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The blog of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress


Symposium Focus: Help Shape the Future for Marine Research Collaboration in Small Island States

(by Edd Hind and Steve Alexander) If you work or conduct research in small island developing states (SIDS) you should make the attendance of a SIDS symposium in the Alsh Room, August 17, 3-5pm a priority at #IMCC3: Foreign scientists in small island developing states: the challenges of performing relevant research, drawing valid conclusions, and impacting policy. It’s an important time for SIDS. This year has been recognised by the United Nations as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, and the future of their peoples, economies and environments will be discussed at several high profile conferences. As SIDS are even more dependent on marine ecosystems than other nations ...READ MORE



Tips on Visiting Glasgow: Know Your Scots from Your Scotch

(by Chris Parsons) For delegates of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress visiting Scotland from afar later this month, here are some important tips to help you be in the know and avoid looking like a Glasgow newbie.

  • Glasgow is pronounced “Glass – go”
  • Edinburg is pronounced “Ed-in-bruh” (as in BRUsh).
  • Oban is pronounced “Oh-bun” no “O’ban”
  • Scotland is NOT in England, and if you live in Scotland, you are Scottish or a Scot (not Scotch and definitely NOT English) ...READ MORE



Take the Poster Pledge: Attend the IMCC3 Poster Session

(by Edd Hind) As anybody who has been to the last two International Marine Conservation Congresses will know, the program of talks, symposia, workshops and events is action-packed. It’s why the conferences are so good. However, there is a danger that with so many choices, you miss making one of the most important choices of your whole conference: to make sure you attend the IMCC3 Poster Session, Exhibit Hall, 15 August from 7:30 to 9pm. ...READ MORE



Plenary Focus: Sam Fanshawe Affirms Importance of Citizen Scientists, Volunteers in Marine Conservation

In 2013, Sam Fanshawe became the first British woman to receive the Rachel Carson Prize, an award in memory of the American writer, scientist, marine biologist and environmental ethics advocate. Executive director of Marine Conservation Society, Fanshawe was granted the international environmental award for her “outstanding leadership of the sea charity” and the scope of her conservation work. Fanshawe is actively involved in conservation research, marine conservation policy and public engagement. She has led several high-profile marine conservation campaigns in the UK. ...READ MORE



Meet the IMCC3 Local Secretariat: Scotland Team

Dr. Dominic McCafferty, Head of Local Secretariat: Dominic is the Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine.  He has a passion for the marine environment in Scotland and a special interest in seal conservation. He teaches on a variety of undergraduate and masters courses, as well as participates in a wide range of public outreach activities. ...READ MORE



Tunnock's & Me: A Marine Biologist's Love Affair with Scottish Sweets

Marine biologist Natalie Welden’s love affair with Tunnock’s  products prompted her to ask the family-owned and operated Scottish sweets company to become a sponsor of the 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, taking place in Glasgow 14-18 August. Welden, a member of the IMCC3 Local Organizing Committee, was unsure of what their response might be (a sweets company and a marine conservation conference?). To our delight, Tunnock’s gladly offered to become an IMCC3 sponsor. Welden was so delighted, she wanted to share her Tunnock’s love story. ...READ MORE