Marine science festival heads for SAMS –

Marine science festival heads for SAMS Published:  25 August, 2009

A TEN-day marine science festival is to run in the Oban area next year thanks to a £15,000 grant from the Scottish Government.

The festival, to be run by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), aims to bring together local businesses, organisations and agencies with marine scientists to create an exciting programme of events for both locals and visitors.

The festival could include a two-day fair for primary and secondary pupils, lectures and debates, drama and music performances, art exhibitions and workshops, nature walks and beach cleans.

A steering committee is being set up to organise the community involvement and decide on the final programme of the event which is due to run in May 2010.

Professor Laurence Mee, Director of SAMS, said: ‘This science festival will be the first of its kind in this area, bringing together world-class scientists, businesses, local families and schoolchildren, as well as early-season visitors.

‘We are aiming for a festival that genuinely celebrates the powerful, fascinating and rich marine environment Oban is so defined by in a spirit of exploration, observation, respect and sustainable management.’