EIMR Conference - Stornoway | 30 April – 1 May 2014
The conference will be held in the An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Scotland from Wednesday April 30, to Thursday May 1 2014, with an additional programme of special interest sessions, field trips and other activities expected to take place on Friday May 2 2014. Its main objective is to bring together people from different disciplines and cultures to encourage collaboration and develop ideas.
Call for abstracts
Technologies to extract renewable energy from marine waves and tidal-streams are developing rapidly. While these activities are centred on the UK and Scotland in particular, activities are now occurring in coastal nations across the globe. Alongside technological advances and site specific developments comes the need to understand how these devices and their associated infrastructure interact with the receiving environment, marine fauna and flora and other human users of the sea. Such information is needed to: 1) provide regulators sufficient information to consent ecologically sustainable developments, 2) help companies foresee and mitigate potentially negative issues, and 3) understand their oceanographic, ecological and societal implications in relation to other marine activities and processes.
Following the success of the first international EIMR conference in 2012 (Orkney, Scotland) and popular demand for a second meeting we are delighted to announce the second Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables (EIMR-II) conference. This meeting will serve as a major forum for global researchers and professionals to come together to present their latest research results, and ideas on the oceanographic, ecological and societal interactions of wave and tidal-stream energy devices.
We are particularly seeking abstracts around the following three themes:
- Interaction with the resource
- Interactions with devices
- Managing space
Within these themes, topics could include: Modelling and quantification of wave or tidal resource; robust, cost-effective ecological study design and methods for measuring change; environmental information to inform consenting; estimation of abundance and distribution of habitats or/or species; new observation techniques; device-made underwater sound & EMF; modelling and observation of direct interactions (collisions / fouling / displacement); ecological considerations of scaling from single devices to arrays; marine heritage and culture; marine policy and spatial planning; community benefit and stakeholder engagement.
To submit an abstract email email@example.com
Who should come:
We invite everyone with an active interest in the provision, use and interpretation of research relevant to the themes described above. In particular we encourage active researchers as well as leading edge consultants, regulators/their advisors and device/site developers considering environmental interactions.
In addition to the main conference we are soliciting ideas for associated NERC funded workshops. If you have an idea for a workshop, please contact th e organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org
The abstract should be between 300 and 500 words long and should include:
- A clear statement on the aim of the research described in the paper,
- Description of the activities which are reported in the paper, and
- A clear statement on the conclusions drawn from the research.
Authors of abstracts accepted for presentation at EIMR 2014 will be invited to submit an extended abstract or summary paper of 2-3 pages.
The extended abstracts are to describe background, methodology and findings of the work in a condensed format and will be published electronically as conference proceedings.
Copyright of work submitted will be retained by the authors.
10 Janauary 2014
Download: Call for abstracts
Please email the EIMR team at email@example.com to register your interest in the conference.
A registration form will be available soon with information on the accepted forms of payment for the conference registration fee.
Please contact our EIMR Conference Team for all registration related issues: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't forget to register by 15th February to qualify for the early bird registration fee.
Programme of events
A complete programme of events will be published in due course.
Travel & accommodation
Stornoway is on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It is an important port and the major town and administrative centre of the Outer Hebrides
Airlines flying to Stornoway
Stornoway airport is only ten minutes from the centre of town. Taxis can be found outside the main building and car hire can also be booked in advance.
Carhire Hebrides, for further details please call +44 (0)1851 706 500
There is an airport bus service operating regularly throughout the day and an excellent bus service operating throughout Lewis and Harris for those planning on exploring the island.
Caledonian MacBrayne sail to 24 destinations throughout the West Coast of Scotland. There is a direct ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway with sailings up to 3 times a day. For more information about timetables and fares plase call 0800 066 5000.
To book a room just click on the hotel link of your choice and complete the online booking request form. Each link will direct you to a dedicated conference page on the existing website of the selected hotel. Additionally you will find further information about the hotel you have chosen to stay in and helpful advice on the distance from your hotel to the conference venue, recreational facilities, ferry terminal, airport and local public transport.
Cabarfeidh HotelBed and full breakfast
|Single occupancy of a double or twin room||£89|
|2 persons in a double or twin room||£99|
Royal HotelBed and full breakfast
|Single occupancy of a double or twin room||£79|
|2 persons in a double or twin room||£89|
Caladh InnBed and full breakfast
|Single occupancy of a double or twin room||£79|
In 2012 we succeeded in bringing together people from different disciplines and cultures to encourage collaboration and develop ideas. Abstracts can be found in the conference brochure and the reports of the expert working group on Wave and Tidal Energy Test Sites (WKWTETS) can be downloaded from the ICES website. We would like to thank all of the particpants, the organisers and the local community for making it such a successful event.
"It was an excellent conference with high class attendance, not only for the UK, but also internationally"
"An up to date and accurate portrayal of the work going on in relation to marine renewables and the environment. The conference exceeded my expectations"
"One of the best conferences I have been to in years….I sincerely hope this can be continued!"
"The event was perfect"
"The event met my expectations VERY well!"
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Phone and email
Phone: +44 (0) 1851 770 235