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IMarEST Marine Science Skills & CPD Assessment to be Launched at Oceans of Potential 2012

Tue, 21 August 2012

There are a number of elements quoted as being integral to maintaining sustainability in a rapidly changing world. These include: ensuring that the growth in maritime trade and society’s requirement for energy and other resources from the sea are balanced by effective environmental policies; that new technologies are enhanced to explore and observe oceans and seas; and that protection measures are implemented. However, will the next generation of graduates be equipped to deal with the increasing challenges that will face them whether they are working from leading commercial companies, within the academic or research sector, or as policy makers?

Marine Science covers a huge number of disciplines and is applied across many sectors . Furthermore, Marine Scientists come from a diverse range of backgrounds and move into a wide range of roles. What remains the same, however, is that all Marine Scientist are driven by their curiosity to explore the marine environment with the end desire to advance the field for the benefit of societal needs and to ensure sustainable use of the World’s Oceans.

Between September 2012 and November 2012 the IMarEST, in association with a number of prominent Learned Societies will be conducting a global consultation on Marine Science Skills and Continuing Professional Development with the objective of being able to produce a guidance document for all those wishing to follow a Career Path in Marine Science. This consultation is targeted at both employers and individuals from students undertaking Marine Science undergraduate and postgraduate courses, early career scientists, and at those scientists working in senior positions in academia, research and business.

The IMarEST is delighted to launch the consultation at Oceans of Potential 2012. Copies of the consultation document will be available at the IMarEST stand and online at www.imarest.org from September 11th 2012.

About Oceans of Potential

The IMarEST is delighted to support Oceans of Potential 2012 which is taking place in Plymouth, UK from 11th to 12th September 2012.

As we continue into the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that we need to take a smarter approach to managing our resources and maximising the potential of the natural environment to provide for society’s needs. The oceans are beginning to demonstrate their wealth of potential - from renewable energy and carbon sequestration to human health, bioengineering and new approaches to food production.

There are a growing number of opportunities for the development of symbiotic industries and for marine science to provide a host of tools to assist in the management of marine resources, ensuring that exploitation of the oceans proceeds both efficiently and sustainably. To this end, the “Oceans of Potential” conference will bring together stakeholders from a broad range of disciplines to discuss these opportunities and to place marine science at the heart of an exciting vision of the future.

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