• Scottish Marine Institute

    PA37 1QA Oban

    United Kingdom

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Organisation profile

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has been delivering independent marine science since 1884. Based in Oban, 150 staff are working for healthy and sustainably managed seas and oceans through world-class marine research, education and engagement with society.

We undertake research into all aspects of the marine system and exchange our new understanding with society, policy makers, business and the next generation, so that it can become useful and improve practices.

Science areas: SAMS science focuses on three major and urgent challenges which humankind and our natural world must face

  • to discover the physical, chemical, geological and biological processes that drive the marine system so that we have the knowledge needed...
  • to describe and quantify how our coastal environment, where more than half the human population resides, responds to ever-increasing man-made pressures such as climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and resource overexploitation and to work with society on developing and testing mitigation and adaptation measures and finally
  • to develop a sustainable blue economy so that we can use the marine environment for the benefit of people without degrading its health and productivity.

To address these major challenges SAMS science is multi-disciplinary, drawing on the expertise from physicists, mathematicians, biologists, geologists, chemists, social scientists, computer scientists, technologists, engineers and communicators.

Ships and robotics: Coastal vessels RV Calanus and RV Seol Mara; Robotics: North Atlantic Glider Base; Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (2); Remotely Operated Vehicle; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems; Coastal and Acoustic Drifters; UK Lander Centre; Moorings and Ocean Observatories; Polar Technology

National facilities: Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa; Scottish Marine Robotics Facility

Partners: University of the Highlands and Islands; United Nations University; Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland; Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society; Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

SAMS News on twitter; @SAMSoceannews

SAMS current science projects

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  • 1. Preis Biologie

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1988

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 1. Preis Biologie

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1992

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 1st monthly prize

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1991

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)