ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting: Hawaii
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Photo caption: Beautiful Hanauma Bay was just a 30-minute drive from the conference centre in Honolulu, and made the perfect trip to wind down after the conference. The snorkelling was exquisite, and it was fun to fulfil the marine biologist stereotype, for once!
In March this year, Aquatic Sciences, (the biennial ASLO conference) was held in the fabulous location of Hawaii. The view from the plane coming in to Honolulu was a strange juxtaposition of idyllic turquoise waters and high-rise apartment blocks. I spotted the enormous Hawaii Convention Centre, and the scale of this conference began to dawn on me. It is one of the largest meetings of marine and freshwater scientists in the world, and a great opportunity for researchers of a wide variety of discipline to come together to share knowledge and ideas. I felt lucky to be taking part, and incredibly grateful to Challenger Society for the financial assistance.
Just hours after getting off the plane I was getting stuck in to a Science Communication workshop, led by actor Brian Palermo. We tackled how to approach communicating your science to general audiences in a completely different way, which was fantastic.
During the week-long conference there was at any given time up to 15 parallel sessions, along with hundreds of poster presentations, which gives an idea of the scale of the conference. It required some careful advance planning to make sure I did not miss any key talks. There were also lots of interesting lunchtime and evening sessions and events. For example, I attended an early-career researchers workshop in which we learnt about different career paths in science, and could put our question to a diverse panel of scientists.
A highlight of the week was of course having the chance to give an oral presentation on my PhD work in the session ‘New Directions in Plankton Ecology’. Presenting was a nerve-wracking experience, but it felt particularly rewarding to have other scientists approach me after my talk to discuss my research further. I also had an opportunity to meet and chat with some renowned research scientists in my field such as Zoe Finkel, who are experts in topics relevant to my work. I networked with researchers who are based at US and Canadian institutes, whom I would not have had the chance to meet with face to face had I not had the fantastic opportunity to attend Aquatic Sciences 2017 – Mahalo Challenger Society!
Profile: Lucie Munns, Third year PhD student at University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre.
My research explores the diversity of photophysiology in Coccolithophores, an important group of phytoplankton, with a view to improving our understanding of the ecology and biogeography of these key algae.
Before starting my PhD studies, I completed a Bachelors’ degree in Natural Science at the University of Cambridge and worked in a medical pathology lab. I then returned to academia to study for an MSc in Oceanography at the University of Southampton, and have not looked back since!
The oceans, the blue economy and implications for climate change event
The oceans, the blue economy and implications for climate change
Date: 29 November 2023, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Rupert Howes, Joanna Post, Dr John Siddorn, Dr Siva Thambisetty, Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Dr Darian McBain
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building, LSE Campus and online
Many conversations about sustainability and climate-change focus on activities on land – the green part of our planet. This misses a vital part of the puzzle, the role that our oceans play.
Ocean and Coastal Futures - Bursary
As part of our commitment to encouraging and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, Ocean and Coastal Futures is launching its first Coastal Futures Bursary in partnership with Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. This opportunity is open for young people aged 18 to 30 years old, who are currently underrepresented in the marine and coastal sector and face financial barriers to attending. Individuals do not have to be working or studying in the sector currently but must reside in the UK.
CLASS Modelling Workshop 2024
The CLASS Programme is hosting a Modelling Workshop in early 2024. This is aimed at UK participants only. Event details and criteria to sign up are available here.