Environment Evidence 2019 – Marine Evidence

Environment Evidence 2019 - Marine Evidence

17th-19th September 2019

About The Meeting

The Environment Evidence 2019 – Marine Evidence meeting will take place at Swansea University’s Bay Campus from 17th-19th September 2019.

  • Join us to discuss the Welsh Marine Evidence strategy.
  • Contribute to the development of a marine research agenda for Wales
  • Hear about evidence gaps and policy priorities direct from policy makers
  • Network with evidence users, researchers and businesses across environmental, economic and social sectors.
  • Develop collaborative projects and research ideas


Day 1 – Resilience and change in the marine environment

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Coastal adaptation and shoreline management,
  • Restoration and habitat creation in the marine environment
  • Resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems
  • Monitoring and protecting biodiversity

Evening reception with poster presentations in the National Waterfront Museum – ESF/ERDF projects in Wales and the future of cross border collaboration.


Day 2 – Sustainable use of the marine environment

  • Impacts and carrying capacity for anthropogenic activities
  • Understanding the pressures from, distribution and intensity of activities
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Sustainable fishing and fisheries management
  • Aquaculture

Conference Dinner


Day 3 – Value of Wales’ seas

  • Understanding the drivers of marine and coastal economic activity
  • Valuing ecosystem services
  • Supporting coastal communities
  • Current and future potential coastal community benefits from marine activities
  • Heritage and regeneration


Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Nicola Beaumont – Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Prof Mike Christie– Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystem Services
  • Dr Val Cummins – University College Cork
  • Prof Mike Elliot– University of Hull
  • Chris Jenkins – Welsh Government – Marine Evidence Strategy
  • Dr Emma McKinley – Cardiff University – Marine Social Sciences Network
  • Prof David Thomas – National Research Network – Low Carbon Energy and Environment



Marine Spatial Planning

The Severn Estuary is a single waterbody subject to two marine planning systems across the English and Welsh borders supporting a diverse range of ecosystem services, natural resources and human activities that do not always easily adhere to human administrative boundaries.

This session will take an interactive format through the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge  and will explore the practical complexities of planning for a cross-border estuary.

Offshore Renewable Energy

Wales’ natural resources give huge potential for wind, wave and tidal energy generation within our waters. However, Wales’ natural environment is also highly valued and protected, and we need to ensure it is sustainably managed for future generations to enjoy.

This workshop will explore evidence requirements for increased deployment of offshore renewable energy schemes. It will also include discussions on the leadership and funding of strategic evidence programmes for marine renewable energy in Wales.

Marine Social Sciences

Recent changes to Welsh legislation have increased the need to understand the human dimensions of our seas and coastline, and to ensure that these factors are taken into consideration in decision making, management and governance.

This workshop will identify challenges, highlight potential pathways to impact for sustainable marine management in Wales, and identify next steps and priorities for the future, through the following questions:

  1. What are the challenges of integrating marine social sciences into the wider marine evidence base?
  2. How can marine social sciences be used to support SMNR, the Welsh National Marine Plan and the ambitions of related governance?

What should the priorities be for a forward thinking marine social science research agenda in Wales?

Programme Overview

Day 1

10:00 – Registration

11:00 – Welcome and introduction to the Marine Evidence Strategy

11:45 – Keynotes

13:00 – Lunch & networking

14:00 – Parallel sessions

16:00 – Break

16:15 – Panel discussion – Resilience and Change in the Marine Environment

17:30 – Close

18:00 – Reception in The National Waterfront Museum

Day 2

09:00 – Panel discussion – Perspectives on evidence capture and sharing

10:30 – Lessons from the National Research Network LCEE

11:00 – Break

11:30 – Keynotes

13:00 – Lunch & networking

14:00 – Parallel sessions

16:00 – Break

16:15 – Panel discussion – Sustainable Use of the Marine Environment

17:30 – Close

19:00 – Conference dinner

Day 3

09:00 – Keynotes

10:30 – Break

11:00 – Parallel sessions

13:00 – Lunch & networking

13:45 – Panel Discussion – Value of Wales’ Seas

15:00 – Final remarks

15:30 – Close – refreshments available.


To register for the Environment Evidence – Marine Evidence meeting, please click here.

The registration deadline is 10th September 2019.


Delegate 3 days: £140

Delegate 1 day: £60

Student 3 days: £50

Student 1 day:  £30

Conference dinner: £32

Prices exclude VAT

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has now closed.


We will require volunteers to run the registration desk, help out with setting up rooms and looking after delegates. Student fees will be waived for volunteers. Volunteers will work for a maximum of 6 hours over the 3 days, or 2 hours per day.

If you wish to volunteer at the conference, please email sue.cody@epwales.org.uk. Once we have confirmed your availability you will receive a discount code to allow you to register free of charge.

Contact Us

Please explore our delegate information pages to find out more about how to get to here and more about Swansea University.

For all registration and event queries please email us at: sue.cody@epwales.org.uk

We look forward to welcoming you to Swansea!