• SAMS board members in front of the entrance to the John Murray building

Member Area

Welcome to the SAMS member area

Being a member of SAMS makes you part of our wider Scottish marine science 'clan'. It's a way to keep in touch with what's going on at SAMS. You can attend or deliver seminars and regular events. You can apply to our bursary scheme that is exclusive to members. You can also proudly wear our SAMS Ocean Explorer tartan and help us spread the word about the science behind a healthy ocean. 

If you are not yet a member of SAMS but would like to join us, please follow this LINK.


Your SAMS membership benefits

  • Supporting SAMS' public outreach, school education and professional fellowship and bursary programmes
  • Exclusive access to bursaries of upto £1,000 for research in marine science
  • Access to SAMS' Charles Wyville Thomson library (Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00)
  • Access to hiring our conference facilities (corporate members only)
  • Invitation to participate in SAMS seminars as visitor and/or speaker
  • SAMS digital annual report 
  • Digital Ocean Explorer Magazine 
  • Invitation to annual event/s:AGM, Newth Lecture, Wild SciArt Seminar
  • Right to vote for Council members and key amendments to Articles and Memorandum of Association (under review)

Annual General Meeting

Notice of the 108th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the 108th AGM of the Association will be held in the WSB Conference Room, SAMS, Dunbeg, Oban PA37 1QA and on-line on FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2022 at 15.15 hrs to transact the following business: 

1 - To confirm the minutes of the 107th Annual General Meeting, held on 3rd December 2021: AGM 2021 minutes

2 - To receive the report of the SAMS Board and the audited accounts for the year ended 31st March 20222021 SAMS Statutory Accounts and 2021-22 annual report

3 - To approve new Trustees (Joanne Hannah, Eric Hollanders, Jason Peers) and note retiring Trustees (Ian Dunn) of the SAMS Board: 2022 New SAMS Trustees biography

4 - To note the continuing appointment of external auditors Saffery Champness

5 - To receive a presentation and report from the Director on developments in the year

6 - To receive a presentation on SAMS new Fundraising Activities

7 - To approve the amendments to the Articles of Association

      7a - New Articles of Association: 2022 New Articles of Association

      7b - AGM Summary of Changes to Articles of Association: 2022 summary of Articles changes

      7c - Remodelling membership at SAMS: 2022 Proposed remodelling of SAMS membership

8. To transact any other competent business of Association 



Secretary (Ann MacKenzie)


Registered Office: SAMS, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA

18th November 2022


Online attendance

Members intending to join virtually should send an email to pauline.clifford@sams.ac.uk to receive a Microsoft TEAMS meting link and joining instructions.  


The AGM will be followed by the Annual Newth Lecture.

2022 Annual Newth Lecture: 2 December at 4pm

In the 150th year since the Challenger Expedition set sail to establish the scientific investigation of the marine environment as a new discipline, our director, Professor Nicholas Owens, will present the annual lecture on Sir John Murray, The Challenger Expedition. The lecture will follow after the AGM has been concluded. It will be presented at SAMS in the William Speirs Bruce Lecture Room and online. Please contact pauline.clifford@sams.ac.uk to receive a code to join the lecture.


Annual Newth Lecture

Since 1990, SAMS has held an annual lecture to commemorate former SAMS President and Glasgow University Professor of Zoology, David Richmond Newth FIBiol FRSE. This is held by an esteemed academic following from the AGM. In 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, no lecture was held but one will be organised for the spring of 2021.

Who was Professor David Newth?

An annual lecture is given in memory of former SAMS President Professor David Newth, whose picture is shown. David Newth had a distinguished scientific career at the interface between biology and medicine.

Initially David was at University College, London, and the Middlesex Hospital School. From 1965 to 1981 he was Regius Professor of Zoology at the University of Glasgow. He was a most urbane individual, excellent company and a wonderful raconteur.

When he became SAMS President in 1973 he faced a considerable challenge. The decade of the 1970s was difficult for the Association. A significant part of SAMS finance from the Science Vote of the Department of Education and Science was transferred to other government departments, and projects had to be identified that would win contracts from them. Large collaborative research programmes were coming into vogue, while fish farming on the west coast was growing rapidly and the offshore oil industry was developing. At the same time, the climate of opinion was swinging against science.

In his six years of office, David Newth steered the Association with a strong and sure hand. Thereafter he served as a Vice-President until his death on 5 June 1988 at the age of 66.

The late Professor Alasdair D. McIntyre (SAMS President 1988-1993, SAMS Vice President 1993-2009) described David thus:

"David Newth was a distinguished scientist, a fair-minded and effective administrator, a man who was both strong and gentle in his approach to the challenges of his professional life. He did not flinch from difficult decisions yet took them with an understanding that inflicted least hurt. He was both an idealist and pragmatist and both of these aspects of his personality I saw displayed when he was a member of the Nature Conservancy Council. If David's spirit could be reincarnated in animal form then, given his love of cats, I imagine it as a tiger, applying the right amount of strength and energy appropriate to the occasion – but having enough in reserve to cope with the unexpected. And it was good to watch him in action. He served our Association with great distinction and with a sense of tradition in which he took a pride."

List of past Newth lectures

The next Wild SciArt Seminar will take place in the spring of 2023.

Please contact Anuschka.Miller@sams.ac.uk if you would like to contribute to the event.


What are the Wild SciArt Seminars?

The Wild SciArt Seminar was created in 2022 to encourage collaboration between creative minds from marine science and the creative industries. It is named in honour of oceanographer and illustrator John James Wild, who was the official artist and secretary of the 1872-76 Challenger Expedition. 


