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 TREVOR 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. DIRECTIONS TO PML

DRAFT Programme   version 1

NEW  Poster presentation guide

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Abstract Submission

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

Abstract submission CLOSED.

Poster presentation guide 

Keynote speaker

Invited speakers

Associated Training Course on Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems

The symposium will be preceded by a training course on 'Satellite-based tools for investigating aquatic ecosystems'. The training will have online (weekly webinars between April and July 2023) and in-person (7-8 Aug 2023) components. In-person trainees will be limited to 40 participants and will be expected to contribute first-author abstracts and participate in the symposium (9-11 Aug 2023).

The training course will centre on a subset of the themes of the symposium such as:

·      introduction to satellite-based observations of the ocean, data repositories and processing software tools.

·      the role of the environment in water-borne diseases & human health.

·      indicators of ecosystem status including primary production, phytoplankton phenology, relevance to climate.

The training will be a combination of lectures and practical exercises provided by experts from a number of organisations.  In-person trainees will have the opportunity to learn state-of-the-art techniques including data processing, optical modelling and machine learning.  

For more details on the course here.

Apply for the training course CLOSED

Note: Those applying for the in-person training course need not register separately for the symposium. Acceptance to the in-person training course will automatically include participation in the Symposium.

Important Dates


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: 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 from both developing countries (see eligible countries here) as well as Europe. All  participants requiring travel support must submit an abstract as first-author. See details at the Training course page .

Organisation committee

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