This week we welcomed Catherine Beswick, SMMI Editor-in-Residence, to talk to us about her (new) role, and how we, as postgraduate researchers, can benefit from her work. In Catherine’s own words, her job is to ‘shout about’ the work of the SMMI and its students to the outside world. While a big part of being a postgrad is about learning how to get your work out to academic audiences, Catherine is here to help us to share research with audiences outside of academia: be that the media, policy-makers, or relevant industries. Catherine has a background in Oceanography & Earth Sciences, and is dedicated to getting all kinds of marine and maritime research out to the audiences who could benefit the most from it.
James Spray and Tom Redd gave a joint talk on the history of science and law at sea. The talk explored how science has developed our understanding of the marine environment and challenged the way in which humanity exploits natural resources. Beginning with the Roman concept of communis omnium naturali jure (open to all persons by the operation of natural law), through to the most recent European policies, Tom discussed the changing nature of marine and maritime law. James presented a history of research at sea and show how modern technology has radically changed science at sea. This was the first joint presentation given, and both James and Tom did an excellent job outlining the progression of scientific research at sea and the laws that have sprung up around it.