As part of our approach at the IES to support our members working in particular specialisms we establish communities, sub-groups within our membership, to provide tailored CPD, support and guidance to better facilitate engagement with and between our members.
Marine science is an area that has grown within our membership in recent months, to echo this and the increasing engagement with this sector through support of the 2018 World Environment Day #BeatPlasticPollution campaign, widespread popularity for BBC documentary, Blue Planet II, and emerging new policy on sustainable fisheries, we are establishing a community to further advance this specialism and support marine scientists working in the marine and coastal sector.
The community will lead the IES’s work in this area, generating ideas for events, publications, guidance, training, policy work and other services and strategies. The IES Events and Training Officer, Rhianna Jarvis, will be working closely with members to facilitate community activities and to encourage interaction both virtually, and face-to-face.
We have already received exciting ideas for activities in this area and we are establishing structures to enable members to be the driving force behind this. Based on these conversations we published a special edition of the environmental SCIENTIST journal in November 2018, Deeper than plastic: Issues for the marine environment, which looked beneath the surface, uncovering issues faced by the marine environment such as the changing habitats of cetacean species, volcanic activity on the ocean floor, and long-term climate trends in the Earth's oceans. To launch this journal edition we hosted our first discussion meeting for this sector in November 2018 at the University of Plymouth to continue the debate and address key themes raised by the journal in greater depth.
How to get involved
To hear your ideas for this community, discuss current issues and areas of development within the sector and more specifically, how the IES may fit into the wider landscape of this specialism; we will be hosting a meeting at the IES offices on Thursday 18th July, from 11:00 -13.00, followed by a networking sandwich lunch. This will be a chance to feed in your ideas, get involved in working groups to deliver exciting new projects, and meet some of your fellow professionals working in the field.
If you are interested in attending this meeting, secure your place.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, please contribute your ideas via email directly to Rhianna Jarvis to be raised on the day.
As a result of points raised at the meeting, we will then circulate minutes, a document setting out the initial aims, and terms of reference for this community.