Symposium 2023

Trevor Platt Science Foundation and partners are pleased to announce their inaugural science symposium:

Trends, Reflections, Evolution, and Visions in Ocean Research

A celebration of the scientific life of Trevor Platt

The Trevor Platt Science Foundation (TPSF) was launched in Aug 2021 to promote capacity building, research, and education in ocean sciences, with a strong emphasis on international networking, to nurture the next generation of young scientists and give them the tools they need to succeed in their chosen careers. The Foundation is also serving as a forum that brings together Trevor’s colleagues and students in the spirit of collaboration.

TPSF and partners are organising a scientific symposium preceded by a training course to carry forward Trevor’s legacy in ocean research and international collaboration.

The symposium will include keynote and invited lectures, oral and poster presentations, and networking sessions.

Dates: 7-11 August 2023

Training Course: 7-8 August 2023

Symposium: 9-11 August (till 12:00h)

TPSF Annual Meeting: 11 August (14:00h onwards)

Location: The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK

Abstract Submission

We invite abstracts for talks or posters on the following themes to which Trevor made significant contributions:

  • Primary production, physiology and ecology of marine phytoplankton

  • Thermodynamics of aquatic ecosystems

  • Physical and biological interactions

  • Marine optics

  • Size structure of marine communities

  • Remote sensing of ocean colour

  • Ocean carbon cycle and climate change

  • Water quality and human health

  • Time series of ocean observations and their analyses

  • Ecological approaches to fisheries management

  • International collaboration and capacity building

Abstract submission here.

Associated Training Course

The symposium will be preceded by a training course on 'Remote Sensing of Ocean Colour and Modelling Primary Production', on 7-8 August 2023. All trainees will be expected to contribute first-author abstracts to the symposium and participate in the symposium.

The training course will centre on a subset of the themes of the symposium such as Ocean Colour, Primary Production, and Remote sensing. The teaching will be provided by experts from a number of organisations, including the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), EUMETSAT, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS). The training will comprise a combination of lectures and practical exercises with students having the opportunity to make use of state-of-the-art techniques such as machine learning. Attendees are expected to use their own hardware (laptop) and training materials will continue to be accessible to participants after the event.

Application for training course will open soon.

Note: Application form for training course will be made available soon. Acceptance to the training course will automatically include registration for the Symposium

Please note training is limited to 40 participants.

Important Dates

  • 30 Jan 2023: Abstract submission and training course applications close

  • 15 Feb 2023: Notification of oral/poster presentations

  • 31 Mar 2023: Travel support application closes

  • 30 Apr 2023: Early bird registration closes

  • 30 Apr 2023: Announcement of travel scholarships

  • 30 June 2023: Registration closes

  • 7-8 Aug 2023: Training course

  • 9-11 Aug 2023: Trevor Platt Science Symposium

  • 11 Aug 2023: Annual General Meeting of Trevor Platt Science Foundation (14:00h onwards)


A registration fee will be charged to confirm attendance and help defray expenses. Lunches and coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. There will be no on-site registration.

Students are required to submit a letter of support from their supervisor to by 30 April 2023. The letter must be written in English, signed, and on institutional letterhead.

Please register here.

Note: Application form for training course will be made available soon. Acceptance to the training course will automatically include registration for the Symposium

Registration Fees

Students (symposium only): £ 150

Developing country* participants (symposium only): £ 150

Early bird registration (symposium only): £ 200

Trainees (training course + symposium): £ 200

Late registration (symposium only): £ 300

*For a list of currently eligible countries, see the OECD website

Spaces available at the symposium are limited. Registration will be considered complete only when the appropriate payment has been made and admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Travel Support

Limited travel support will be available to assist trainees and participants from developing countries. All participants requiring travel support must submit an abstract as first-author and submit an application form. The deadline for requesting travel support is 31 March 2023. Notifications about the success of your travel support request will be provided by 30 April 2023. Application for travel support will be available soon.

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