The Challenger Society for Marine Science

Welcome to the Challenger Society


The Society:

  • Organizes and supports scientific meetings, including the biennial Challenger conference.
  • Publishes the magazine Ocean Challenge and a monthly newsletter Challenger Wave.
  • Supports a number of specialist groups covering a wide range of marine science topics.
  • Provides travel support and other facilities for students and young scientists.
  • Acts as a voice for the UK marine science community.

The website contains all information pertaining to the Challenger Society. Some information is available only to registered members of the society. This includes some editions of Ocean Challenge and access to Challenger Wave. To join us, please view the membership details in The Society section of the site.


A SUCCESSFUL PROSPECTUS: Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations On 17th September 2013 Challenger Society for Marine Science and UK Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR) presented “A Prospectus for UK Marine Sustained Observations” at the Royal Society in London. The meeting featured an interdisciplinary series of talks and discussions by some of the UK’s foremost early to mid-career scientists who celebrated the UK’s history of sustained observations of the ocean and reflect on the impact these observations have had on their field of science as well as in other areas. The presentations generated a great deal of discussion and with the directors of many UK marine science organizations present, the Prospectus provided a genuine opportunity for the marine science community to discuss their ideas for future strategy. The contributions showed how gaps in time-series affect our ability to detect trends, explored different funding models for long observational programmes and discussed how policy makers use sustained observations. Moreover, we heard about the fascinating science being achieved using long-term ocean measurements. The meeting concluded with a ‘Question Time’ style discussion session chaired by Professor Nicholas Owens (SAHFOS), where Professor Laurence Mee (SAMS), NOC director Professor Ed Hill, Professor Karen Heywood (UEA) and Dr David Mills (Cefas) fielded audience questions. Further information can be found at Prospectus 2013



A date for the diary: Oceanology International 2014

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