Marine technology summit in the Scottish Highlands

Leading academics from the UK, Europe and the USA are gathering in the Scottish highlands this week for the three-day Global Marine Sustainability Workshop (September 20 – 22).

It will be held in the European Marine Science Park in Dunstaffnage, near Oban, and is focused on marine technology and robotics, aquaculture, marine and coastal sustainability and education.

Working with Texas university

University of the Highlands and Islands have organised the event in association with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), where the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies is located.

Staff from several of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ partner colleges will attend the workshop, including representatives from North Highland College UHI’s Environmental Research Institute, Inverness College UHI’s Rivers and Lochs Institute and the NAFC Marine Centre UHI.

Focus on marine technology

The aim is to build connections across the whole spectrum of marine science, but initial focus will be on learning, education and outreach; emerging technologies in aquaculture; and advanced remote sensing capabilities and data science through robotics.

Professor Ian Bryden, the University of the Highlands and Islands vice-principal (research) said: “Research at the University of the Highlands and Islands draws its inspiration from our unique natural, social and economic environment and this transatlantic gathering represents an internationally significant opportunity to further develop our marine science capability in partnership with our Texan friends. We are looking at a spectrum of capability, from fundamental science to direct commercial application, drawn from each side of the North Atlantic and I fully expect to see great things emerging in the months and years ahead.”