• The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development:
    Newth Lecture 2021
    Free Online Event
    18th June, 3pm.

Newth Lecture 2021

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Scotland’s role in this global initiative.

18 June 2021: 3-5 pm BST

Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic may have overshadowed the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), but the Ocean Decade is here to stay for some time and to bring about a step change in our knowledge of the marine environment. This step change can only be achieved by working internationally and without it we simply will not have the knowledge and skills to manage a growing blue economy is a sustainable manner that maintains the productivity and biodiversity of the marine realm.

But what does the Decade mean for Scotland? What contributions can we make? How can we maximise our involvement? 

A group of experts are discussing Scotland's role in this global initiative with Susan Watts, former BBC Newsnight science editor.

Prof Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Physical Oceanographer

Dr Hannah Grist, SAMS Citizen Science expert

Prof David Paterson, MASTS Executive Director

Michael Russell, President of the Scottish National Party

Susan Davies, Scottish Seabird Centre CEO

Prof Nicholas JP Owens, SAMS Director

The virtual event is free to attend but you will need to register with Eventbrite to participate. Please click here to register. 




Chair: Susan Watts - SAMS Trustee and former Science Editor for BBC Newsnight


Prof. Nicholas J.P. Owens - Director, SAMS.

What is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development?

Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck - Head of Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.

The role of citizen science

Dr Hannah Grist - Knowledge Exchange Practitioner, SAMS

The potential contribution of the community of marine scientists in Scotland to the ‘Decade’

Prof David Paterson - Professor of Coastal Ecology University of St Andrews. Executive Director of Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS).

The role of Scotland internationally to the UN Ocean Decade.

Mr Michael Russell - President of the Scottish National Party. Former Minister for the Environment, Education and latterly Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Affairs and Europe.

Prompting behaviour change through science communication

Susan Davies - CEO Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick

Panel discussion:


Susan Watts 


Susan Davies

Hannah Grist

Nicholas Owens

David Paterson

Michael Russell

Martin Visbeck