The biennial Challenger conference will be held in Oban next year (2nd-6th September 2024). The programme will cover all aspects of marine science with a particular focus on how we can tackle global problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss. 

Oban is a beautiful coastal location, but as a tourist destination accommodation gets booked up very quickly. If you are interested in attending, it is advised that you book accommodation as soon as you can. Accommodation options can be found on the conference website: 

We are pleased to announce that abstract submission is now open for the Challenger 2024 conference which will be held in Oban from 2nd -6th September 2024. The abstract submission deadline is the 30th April. Please find all the information about abstract submission and details of the conference on the Challenger 2024 website.

To help with your planning, here is the outline of events for the week:
Monday 2nd Sept - Registration and ice-breaker
3-5th Sept - Talks and posters
Evening of Thursday 5th Sept - Dinner, prizes and Ceilidh
Friday 6th Sept - Special interest group meetings

Keep your diaries free and please find further information at 

2024 Challenger Society Conference

Presidents’ Art and Photography Prize

For the 2024 competition, in a new departure, members are invited to submit all kinds of images (paintings, drawings, collages ...) as well as photographs. We are looking for images relating to marine science or the ocean that are beautiful, impressive, evocative, amusing, quirky or entertaining. The winning image will earn its creator a prize of £100. The winner will be decided by the outgoing President and the President Elect.
You may submit up to three images (each image has a 100MB size limit).  For more information and to submit your images(s) see:

For each image, please provide a title, and a brief explanation of the context. Entries must arrive by 30 August. Images should not have been created for commercial purposes, or have received any previous award. 
Photographic images should not have been significantly altered digitally (e.g. using Photoshop) or created with AI. They need to be at sufficiently high resolution to look good when printed, not just on screen. This means that the file size should be of the order of 1 Mb or more, not tens of kb. Images may be used in future publications of the Society, with the owner’s permission.
NB. The competition is only open to members of the Society.

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