Aquaculture & Ocean Policy

January 31, 2020 @ 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

One-day Discussion Forum for Researchers: Marine Science, Engineering, Aquaculture & Ocean Policy at the University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has a long and proud tradition of leadership in ocean research extending back to the pioneering HMS Challenger expedition (1872-76) led by Sir Charles Wyville Thomson during his time as Regius Chair of Natural History. Today, research targeting healthy and productive oceans in Edinburgh crosses disciplines from marine science and engineering to law and policy, aquaculture genetics and health, food security, and sustainability.

Despite the excellent ocean-related research being done by individuals and small groups, the University has little cross-institutional awareness and limited external visibility in this arena. We aim to change this as we approach the 150th anniversary of the Challenger expedition in 2022, Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020 and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). To build an ocean research community at the University of Edinburgh, we invite researchers from across the University to join in a one day forum to discuss marine science, engineering and aquaculture research, and how we can move forward to increase our impact, maximise our involvement in these initiatives, and address United Nations sustainable development goals and other policy drivers.

The forum will be organised around the six societal goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science:

  • A clean ocean where sources of pollution are identified and removed
  • A healthy and resilient ocean where marine ecosystems are mapped and protected
  • A predictable ocean where society has the capacity to understand current and future ocean conditions
  • A safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards
  • A sustainably harvested and productive ocean ensuring the provision of food supply
  • A transparent ocean with open access to data, information and technologies

The forum will lay the groundwork for a high-level position paper outlining how the University of Edinburgh will respond to the societal goals of the UN Decade of Ocean Science. It will collate information on the University’s expertise, infrastructure and relevant research and teaching/capacity building activities.

Organisers: Murray Roberts (Geosciences), Sinead Collins (Biology), Ross Houston (The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies))


0845 Registration and coffee

0915 Introduction and scene setting (Dave Robertson, Murray Roberts, Sinead Collins, Ross Houston)

0930 Scene setting talks

  • GeoSciences
  • The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • Biology
  • SRUC
  • Engineering
  • Law

1030 Coffee

1100 Speed dating

1200 Lunch

1300 Breakout discussion on each of the six Societal Goals

1530 Coffee

1615 Report back from each Societal Goal group

1700 Meeting ends

For more information please visit the One-Day Discussion Forum for Researchers website

“Please be aware that this event might be photographed and/or recorded for possible use in study materials for the University. If you have any queries, please contact the Geosciences Research Support Office on events.geos@ed.ac.uk or speak to the event organiser.”


Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)
High School Yards, Infirmary Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ United Kingdom


Murray Roberts (Geosciences), Sinead Collins (Biology), Ross Houston (The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies)