UK & CHN Core - UK & China Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy
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Clean Energy and Society

UK & China CORE ‘summer school’

23-27 March 2020

Clean Energy and Society

Rationale/learning outcome
Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) developments, including wind, wave and tidal projects, seek to extract energy from the environment for the benefit of society. Their success is therefore dependent on the compatibility between device engineering and the receiving natural and social environment.
This summer school allows early career MRE engineers and researchers the opportunity to explore some of the environmental and human considerations that successful MRE developments need to address. It will also provide them with the concepts of environmental and social science they will need to ensure long-term success in future projects.
The week-long summer school will take place at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), which is based in Oban, Scotland, UK. SAMS is the UK’s oldest marine science organisation and was set up in 1884 by Sir John Murray of the Challenger Expedition, often referred to as the father of oceanography.
Oban is a small coastal university town on the scenic west coast of Scotland, two and a half hours north west of Glasgow. It is know as the gateway to the isles due to its busy ferry port connecting it to the inner and outer Hebridean islands, and as the seafood capital of Scotland. It is home to the Oban Whisky Distillery, which produces a classic single malt Scotch whisky. The Scottish highlands and islands are a popular destination for lovers of natural beauty, Scottish heritage and outdoor adventures.
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Participants will explore environmental and social challenges associated with plans to develop MRE resources for energy extraction, and how such challenges might be addressed. Although the focus will be on potential tidal energy sites in the vicinity of SAMS, the issues raised will apply to the entire MRE sector worldwide.

Draft programme
(NB subject to change at short notice)

Monday 23 March 2020

Session 1: Welcome and Scene-setting
13.00 Arrival at SAMS – lunch
13.45 Welcome and scene setting
14.00 Welcome to SAMS
14.15 Introductions
14.45 Keynote address by Caitlin Long (EMEC)
15.30 Tea / coffee break
15.45 Tidal channels in NW Scotland – an overview
16.15 Tour of SAMS
17.00 End of day – transport to Oban / accommodation
19.00 Meeting for dinner (at participant expense)

Tuesday 24 March 2020
9.00 Taxi to SAMS

Session 2: Regulations and Marine Planning
9.15 The marine regulatory licensing process in Scotland
10.00 The Chinese context
11.15 Tea / coffee break
11.30 Strategic marine planning
12.15 Local marine planning
13.00 Lunch

Session 3: Marine Environments and Species 1
13.45 Protected species and habitats
14.30 Collecting the right environmental data
15.30 Tea / coffee break
15.45 Methods and technologies used to measure the marine environment
17.00 End of day – transport to Oban
19.00 Optional tour of Oban whisky distillery / dinner (at participant expense)

Wednesday 25 March 2020 (weather permitting)

Session 4: Field trip (all day)
08:45 Departure from Oban to Seil Island (by minibus)
09.45 Guided tour of Cuan Sound/Easdale
11:45 Lunch
12:30 SeaFari trip to Cuan Sound/Dorus Mor/Gulf of Corryvreckan (NB weather-dependent!)
14:30 Return to Oban
15:00 Round-town treasure hunt exercise in groups (learn about agencies / industries)
16:30 De-briefing session and tea
17:00 Free time
19.00 Conference dinner

Thursday 26 March 2020
9.00 Taxi to SAMS

Session 5: Marine Environments and Species 2
9.15 The role of infrastructure design in attracting marine species of interest
10.00 Marine invasive species
10.45 Social and legal challenges
11.15 Tea / coffee break
11.30 The role of ecosystem models in impact assessments
13.00 Lunch

Session 6: The role of public perception
13.45 Aquaculture and public perception
15.30 Tea / coffee break
15.45 Marine vertebrate interactions – so what?
17.00 End of day – transport to Oban
19.00 Dinner (at participant expense)

Friday 27 March 2020
9.00 Taxi to SAMS

Session 7: Bringing it all together
9.15 Keynote address by Sarah Brown (Clyde Marine Planning Partnership)
10.15 Implications for your work in the next 5 years
11.15 Tea / coffee break
11.30 Complexity and avenues for future research
12.45 Conclusion
13.15 Lunch
14.00 Departure

Who delivers this summer school training?
The training will be delivered by senior staff from the INNO-MPP project, scientists from the Scottish Association for Marine Science, and with several keynote speakersrepresenting the industry and regulatory sectors.
Who can participate?
This summer school is intended for up to 15 early career researchers associated with the five UK&CHN CORE projects (Mod Core, ResIn, INNO-MPP, Fengbo-Wind and Extreme Wind) that are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and
the Natural Environment Research Council for the UK and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
This summer school is funded through the five UK&CHN CORE projects and participation is therefore free, covering also accommodation, breakfast, lunch, and the excursion and conference dinner on Wednesday. Participants will, however, have to fund
their own travel to/from Oban as well as some of their dinners and other expenses.
How to apply
For further information, to express interest or to apply for a place on this summer school, please email Please include the name of the project you work on, the institution you work for, and your role within that project in your email. The
application deadline is Monday, 6th January 2020.