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Trevor Platt Science Foundation

Inaugural Science Symposium

TPSF and partners are organising a scientific symposium preceded by a training course to carry forward Trevor’s legacy in ocean research and international collaboration.

Registered Participants

Trevor Platt Science Foundation and partners are pleased to announce their inaugural science symposium

A celebration of the scientific life of Trevor Platt

Trends, Reflections, Evolution, and Visions in Ocean Research

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The Trevor Platt Science Foundation (TPSF) was launched in Aug 2021 to promote capacity building, research, and education in ocean sciences, with a strong emphasis on international networking, to nurture the next generation of young scientists and give them the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers. The Foundation is also serving as a forum that brings together Trevor’s colleagues and students in the spirit of collaboration.

TPSF and partners are organising a scientific symposium preceded by a training course to carry forward Trevor’s legacy in ocean research and international collaboration.

The symposium will include,

  • Keynote and invited lectures
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Networking sessions

Keynote and invited lectures

Keynote Speaker

  • Nicholas Owens – Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), UK

Invited speakers

  • Angus Atkinson – Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK
  • Heather Bouman – University of Oxford, UK
  • Ana Dogliotti – National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina
  • Richard Geider – University of East Anglia, UK
  • Žarko Kovač – University of Split, Croatia
  • Nandini Menon – Nansen Environmental Research Centre (NERCI), India

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Oral and poster presentation

Abstract submission

We invite abstracts for talks or posters on the following themes to which Trevor made significant contributions:

  • Primary production, physiology and ecology of marine phytoplankton
  • Thermodynamics of aquatic ecosystems
  • Physical and biological interactions
  • Marine optics
  • Size structure of marine communities
  • Remote sensing of ocean colour
  • Ocean carbon cycle and climate change
  • Water quality and human health
  • Time series of ocean observations and their analyses
  • Ecological approaches to fisheries management
  • International collaboration and capacity building

Abstract submission CLOSED.

We thank all who have submitted abstracts or registered or applied for the in-person training course. The responses have far exceeded our expectations.

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Networking Sessions

Three networking sessions are being conducted as part of the TPSF symposium to expand the professional network of the participants and build new scientific collaborations.

1. What worked well in capacity building and how to sustain it?

The session will be led by Dr. Vivian Lutz (Argentina), Dr. Margareth Kyewalyanga (Tanzania), and Dr. Sophie Carler (Sweden). The session will highlight the success stories of past and current capacity building initiatives, and discuss the difficulties encountered by participants from developing countries in capacity building initiatives, when they return home, and try to implement follow-on activities.

2. UN-SDGs related to water

The session will be led by Dr. Stefano Ferretti (Italy), Dr. Milton Kampel (Brazil) and Dr. Gemma Kulk (UK).  This session has been organised to bring together experts and institutions from diverse backgrounds, to explore the challenges and solutions related to sustainable management of water resources in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and the concept of One Health.

3. Wrap up: Lessons learned and way forward

The session will be led by Dr. Lilian Krug (Portugal) and Dr. Raisha Lovindeer (Canada). The concluding session will give an opportunity to the funding agencies to discuss take-home messages from the TPSF training and symposium, and for the participants to provide feedback and suggestions for follow-up activities. 

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Training Course - location icon

August 7 – 8, 2023

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

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August 9 – 11, 2023 | Till 12:00h

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

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TPSF Annual Meeting

August 11, 2023 | 14:00h onwards

The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

*Registration is closed.

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Important Dates

12 February, 2023

Extended deadline for Symposium abstract submission and training course applications

15 February, 2023

Notifications of oral/poster presentations begin

15 March, 2023

Announcement of selected candidates for in-person training & travel scholarships

  • Due to high number of submissions, we are facing a small delay in the announcement of results.

April - July, 2023

Online training course

30 April, 2023

Deadline for Symposium early bird registration

30 June, 2023

Deadline for Symposium registration

7 -8 August, 2023

In-person training course

9 - 11 August, 2023

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11 August, 2023

Annual General Meeting of Trevor Platt Science Foundation (14:00h onwards)

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Fees and Registration

  • A registration fee will be charged to confirm attendance and help defray expenses.
  • Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee.
  • There will be no on-site registration.
  • Students are required to submit a letter of support from their supervisor to by 30 April 2023. The letter must be written in English, signed, and on institutional letterhead.
  • Acceptance to the training course will automatically include registration for the Symposium.
  • Note that registration fees are heavily discounted if you register early. Discounted rates are also offered for full-time undergraduate and graduate students (copy of student ID required).

Symposium Only

Students / Developing country* participants

*For a list of currently eligible countries, see the OECD website

£ 150

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Early Bird Registration

£ 200

Training Course & Symposium


£ 200

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Late Registration

£ 300

Spaces available at the symposium are limited.

Registration will be considered complete only when the appropriate payment has been made and admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

*Registration is closed.

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Organisation Committee

  • Sanjiba Kumar Baliarsingh – Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), India
  • Heather Bouman – University of Oxford, UK
  • Robert Brewin – University of Exeter (UoE), UK
  • Samy Djavidnia – European Maritime Safety Agency, Portugal
  • Hayley Evers-King – EUMETSAT, Germany
  • Grinson George – Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (ICAR-CMFRI), Kochi, India
  • Thomas Jackson – Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK
  • Milton Kampel – National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil
  • Lilian Krug – Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), Portugal
  • Gemma Kulk – Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK
  • Margareth Kyewalyanga – University of Dar Es Salaam, Institute of Marine Sciences, Tanzania
  • Raisha Lovindeer – International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), Canada
  • Vivian Lutz – Instituto Nacional De Investigación Y Desarrollo Pesquero (INIDEP), Argentina
  • Frédéric Mélin – Europan Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy
  • Nandini Menon – Nansen Environmental Research Centre (NERC), India
  • Renato Quiñones – University of Concepcion (UdeC), Chile
  • Shovonlal Roy  – University of Reading, UK
  • Shubha Sathyendranath – Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK
  • Sophie Seeyave – Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), UK
  • Arvind Singh – Physical Research Laboratory, India
  • Seunghyun Son – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA
  • Venetia Stuart – International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG), Canada
  • Xuerong Sun – University of Exeter (UoE), UK
  • Osvaldo Ulloa – University of Concepcion (UdeC), Chile