Blue Carbon II

International Conference

12 & 13 November 2020

Royal Society of Edinburgh

As a result of the recent announcement that COP26 has been rescheduled to November 2021, PLEASE NOTE that the organizing committee of the Blue Carbon conference have decided to reschedule the conference at the RSE to 11/12 November 2021. 

Blue Carbon II: The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum, in collaboration with Marine Scotland and the University of St Andrews, are pleased to announce a two-day Blue Carbon Conference to coincide with COP26 (United Nations international climate negotiations), being hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 9-19 November 2020. The Conference will gather an international audience (including COP26 delegates) to participate in a series of plenary sessions and workshops, addressing scientific and policy-facing issues, to address Blue Carbon developments in the context of the Global Climate Emergency.

The meeting will include policy and science talks, workshops and discussions to highlight current best practice as well as emerging opportunities going beyond the current frameworks, challenges and threats to Blue Carbon. Talks and posters demonstrating emerging science will feature strongly, reinforcing the message of the importance of evidence-led policy.

An evening reception on the 12 November is being supported by our partner, The Glenmorangie Company.

COP26: The themes and agenda for COP26 are at an early stage of development.  Conference organisers will work closely with key COP26 planners to ensure key themes are recognised and developed in the Conference programme. 

Venue & Timing: The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland’s leading learned society and offers a prestigious venue in central Edinburgh (within 5 minutes of Waverley station and direct rail connections to COP26 venues in Glasgow and elsewhere). The meeting space is ideal, capable of accommodating plenary sessions (145 delegates in the Wolfson Lecture Theatre), break-out workshops, networking spaces and a media space for interviews.  Accommodation in Edinburgh will be in high demand in November 2020, coinciding with COP26; early bookings are recommended (

Organizing Committee: Bill Austin (University of St Andrews), John Baxter (University of St Andrews), Ian Davies (Marine Scotland), Catriona Jeorrett (Marine Scotland), Hamish Torrie (Glenmorangie), Bill Turrell (Marine Scotland)

Pre-Registration: To pre-register your interest in attending this conference and to receive priority alerts and updates, please e-mail: