Scottish Association for Marine Science
|Scottish Association for Marine Science|
|Location||Oban, Argyll, Scotland|
|Director||Prof L Mee|
|Affiliations||University of the Highlands and Islands
National Oceanography Centre
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2008)|
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is one of Europe's leading marine science research organisations and one of the oldest oceanographic organisations in the world. Sited beside Dunstaffnage Castle, in Argyll, Scotland, the institute carries out advanced research in the marine environment, including polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic.
In addition to marine research, in the fields of marine processes and climate change, renewable energy, the Arctic, marine prosperity and sustainability, and mining impacts, the institute has a commercial branch and an education department.
It is an independent collaborative centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and an academic partner to the UHI Millennium Institute. It officially became part of the University of the Highlands and Islands in February 2011.
SAMS is also a member of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), and leads the MASTS Graduate School.
UHI students study for the B.Sc.(Hons) in marine science, for Masters and for Ph.D.s and are mostly based at the station. Undergraduate students are posted there for at least three of their four years.
The Association was founded following the landmark Challenger expedition during the 1870s. The Scottish Marine Station, as it was known back then, was the first of such "marine stations" set up in Scotland. It grew quickly and just three years later, Millport Marine Station (now University Marine Biological Station Millport) was founded to further the research.
The site that SAMS now occupies was first developed by the Scottish Marine Biological Association in the late 1960s as a replacement for their outdated laboratory facilities in Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
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