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16 & 17 May 2023 - University of Aberdeen, King's College Conference Centre

The conference will be held in the King’s College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen on Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th May 2023. A Conference dinner will be held in Aberdeen on the Tuesday evening

As in previous years, the conference is going from strength to strength with a wide range of presentations, topics, keynote speakers, publication and poster competitions.

Delegates will be able to present their research, find out about SAGES funding and the benefits of being a SAGES member, enter our competitions for ‘Best published paper’ and ‘Best poster’. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other early career researchers and academics from all disciplines in our five science themes.

Our Research Themes and Forums will showcase the breadth of SAGES research. Each day will lead with an invited ‘Keynote’ cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary presentation.

Professor Pete Smith - University of Aberdeen

Professor Pete Smith - University of Aberdeen

Keynote speaker - Tuesday 16 May 2023

Professor Maggie Gill - Scottish Science Advisory Council

Professor Maggie Gill - Scottish Science Advisory Council

Keynote speaker - Wednesday 17 May 2023

Session information

Session 1 – Theme 1 & Theme 4: ‘Land, Landscapes and Societal Interactions’

Session 2 – Theme 3 & CESD, FIORD & VaLIDATE Forums: ‘Earth Systems: Ice, Land, Ocean, Atmosphere’

Session 3 – Theme 2 & Source 2 Sink Forum: ‘Carbon’

On behalf of Theme 2: Carbon and Biogeochemical Cycles: Sustaining Life and the Source to Sea Forum, we would like to invite you to submit your abstract to the ‘Carbon’ session at the 2023 SAGES Annual Science Meeting.

Our ‘Carbon’ session seeks to discuss:

1. The role of carbon and biogeochemical cycles in achieving net-zero targets.
2. Connecting green and blue carbon across the land-ocean interface.
3. The role of digital technology in shaping future of carbon and biogeochemical research.

We therefore seek abstracts from the theme and forum members to be presented at the SAGES 2023 Annual Science Meeting.

Session 4 – Integrated Water Cycle Management and Health & Wellbeing Forums

Tuesday 16th May 2023 - Day 1 schedule

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome

09:10 – 09:40 Keynote Professor Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen

09:40 – 11:40 Session 1 (including coffee break) Themes 1 & 4 ‘Land, Landscapes and Societal Interactions’

11:40 – 12:30 SAGES Phase 3: Opportunities for members & ‘Meet the new SAGES Director’

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch, posters & networking

14:00 – 16:00 Session 2 (including coffee break) Theme 3 & CESD, FIORD & VaLIDATE Forums ‘Earth Systems: Ice, Land, Ocean, Atmosphere’

16:00 – 16:15 Poster pop-ups (30 second stand up – no slides!)

16:15 – 18:00 Drinks reception incorporating poster session and networking (breakout rooms available)

19:00 Conference dinner (venue to be confirmed)

Wednesday 17th May 2023 - Day 2 schedule

09:00 – 09:20 Keynote Professor Maggie Gill, Chair Scottish Science Advisory Council

09:20 – 10:00 SAGES Policy Internship Showcase, Chaired by Professor Maggie Gill

10:00 – 12:00 Session 3 (including coffee break) Theme 2 & Carbon 2 Sink Forum ‘Carbon’

12:00 – 13:00 SAGES SALTIRE Emerging Researchers Showcase

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Session 4 (including coffee break) Integrated Water Cycle Management & Health and Wellbeing Forum

16:00 – 16:20 Prize presentation & conference closing speech

16:20 – 17:30 Breakout rooms available

Registration is free and open to SAGES & SEFARI members.

Registration opens Thursday 23 February 2023

Registration deadline 30 April 2023

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Members are invited to submit an abstract, oral or poster on the one page pptx ASM_Submission_Template

Abstract submissions open: 23 February 2023

Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2023

Oral presentations will be grouped into four sessions.

  • Session 1: Themes 1 & 4 ‘Land, Landscapes and Societal Interactions’
  • Session 2:Themes 3 & CESD and FIORD & VaLIDATE Forums ‘Earth Systems: Ice, Land, Ocean, Atmosphere’
  • Session 3:Theme 2 & Sink 2 Source Forum ‘Carbon’
  • Session 4: Integrated Water Cycle Management + Health and Wellbeing Forums

Poster presentations will be ungrouped

Please complete the following electronic form to submit your abstract;

SAGES Annual Science Meeting 2023 submission upload

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Best Publication competition

The annual SAGES Best Publication competition awards prizes of £100 for the best published paper first-authored by a SAGES Graduate School or post-graduate researcher member to appear in a peer-reviewed journal (or with a DOI) in 2022-2023.

There will be one prize for each SAGES Theme.

Entries will be judged by John Howe, and the SAGES Research and Innovation Committee (RiCom).

The awards will be announced at the 2023 Annual Science meeting

To enter nominations (including a pdf of the paper and its related SAGES Theme) should be sent to [email protected]

Entry deadline: Friday 28 April 2023

Additional information
  • Registration is free and open to SAGES & SEFARI members
  • Abstract deadline: 30 March 2023
  • Best Published paper entry deadline: 28 April 2023
  • Registration deadline: 30 April 2023
  • Travel and accommodation claims for SAGES PG’s and ECR’s will be supported to a value of £220 (receipts must be provided)
  • Travel and accommodation to be booked by delegate at reasonable rates
  • Please consider any restrictions (potential strike action) and book refundable travel and accommodation, where possible
  • Any relevant COVID restrictions imposed at the time of the event will be followed by all attendee’s
  • If you are no longer able to attend the event please notify

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