10 March 2022: Art, Science and Algae (4-6 pm)

Graphic showing different algaeThe inaugural event ‘Art, Science and Algae’ welcomed a group of creatives that utilise algal research in their practice to speak about their work. This was followed by a panel session exploring issues that arise when artists and scientists want to collaborate. 

Professor Juliet Brodie from the Natural History Museum chaired the meeting that highlighted the work of Anna Dumitriu, Jessica Giannotti of CrùbagSamuel Iliffe from the Design Museum, Alice Sharp from Invisible Dust and writer Miek Zwamborn from Knockvologon.

Due to the Covid pandemic, the event took place online and attracted over 300 registrations.

It was coordinated by SAMS and the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa

Read the programme

Watch the inaugural seminar 

The SAMS research bursary supports research in any marine science subject - especially if of relevance to Scotland - to a maximum of £1000 per application.

In the past this bursary has allowed visiting scientists to spend some time working at SAMS, or has been used to support travel, research assistance, completion of a project, or capital equipment purchase (for which SAMS reserves the right to retain ownership). We encourage applicants to discuss project ideas with a SAMS researcher, and welcome collaborative applications.

Any application will be judged on criteria including the originality of the project, the clarity and focus of the objectives, the research plan and content, its socio-economic relevance, the probability of being completed, and other funding sources and applications.

Successful applicants should be - or are required to become - members of SAMS.

Applications are considered twice a year: on 31 March and 30 September.

Applicants should provide:

  • > brief description of the project (no more than two pages of A4)
  • >itimised costings to justify the requested funds
  • >an indication of other funding granted or applied for
  • >a brief cv including bibliography

Applications should be sent by email or letter to Professor Keith Davidson.

SAMS bursary privacy notice May19


Recent research bursary reports

2019 SAMS bursary report Susan Evans - oceanic DMSO in oxygen minimum zones

2017 SAMS bursary report Danja Hoehn - scyphozoan blooms and temperature rise

Membership year: 1 April to 31 March 

Annual subscriptions

  • Ordinary member (£12): for anyone with an enduring interest in marine science
  • Ordinary member (£5): Unwaged including retired
  • Student member (£5): open to persons under 18 years old or registered students 
  • Corporate (£60): for organisations who want to support marine science. Please identify a corporate representative.

How to renew

If you pay by standing order, we automatically renew your membership unless you tell us otherwise. For members paying each year, we will send a reminder email and you can then choose to pay electronically in our online shop (selecting the appropriate membership category) or by cheque made out to 'SAMS' sent to Pauline Clifford at SAMS.

If you want to be invoiced for your membership instead and pay by BACS, then please contact Pauline.

How to cancel your membership

Please notify us in writing (letter or email) of your intention to withdraw from SAMS membership. We would greatly appreciate some feedback why you do not want to remain a member as we do try within our means to provide you with a valuable membership experience.

SAMS Board

SAMS is governed by an independent non-executive Board that meets five times a year. Ultimate legal responsibility for SAMS' operations rests with the Board. The Board appoints the Director and delegates the running of SAMS to the Director and the executive team. The members of SAMS elect Board members and office bearers at the Annual General Meeting, that is usually held in early December (under review).

The Board is supported by a range of sub-committees:

Research, Enterprise & Innovation Commission (chair: Prof Colin Brownlees)

Education Committee (chair: Dr Deborah McNeill)

Communications & Engagement Committee (chair: Susan Watts)

Development Committee (chair: Lisa Chilton)

Finance Committe (chair: Eric Hollanders)

Audit Committee (chair: Joanne Hannah) - which monitors the integrity of financial reporting, internal controls and risk management systems, whistleblowing and internal audit and liaises with the external auditors


Current SAMS Trustees


Chair & Trustee

Diana Murray CBE (2019-2022;, 2021-2024)


Trustees / Board members 

Professor John Baxter (2018-2021, 2021-2024)

Professor Colin Brownlee (2018-2021, 2021-2024)

Lisa Chilton (2018-2021, 2021-2024)

Ian Dunn (2016-2019, 2019-2022)

Dr Deborah McNeill (2018-2021, 2021-2024)

Colin Moffat (2021-2024)

Dr Magnus Nicolson (2019-2022)

Professor Richard Waites (2021-2024)

Susan Watts (2018-2021, 2021-2024)


Susan Waldron (UKRI-NERC), Morag Goodfellow (HIE), Professor Neil Simco (UHI), Danny Morrisson (HISA), Dr Clive Fox & Richard Dale (staff representatives)


Vice Presidents (previous Presidents / Chairs)

Professor Sir John Arbuthnott

Professor Geoffrey Boulton

Professor Andrew Hamnett


SAMS executive team 

Director of SAMS & Managing Director of SAMS Enterprise

Professor Nicholas JP Owens

Deputy Director

Professor Axel EJ Miller 

Associate Director, Science and Research

Professor Ben Wilson

Associate Director, Science and Education

Professor Keith Davidson

Associate Director, Science, Enterprise and Innovation

Professor Michele Stanley

Head of Human Resources

Sue Johnson

Head of Enterprise

Mike Spain

Head of Financial Services

Aileen Overend


Company Secretary

Ann Mackenzie


Our members are looked after by Pauline Clifford. Please contact Pauline for any issues relating to your membership.

Email: Pauline.Clifford@sams.ac.uk 

T: +44 (0) 1631 559 277

Postal address: SAMS, Dunbeg, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, Scotland, UK


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