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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Marine Biodiversity Conference for Aberdeen

A partnership between Aberdeen Convention Bureau and one of its team of ambassadors helped to secure for Aberdeen a major international conference on marine biodiversity, which will attract around 1,000 delegates to the city next month.


The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, which takes place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre between September 26 and 30, will provide an estimated £2million injection into the local economy.


The conference was organised by the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews.

Dr Martin Solan, from the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab, is one of the conference organisers and an ambassador for Aberdeen Convention Bureau, which worked with him and the university to help secure the conference for the city.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity to Aberdeen. With over 30 themed sessions and plenary talks from a number of leading marine experts, the conference will prove invaluable in the quest to better utilise and protect our oceans.”


Marine renewables, fisheries management, climate change and the conservation of sea mammals are all key aspects of the conference programme and French ocean explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau is among the keynote speakers.

The son of famous underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jean-Michel – who has spent much of his life exploring the world's oceans and has produced over 75 films – will be giving a public talk on the first day of the conference.


Professor David M Paterson, from the University of St Andrews, has also organised the event. He added: “I think everyone would wish to leave the legacy of clean, safe and healthy seas for future generations. This conference is an opportunity to contribute towards that ambition.”


Through its ambassador programme, Aberdeen Convention Bureau works closely with the academic and corporate communities throughout the North-east of Scotland.

Ambassadors such as Dr Solan work to promote Aberdeen City and Shire as an attractive conference destination by attracting key meetings and seminars to the area, focusing attention on the region and encouraging local economic growth.

In return, the scheme allows ambassadors to showcase their research and raise their own profile within their area of specialism, giving their subject matter a wider audience through Aberdeen Convention Bureau’s support and promotion.


Andrew Pratt, Ambassador Programme Executive at Aberdeen Convention Bureau, said: “The World Conference on Marine Biodiversity is a great example of our Ambassador Programme in practice. We worked with Dr Martin Solan and the university to put together the successful bid to bring this event to Aberdeen and are looking forward to welcoming delegates to our city in September.”


Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future and Energetica, an energy project designed to reinforce Aberdeen City and Shire as a global energy hub, are among those sponsoring the marine biodiversity conference.

Other speakers include Jacqueline McGlade, Director of the European Environment Agency, Richard Brock, Founder of the Brock Initiative, and Professor Philip Bourne from the University of California.


For further details visit or go to or call 01224 288815 for more information on Aberdeen Convention Bureau and the Ambassador programme.

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