10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium (ITRS)
10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium (ITRS), University of Western Australia, Perth
The spectacular University of Western Australia, Perth, was host to the 10th International Temperate Reefs Symposium (ITRS) in January 2014. The ITRS has a committed following of marine scientists working on temperate hard-bottom habitats. Scientific collaboration and communication are considered a key focus of this broad and inclusive symposium. The overarching theme for the 2014 meeting was Ecological Transitions, encompassing research on natural rocky reefs, man-made structures, and biogenic surfaces. Session themes included Global Change Biology and Ecology, Thresholds of Change, and Human Impacts.
As part of the Human Impacts theme, I delivered an oral presentation entitled “Building-in beneficial features: an artificial rockpool case study”. In the third year of my PhD study, this was a tremendous opportunity to present my research to experts in the field and to seek valuable feedback before entering the critical final stage of the project. A personal highlight was listening to a plenary delivered by CSIRO’s Dr Alistair Hobday about the importance of applied research and partnership with management agencies for addressing the challenges of climate change. As a PhD student working on an applied ecological conservation project, this inspired and encouraged me about the value and potential impact of applied science, in a world where blue sky research often receives greater esteem.
A lively poster session and social programme also allowed me to form rewarding links with a wide range of people at all stages of their careers. I have returned to work at Aberystwyth University with a renewed energy and enthusiasm for my research and potential future career. I am truly grateful to the Challenger Society for their generous grant funding which enabled me to attend this conference.
Challenger Medal Awarded 2020 and 2022
The Challenger Society is delighted to announce the delayed award of the 2020 Challenger Medal to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato, and of the 2022 Challenger Medal to Prof. Carol Robinson. We are absolutely delighted to honour these two fantastic scientists in this way, and look forward to hearing their Award Lectures at the forthcoming Challenger 150 meeting at the Natural History Museum. For more information about the Challenger Conference 2022 please click here.
International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit #DITTO22
You are warmly invited to join on-line the International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit #DITTO22, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday the 4th and 5th of May.
Vacancy MASTS Marine Social Science Lead
MASTS has a vacancy for a 0.5FT Marine Social Science lead.