Socio-Oceanography Workshops are an annual national workshop series that facilitates collaboration between marine social and natural scientists and co-organised by the NOC and the Marine Social Science Network.
The workshops aim to generate interdisciplinary outputs such as opinion papers, funding proposals, and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication. By bringing together experts from different disciplines, Socio-Oceanography Workshops promote interdisciplinary research and the integration of social and natural science perspectives in the study of the marine environment.
The workshops provide a platform for scientists to exchange ideas, share knowledge, and develop collaborative projects that address the complex challenges facing our oceans.
Dates: 12-14 March 2024
Venue: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
The 2024 Workshop will focus on four highlight topics bringing together a mix of natural and social scientists, each working towards producing an output such as opinion papers, funding proposals and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication.
- Risks and opportunities of Marine heatwaves for the UK
(Env lead: Dr. Zoe Jacobs, NOC; Social Science lead: Dr. Katie Smith, MBA)
Session 1 description
- Navigating the Waters of Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal: From Promise to Practice
(Env Lead: Dr. Chelsey Baker, NOC; Social Science lead: Dr. Leslie Mabon – The Open University)
Session 2 description
- Can community engagement solve the ocean plastics problem?
(Env lead: Dr. Alice Horton, NOC; Social Science lead: Prof. Lesley Henderson, University of Strathclyde)
Session 3 description
- Navigating coastal change: Inclusive decision-making through technology enabled Open Science
(Leads: Dr. Christine Sams, NOC; and Prof. Ashley Hall, Royal College of Arts)
Session 4 description
Attending the Event:
Attendance of this workshop is by invitation only (call for applications will be open in early January 2024; you are welcome to send early expressions of interest to email@example.com or get in touch directly with the session leads). The event is free for all participants including all the catering during the workshop. Please note that we do not have funding to support travel expenses.
The workshop will be held as an in-person only meeting. Due to the interactive nature of this event, it will not be possible to engage online. Each highlight topic is being led by one social and one natural scientist, with a group of 10 similarly mixed UK-wide participants.
- Registration website live: early January
- Application deadline: 31st January
- Notification of successful participants: 5th February
- Workshop: 12-14th March
Dates: 7–9 March 2023
Venue: Chesil House, Winchester
The workshop was organised and hosted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in collaboration with Marine Social Sciences Network. Co-convenors: Dr Katya Popova (NOC) and Dr Emma Mc.Kinley (Cardiff University and Marine Social Sciences Network)
The workshop focused on four highlight topics bringing together a mix of natural and social scientists, each working towards producing an output such as opinion papers, funding proposals and innovative multidisciplinary forms of communication.
- Public Perception of the Marine Plastic Problem: Does our Current Understanding of its Potential Consequences for the Environment and Human Health Justify Another Burden of Anxiety we put on the Young Generation? (Professor Richard Lampitt National Oceanography Centre and Professor Steve Fletcher University of Portsmouth)
- Investing in Marine Natural Capital: Building A Case for Resilient Ocean Nature-Based Markets (C. Evans and S. Taylor, NOC)
- Societal Importance of the Subpolar Gyre and Potential UK Economic Impacts of Reaching an Ocean Tipping Point (C. Sams, K. Popova, NOC)
- Developing Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal in a Globally Fair and Equitable Manner: The Need for Collaboration with Small Island Developing States, Large Ocean States and Other Developing Nations (Dr C. Pearce NOC, Dr Z. Clulow University of Cambridge)
Dates: 19–20 July 2022
Venue: Balmer Lawn Hotel, Lyndhurst Rd, Brockenhurst
Workshop description: A group of twenty NOC scientists with an expertise of engaging with social sciences gathered together in July 2022 for a two-day workshop to set out a vision for interdisciplinary research at NOC addressing societal challenges through more effective integration and collaboration with social sciences. The group has developed a concept of “Socio-Oceanography” presenting its vision as a manuscript “Socio-Oceanography: an opportunity to integrate marine social and natural sciences” (Popova et al., Frontiers, under review).
Socio-oceanography: an opportunity to integrate marine social and natural sciences (Popova et al., 2022) [this will be a link]
Socio-Oceanography infographics (file)
Socio-Oceanography Visual Storyline (file)