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Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry Conference VIII

Ambio wordleWe are pleased to invite you to the Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry (AMBIO) VIII Conference hosted by SAMS from 6 to 8 September 2017.

This is the biennial meeting of the Challenger Society's Marine Biogeochemistry Forum. It attracts early career researchers from institutions across the UK, and provides a fantastic opportunity for networking and forming new collaborations.

The conference aims to present the state-of-the-art in research and technology in the field of marine biogeochemistry in the UK.

Day 1 will cover currently emerging and highly topical aspects of research, with a line-up of exciting keynote speakers.

Day 2 will be dedicated to celebrating Peter Statham’s career, with notable keynote speakers reflecting the highlights and diversity of his research interests.

The organisation of topical workshops on Day 3 will provide the opportunity to focus on subject-specific collaborations to target funding and research outputs.


We are grateful to the conference funders:

Challenger Society logo MASTS logo Planet Ocean Ltd logo New SAGES logo

Abstract submission

Abstract submission

The deadline for abstract submission is 23 June 2017.

If you would like to present your research at AMBIO VIII, please register online and email your abstract as a Word document to

Abstracts should be <200 words (excluding the title and authors), list the names and affiliations of authors, and identify the presenting author. Please indicate if you would prefer an oral or poster presentation slot.



The provisional programme is provided below. Full details to follow in August.

Tuesday 5 Sept 2017

18.00  Informal icebreaker in Oban

Wednesday 6 Sept 2017: Day 1

08.30   Registration and coffee
09.30  Welcome from Prof Nick Owens
09.45  Four oral sessions and keynotes and research highlights

  • Susan Little, Imperial College London
    Progress in ground-truthing metal stable isotopes as tracers in paleoceanography
  • Luke Bridgestock, University of Oxford
    Isotopic insights into the marine biogeochemical barium cycle
  • Susan Fitzer, University of Glasgow
    An understanding of biomineralisation pathways is key to predict climate change impact on aquaculture
  • Rachel Jeffreys, University of Liverpool

18.00  Poster session

Thu 7 Sept 2017: Day 2 A celebration of Peter Statham’s career

08.30  Coffee
09.30  Four oral sessions and keynotes (below), and research highlights

  • Martyn Tranter, University of Bristol
  • more to be confirmed

17.45  Poster session
19.00  AMBIO bus to dinner and ceilidh in Oban!

Fri 8 Sept 2017: Day 3

We are organising up to four topical workshops on Day 3 to target collaboration and funding opportunities.

If you have a specific topic you would like to draw to the attention of AMBIO delegates for further discussion, please send us a brief description by email (





The deadline for registering is 23 June 2017.

The cost of attending the AMBIO VIII conference includes the dinner and ceilidh on the Thursday evening.

Student prices:

  • £60 member of the Challenger Society
  • £100 non-member

Non-student prices:

  • £80 member of the Challenger Society
  • £120 non-member



Oban is a popular destination, particularly in summer. It is advisable to book early to secure your choice of accommodation.

Oban has a wide range of accommodation on offer from youth hostels and bunkhouses, B&Bs, to four star hotels.

If you are not travelling by car, we recommend you stay in Oban itself as bus travel to and from the AMBIO conference will be provided from Oban town centre.

Previous visitors have stayed in the following accommodation providers in Oban


Accommodation outside Oban



SAMS is located three miles from Oban on the A85 near the village of Dunbeg and is adjacent to the 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle.  The nearest airports are Glasgow (ca 2 hours by car) and Prestwick and Edinburgh (both ca 3 hours by car).  A train service (~3 hour journey) operates between Glasgow and Oban (visit Oban railway station). Please contact SCOTRAIL or National Rail for more details. All travel options by public transport from the South require travelling through central Glasgow.

Getting between Oban and SAMS during AMBIO

Bus travel to and from the AMBIO conference will be provided from Oban town centre on the “AMBIO” bus.

Many students and staff choose to cycle to the institute and a new cycle track from Oban's Ganavan beach is a pleasant and safe way to make the three mile journey. Bike hire is available in Oban. If this is something you’d like to consider, let us know and we can help with organising bike hire (

Contact us
Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA
T: 01631 559000
F: 01631 559001