This year's Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation Annual Spring Public Lecture takes place at the National Marine Aquarium and will be given by Mel Austen, Head of Science for 'Sea and Society' at Plymouth Marine Laboratory.
Mel was originally a marine ecologist who researched very small worms in mud for many years but struggled to answer the ‘So what?’ question of anyone she spoke to about this work. She realised that she needed to look at the marine environment from a people's perspective to be able to keep them listening. So she started working with economists and social scientists, public health researchers and policy makers in the UK and internationally.
She will talk about why the marine environment is important to people and how we measure that importance (and not always in money), how we relate that back to managing the marine environment and to supporting development of policy to do so. As well as undertaking research Mel has served in government roles including currently as a member of the Natural Capital Committee and of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
This lecture is free to attend but registration is essential via the NMA website.
PlyMSEF is a charitable body established to advance education in marine science and related subjects. Its work is overseen by trustees from marine organisations across Plymouth, including Professor Richard Thompson OBE from the University of Plymouth Marine institute.