• Professor Shimmield in 2008 in the Arctic with view of sea ice and glaciers
    Graham B Shimmield
    1 Dec 1958 - 24 Dec 2016

Graham B Shimmield: celebrating and reflecting on a life in the service of marine science

You are invited!

Graham Shimmield was director of SAMS from 1996 until 2008. A charismatic leader, Graham transformed SAMS: doubling the number of staff; developing the BSc and PhD programmes; negotiating a new relationship with NERC; building a new main laboratory; developing a business incubator for marine biotechnology companies; broadening SAMS research to include Arctic science, biotechnology and social science; and setting up our first commercial subsidiary. Arguably he was also the architect of a new sense of colleagiality and joint purpose among staff, the ethos of SAMS as a family.

His passing on Christmas Eve 2016 from cancer was a blow to the global marine science community. Following an event at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine, where he was Executive Director since he left SAMS, we are now inviting his friends, colleagues, students, and general admirers to celebrate his life and the immense contribution he made to marine science in Scotland and the UK.

We will come together on his birthday, Friday 1st December from 1.30 onwards, to not only share memories of a great man but also to reflect how his visions for marine science in the UK have panned out and what we might still learn from him.

The event is free but please register your attendence on Eventbrite to allow us to cater appropriately.


Programme (draft)

13.30 Buffet lunch in SAMS reception (sponsored by SAMS)

14.15 Welcome and overview

14.20 Graham: the man, the builder, the leader

15.00 Graham & models for funding marine science

15.50 Birthday coffee and cake (staff contributions)

16.20 Graham & the role of marine science in society

16.50 Graham's research leadership

18:30 Graham's R&R: Local beer tasting session - sponsored by the University of Edinburgh

Please contribute memories and photos - we will collate these in a book to share widely. You can bring these along on the day or email beforehand to Anuschka.Miller@sams.ac.uk