Challenger News

Early online Ocean Challenge articles

Three articles from the first 2017 volume of Ocean Challenge have been published early online.

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Challenger President Marches for Science

On International Earth Day (22nd April) our President Prof. Rachel Mills joined 100s of 1000's of people around the globe to March for Science.

Rachel Mills marching

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Registration open for Ocean Modelling SIG September 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 Challenger Society Ocean Modelling meeting is now open.The meeting will be held 11-12th September 2017 at the Met Office, Exeter.

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The world’s foremost conference on marine electromagnetics incorporating an exhibition and poster session.

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AMBIO VIII registration and abstract submission open!

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) are pleased to invite you to Oban for the Advances in Marine Biogeochemistry (AMBIO) VIII Conference 6 - 8th Sept 2017. The conference will present state-of-the-art research and technology in UK marine biogeochemistry.

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Vacancy: Regius Professorship of Ocean Sciences

The University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, are on the search to fill one of the most prestigious roles in academia, a Regius Professorship.

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Blue Oceans, Green Cities

Report of the workshop held at the Royal Society under the auspices of their Global Environmental Research Committee

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Ocean Business 2017

.....another one for the diary!

4-6 April 2017, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK

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Graham Shimmield

Sad news to relay to members over Christmas... the passing of Bigelow Laboratory Executive Director, Graham Shimmield.

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Challenger President attends Annual Luncheon for Learned and Professional Societies

Our new President, Rachel Mills attended the Annual Luncheon for Learned and Professional Societies at the House of Lords. Learned Societies from across the UK were represented at this high level networking event.

House of Lords


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Challenger 2016 Gallery

A few photos from the Challenger Biennial Conference in Liverpool, 2016.
These are mostly offical photographs of the event with some also by Dr Andrew Yool. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to this year's winners at the biennial Challenger Conferece, Liverpool

The Norman Heaps prize for best Early Career oral presenation: Shaun Fraser (University of Aberdeen)

The Cath Allen prize for best poster: Anna Belcher (NOCS/University of Southampton)

The prize for presentation with the biggest societal impact (sponsored by MASTS): Ruth Paterson (SAMS)

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Sea Ice SIG meeting at University College London

Sea Ice SIG meeting to be held in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London . Tuesday 20th September (13:00 - 18:00) and Wednesday 21st September (09:00 - 13:00).

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Tripartite Prize - Undergraduate award

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s tripartite prize awarded by the Challenger Society for Marine Science (CSMS) , The institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMAREST) and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) for the best project by a BSc student in marine science, engineering or technology will be awarded to Sam Black based at the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) and the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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The remarkable Ernst Haeckel

Ernst Haeckel was an incredible German biologist in the 1800s and is best remembered for his art, particularly of plankton! A group from the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University have produced an article on his life's work.


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Professor Harry Elderfield 1943 - 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Harry Elderfield, on Tuesday 19th April 2016 after a short illness. Harry was President of the Challenger Society for Marine Science from 1998-2000 and a long-time member and supporter of the Society.

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Challenger Conference Abstract Submission

Call for Abstracts for the 17th Biennial Conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science which takes place in Liverpool on the 5th to 8th September 2016.

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Ocean Ventilation and Deoxygenation in a Warming World

Meeting to be held at The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG
September 12 – September 13 2016

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Ocean Modelling Special Interest Group

Ocean Modelling Group meeting, Liverpool, Friday 9 September 2016

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Challenger Medallist 2016

The Challenger Coucil are very pleased to announce that the Challenger Medal is awarded to Karen Heywood in recognition of her major contribution to physical oceanography in the UK and worldwide, and particularly for her contribution to understanding physical oceanographic processes in the Antarctic, for her work in applying new techniques, particularly gliders, to understanding physical ocean processes and for her wider work in developing UK marine science, particularly in SCOR.

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