Challenger Society 2014 prize winners
The Challenger Society would like to thank all the members who contributed to this year’s successful conference through poster submissions, presentations, photographs and attending as delegates.
Awards and prizes are presented at the conference dinner and reception held during the biannual event, and hosted this year at the Plymouth Guildhall. Many thanks to Challenger Captain Nick Owens and Challenger President Tim Jickells for presenting the awards.
In particular the Society would like to congratulate the following members on their achievements:
The Challenger Medal
The Challenger Medal is the premier award of the Society. The award is for a distinguished UK marine scientist or other person who has made a single major contribution, or a sustained contribution, to the development of marine science, or whose innovation has opened up new perspectives. The medal is presented on the occasion of the Challenger Lecture by the recipient during the Challenger Society biennial meeting.
Mark Moore, NOC
Will Homoky, University of Oxford
Fellowships are awarded to early career-stage marine scientists who are members of the Challenger Society, for their achievements and promise in a branch of marine sciences: marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geology and marine physics.
Norman Heaps prize for best early career talk
Mike Blackett, University of Southampton and SAHFOS
The Norman Heaps prize was first awarded in 1988, and is awarded for the best oral presentation by an early-career stage non-established scientist.
Mike Blackett's presentation was on 'Long-term variability of the calycophoran siphonophores Muggiaea atlantica and M. kochi in the Western English Channel'
Cath Allen prize for best poster
Eleanor Jameson, University of Warwick
For the best poster presentation at the Challenger biennial meeting. The Best Poster Prize was first awarded in 1988 and was renamed in the honour Cath Allen, a research scientist at POL in 1991.
Eleanor Jameson's poster was entitled 'Data-mining bacterial pathways of TMA production'
IMarEST prize for best poster on operational oceanography
Hemanaden Runghen, Mauritius Oceanography Institute
The poster was on "Managing geophysical data in the South West Indian Ocean using GeoMapApp".
IMarEST Tripartite Undergraduate Award
Christine Mckenna, University of St Andrews
Christina was awarded this prize for her dissertation “A reconstruction of water mass distributions in the Faroe-Shetland Channel using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis” written while studying her BSc Geography and Mathematics.
Dr. Bee Berx, her sponsor, collected the award on her behalf as she was unable to attend the dinner.
MBA prize for the best poster by a student
Natalie Wager, UEA
The poster was on "Distribution of sea surface nitrous oxide and methane in the Atlantic Ocean".
Tripartite award winner
Christine McKenna, University of S Andrews
This prize given by IMarEST, SUT and the Challenger Society.
Dissertation title: A reconstruction of water mass distributions in the Faroe-Shetland Channel using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis. Course: BSc Geography and Mathematics.
President’s photographic competition
Robert Cook, Heriot Watt University
For the best photograph on a designated theme. This year’s theme was “Interaction with marine science”. The President's Prize was introduced in 1994 (President Dr Brian McCartney).
Is fieldwork a requirement for a career in marine science?
Please save the date for an introductory and perception gathering event run by a subset of the Challenger Society EDIA working group. The virtual event will focus on ‘Evaluating perceptions of job roles in marine research and raising awareness of digital twinning of the oceans to promote diversity and inclusivity in the marine sciences.’ The event will take place on the 27th of January 2021 13:30-15:30 on zoom.
The Decade Working Group (DWG): Update
In the UK marine community the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), hereafter ‘the Decade’, is gaining growing publicity. What is less well established is how UK marine researchers can participate in the Decade and how funding for research will emerge.
New NERC Ocean Observations Consultation
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has asked the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to lead a piece of work on prioritising the sustained ocean observations that are most important to the UK and the international effort.