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Thursday, 20 May 2010, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Sustainable Use of the Seabed Around the UK

Mike Cowling, Chief Scientist, The Crown Estate

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 20 May 2010, 6 p.m.

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Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



The Crown Estate's Marine estate encompasses ownership of the seabed out to 12 nm (and to the centre of the earth) and certain rights beyond 12nm out to 200nm. The Crown Estate has a growing role in the delivery of low carbon energy for the UK (and potentially for Europe). The talk will explore these developments, their significance and their contribution to the development of a portfolio of sustainable activities on the Marine estate. The talk will conclude with a summary and discussion of future challenges that need to be overcome.


Currently Chief Scientist for The Crown Estate, expected to provide scientific advice across the Marine estate's portfolio, from Aquaculture to Carbon Capture & Storage. Emeritus Professor of Marine Technology at the University of Glasgow, where he was formerly (until 2005) Director of the Glasgow Marine Technology Centre (GMTC). Mike was an active academic researcher with a research record (~100 publications) that ranged from offshore engineering to adhesively bonded structures, to underwater instruments and biofouling of optical systems. Mike serves on a swathe of committees concerned with environmental policy, the environmental impact of marine aggregate extraction, aquaculture research priorities, CCS, renewable energy, etc. In his time at The Crown Estate Mike has witnessed a transformation in The Crown Estate's business, both in breadth and volume. This has made the role of Chief Scientist particularly challenging and diverse, but one which Mike relishes.

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