Intention to suspend this blog

Anyone looking at this blog will notice there has not been any activity recently. The group that was looking after energy coordination at UHI has been disbanded so the few staff left have not prioritized this blog as a means of communication, and for the foreseeable future this will not change.

It is not our intention to update this blog during 2014, but we will be leaving it in it’s current state until we can resurrect it. We will concentrate our announcements (albeit of a shorter and more general research nature) on the UHI Research Twitter feed – please visit us at:

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EIMR International conference now fully booked

May 1-3 2012, Kirkwall.

It’s very encouraging to announce that we have now closed the delegate list for this event having exceeded our 200 delegate limit. We have have opened a ‘standby’ list for anyone still wishing to attend should another delegate need to cancel – if you would like to be added to this list please contact

A draft programme is now available HERE (please remember this is still subject to change) and information for delegates is available HERE

See all details at the EIMR conference website.

EIMR international conference 2012 – Orkney

May 1-3 2012, Kirkwall.

Next year, UHI will host a ground-breaking, international science conference in Orkney, together with Heriot-Watt University’s Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) and the University of Aberdeen.

The International Conference on the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR) 2012, will bring together leading international specialists with the aim to review leading research from around the world and come to an understanding on whether and how emerging technologies might affect coastlines and the seabed, as well as marine animals and seabirds and the human communities living in the areas where development is expected to take place. The core conference programme will take place May 1–3, 2012, but it is expected that, with planned field trips and fringe meetings, the delegates will be in Orkney for around a week.

Organisers are requesting abstracts, which should consist of a one-paragraph summary (ca. 100 words), a list of 3-5 key words, the contact details of all the authors, and a correspondence address. This should be submitted by email to the conference organiser for consideration by the Scientific Steering Committee at The closing date for submissions is 30 November 2011. It is intended that the programme will be finalised by the end of January 2012. Informal enquiries about the conference may also be sent to the same address.

The relevant subjects include:

    Energy Resources, for example wave, tidal, and meteorological measurements.
    Physical and Biophysical Modelling.
    Environmental Interactions – for example observations of devices in relation to currents, sediments, benthic and pelagic species, migratory birds and marine mammals.
    Studies into disturbance and contamination in ecosystems.
    Ecological methodologies and study design.
    Marine Acoustics.
    Engineering and Technical Challenges – for example concerning moorings, seabed survey, navigation and positioning.
    The sustainability of the marine renewables industry, and shaping of national and international policy and regulation.
    Socio-economic investigations: for example, regarding community, stakeholder, heritage, archaeological and cultural considerations.

Confirmation of the detailed programme will be available at the end of Jan 2012. Informal enquiries about the conference should be directed to

See all details at the EIMR conference website.