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Readying the next generation of Marine Scientists

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David Loosley

David Loosley


In 2012, a global consultation on Marine Science Skills and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) was carried out by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) in association with other prominent learned societies, associations, industry, academia and governmental players.

The aim of the consultation was to inform the production of a guidance document for all those wishing to follow, or who are already following, a career path in the marine science profession. The overall goal of the pathway is to ensure marine scientists are best placed to face the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in different stages of their career.

David Loosley, IMarEST Chief Executive stated: “This is an exciting development for the IMarEST to demonstrate our leading position and support for the global marine science profession. It was encouraging to see responses from the UK, Europe and the Americas which included key industry, academia, other learned societies. As a learned society, we support the careers of all marine professionals, and this is a significant step forward in supporting those who are working in marine science.

On 9 April 2013, alongside Ocean Business 2013 (National Oceanographic Centre – NOC, Southampton), the IMarEST will host a networking reception to discuss the results of the consultation, to present the career pathway vision and to receive feedback from industry leaders, academic providers and public sector representatives who have an interest in ensuring the sustainability and development of the marine science workforce. The reception will take place at 3.30pm in the NOC Seminar Room, all are welcome to attend. A series of short presentations will take place with ample opportunities for networking.

  • 1530 – Afternoon reception with wine and canapés
  • 1600 – Welcome by David Loosley, Chief Executive, IMarEST
  • 1615 – Presentation on Marine Science as a profession
  • 1625 – Viewpoint: A series of 5-minute presentations from Marine Scientists

Attendance is free of charge – those wishing to ensure their places should email events@imarest.org. Members of IMarEST should quote their full name, and their membership number.

About IMarEST The IMarEST is the leading international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one multi-disciplinary professional body. With 15, 000 international members based in over 100 countries, it is the largest marine organisation of its kind.       Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.

IMarEST also run a series of industry leading events and conferences as well as publishing internationally recognised titles: Marine Engineers Review (MER); Shipping World & Shipbuilder; Maritime IT and Electronics; Marine Scientist; and Offshore Technology.

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