John Bacon

John spent 20 very happy years working as a Civil Engineer in many parts of the UK, but also with 10 years in Tanzania, Dubai and Oman before returning to study Geophysical Sciences at UEA as a mature student. He discovered the science of oceanography and in particular coastal processes and carried on to complete a PhD at UEA, working with an inspiring research group at UEA, guided by Chris Vincent in 2004.

After a UEA post doc job, a lecturer's post and a further three years working as a marine specialist with Meteorologists Weatherquest Ltd, he moved to Cefas eight years ago and is a Principal Scientist in Coastal numerical modelling and also leads High Performance and Scientific Computing at Cefas. Much of his work involves numerical modelling of coastal processes, geomorphology and water quality, particularly in respect of shellfish health.  Cefas is a hugely diverse organisation and although a government department (executive agency of Defra) is one of the foremost organisations to work in marine science research.

He has been a member of the Challenger Society since 2002 and was elected as Honorary Secretary, despite attrocious spelling! He now runs the web development for the society and Mattias Green is the Honorary Secretary.

 

Latest News

Challenger Medal Awarded 2020 and 2022

The Challenger Society is delighted to announce the delayed award of the 2020 Challenger Medal to Prof. Alberto Naveira Garabato, and of the 2022 Challenger Medal to Prof. Carol Robinson. We are absolutely delighted to honour these two fantastic scientists in this way, and look forward to hearing their Award Lectures at the forthcoming Challenger 150 meeting at the Natural History Museum. For more information about the Challenger Conference 2022 please click here.

Read More


International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit #DITTO22

You are warmly invited to join on-line the International Digital Twins of the Ocean Summit #DITTO22, which takes place on Wednesday and Thursday the 4th and 5th of May.

Read More


Vacancy MASTS Marine Social Science Lead

MASTS has a vacancy for a 0.5FT Marine Social Science lead. 

Read More