Challenger Society Conference 2020

Challenger 2020 has been postponed.

The Challenger Society’s biannual marine science conference has been postponed by 12 months due to the restrictions and uncertainties over the developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The meeting will now be held in Oban from 6 – 10 September 2021.  The organisers will contact all sponsors and those who have already registered directly to discuss arrangement options. 

The conference website will post updates on abstract submission and registration deadlines as they become available.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

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The SAMS campus is near the village of Dunbeg, 3.5 miles north-east of Oban on the west coast of Scotland. It is built on a peninsula with 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle and the European Marine Science Park as its neighbours - where the past meets the future!

The perfect place for research and study

Within this rural coastal setting lies the SAMS campus, home to nearly 300 staff, students, fellows and business tenants. The location is conducive to researching, studying and experiencing all aspects of the marine environment. The stunning natural environment surrounding SAMS furthermore facilitates thinking and reflection.

Diverse and accessible oceanographic domains and marine habitats

Our location is perfect for marine science with diverse oceanographic environments on the doorstep, relatively clean waters supporting high marine biodiversity all around us and sheltered deep-water sites within nearby sea lochs where we can test and deploy marine technologies. 

Remote, perhaps, but well connected

Oban is 2-3 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is serviced by regular train and bus services, as well as a small airport in North Connel and a major ferry port connecting us to many of the Hebridean islands.

The range of sponsorship opportunities are listed below.

Headline sponsor of conference (one only):

  • >3m x 2m exhibition stand in prime location with 2 delegate passes

  • >Prominent name and logo on the conference website and abstract book acknowledging MAIN SPONSOR

  • >leaflet in delegates bag,

  • >Full page advert on inside front cover of abstract book
  • >Free “Gold upgrade”


Individual sponsorship opportunities:

Sponsors of individual elements of the event will be acknowledged in the lecture theatres, abstract book, on the conference website and on posters. Those sponsors with manned exhibition stands are able to upgrade to the Goldpackage, where they will have the opportunity to have a 5 minute speaking slot at the start of the plenary sessions.

  • >Manned exhibition stand 3m x 2mwith 2 delegate passes - £600

  • >“Gold Upgrade” (only five slots available) - £100

  • >Co-sponsorship of conference dinner - £750

  • >Co-sponsorship of ice breaker reception - £700
  • >Co-sponsorship of poster session - £500

  • >Co-Sponsorship of public lecture - £500

  • >Sponsorship of keynote speaker - £550

  • >Exhibition banner unmanned - £200

  • >Brochure in delegates bag - £200
  • >¼ Page advert in conference handbook - £150

  • >½ Page advert in conference handbook - £300
  • >One A4 leaflet in delegates bag - £100

Corporate society members benefit from a 15% discount

The conference organiser is Professor Nick Owens, and commercial exhibition organiser Terry Sloane will be happy to discuss any requirements that you may have.

Terry Sloane by email:

or phone 01276 427 971

As has become tradition, there will also be a mini-expo which runs over 3 days (8th, 9th & 10th of September) and which attracts major marine science equipment suppliers.

SAMS have secured an impressive venue, the Corran Halls in Nearby Oban that can accommodate the large number of delegates expected. Corran Halls is close to all of the accommodation in Oban, and only a five minute drive from SAMS HQ in Dunstaffnage. The exhibition space for sponsors is large and located in the main conference hall, co-located with the refreshments and close to posters and lecture rooms with good access for exhibitors.

The society is now the adhering body for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) providing yet more exposure for participating companies.

Sponsorship packages will give local, national and international companies the chance to support UK marine scientific research and the training of young marine scientists, whilst a targeted exhibition and careers fair will also enable companies to self promote and recruit new staff. Spaces will be limited so please book early.

Take this early opportunity to help make the UK’s premier marine science conference in 2020 the most successful ever.