The Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources (SMMR) first Annual Conference will be held as a hybrid event from 9th – 11th May 2022. For those able to attend in person, we invite you to join us at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Bristol. For those wishing to participate remotely, we will welcome you to the conference via our online event platform, Whova.

This transdisciplinary conference brings together members of the UK marine science community, with the aim of promoting and communicating research and policy excellence. The first two days will bring together expert plenary speakers and contributed talks and e-posters outlining the latest research and management practices that address key topics related to the sustainable management of UK marine resources. The third day will be devoted to a selection of workshops, details of which can be found via the link below. If you would like to attend any of the open workshops, please first register for the conference, and then complete the workshop sign-up form (which can be found on the Whova event hub homepage).

You will also be able to enjoy networking with your peers and making new contacts across the UK marine science research and practitioner community. If you are attending in person, we hope you will join us for the conference dinner on the evening of the 9th May.


To register for the conference, click here.

To view the full conference agenda, click here.

For more information on the open workshops, click here.



Please note the call for e-posters has now closed.

The submission of E-posters is encouraged prior to the conference across SMMR’s three main themes:

Understanding the different value systems people hold when they connect with the marine environment and how this affects their decision making, in order to inform and direct policy developmentTalks in this session could describe: 1) How multiple groups of people value the marine environment and how this affects dependencies and trade-offs in their decision-making; 2) How increasing our understanding of value systems will enable us to make recommendations on how this can be used to supplement and support natural capital accounting; and 3) What approaches and scenarios will allow us to take account of value systems that affect the success of marine management interventions.

Development and integration of modelling tools to support coastal and marine natural capital approaches and accountingWe welcome abstracts that will demonstrate how modelling tools can support evidence-based management of the UK marine environment, a system that supports multiple services. Talks should reflect the complexity of natural capital assets and flows of services; their value and importance to different economic and social sectors; the distinctions between flows of public, common and private goods; and potential for development of future financial products. We welcome talks that describe tools which will support effective marine management approaches beyond the evaluation of individual services, such as fisheries and blue carbon, towards accounting for the multiple ecosystem services and benefits. Talks should demonstrate how tools can be used for the production of relevant information to enable prioritisation for policy.

Development of interventions that support government policy to improve the marine environment for the next generationInterventions are required to improve stewardship by those involved in both marine sectors (such as fisheries, aquaculture and renewables, but also recreation and local communities) and relevant terrestrial sectors (such as those engaged in land-use and water management). Talks in this session should describe and evaluate incentive schemes and approaches to improving the marine environment.

Each presentation session will be composed of four presentations, followed by a live Q&A session within which the speakers will be panel members.

Presenters are encouraged to not solely focus on past and current research but reflect on gaps of knowledge and future research directions. The presentations should be accessible to other disciplines, by avoiding jargon and keeping technical details simple.

If you would like to get involved or have a query, please drop us an email at smmruk@st-andrews.ac.uk


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