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Blue Carbon: Beyond the Inventory

International Conference, Workshop & Fieldtrip

11 & 12 November 2021

Royal Society of Edinburgh

Blue Carbon: Beyond the Inventory. 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 31 October to 12 November, 2021. The Conference will gather, both in-person and on-line, 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 11 November at the National Museum of Scotland is being supported by our partner, The Glenmorangie Company.

Blue Carbon Initiative: A workshop hosted by the Blue Carbon Initiative will be held at the RSE on 10 November and followed by a dinner at Edinburgh Castle, which is being supported by our partner, The PEW Trusts

Venue & Timing: The Royal Society of Edinburgh are our conference partners and Scotland’s leading learned society, offering 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 2021, coinciding with COP26; early bookings are recommended ( Helpful advice on travel, accommodation and covid-updates are available on the COP26  website – please read these before you make your plans.

Research Topic: We have opened a research topic on the theme of the conference with Frontiers in Marine Science (Editor in Chief – Carlos Duarte); the topic editors (Cath Lovelock, Hilary Kennedy, Joanne Porter, Bill Turrell and Bill Austin) welcome contributions that address the science and policy dimensions of Blue Carbon, particularly where these highlight opportunities and mechanisms for the protection, restoration and creation of Blue Carbon habitats.

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

Registration is now open and supported by our partner MASTS ; both in-person and on-line attendance is possible. Register here.

Programme: The outline programme for the Blue Carbon: Beyond the Inventory Conference is Now available. 


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