Dr Paula Kellett (PhD 2014) joined the European Marine Board in 2016. She originally gained an MEng degree in Naval Architecture and Small Craft Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Her PhD research, also carried out at University of Strathclyde, focused on the underwater noise emitted by ships, its impact on marine life and potential means of control. As a Research Associate, she was also involved in a multi-disciplinary collaborative project between marine science and engineering related to underwater noise, as well as research into marine biofouling, energy efficiency and ship maneuvering. Her career progression has given her experience in industry (as an undergraduate working in a shipyard), academia, and science-policy, as well as exposure to both marine engineering and science. She also led the publication of EMB’s 2018 document on ‘Training the 21st Century Marine Professional’.
European Marine Board
The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy. As an independent, self-sustaining, non-governmental advisory body, the EMB transfers knowledge between the scientific community and decision makers, promoting Europe’s leadership in marine research and technology. EMB provides strategic recommendations to European and National policymakers, to the marine science community, and to wider stakeholder groups via publications, events and projects. EMB currently represents 35 Member Organizations from 18 European countries, representing over 10,000 scientists and technical staff. Its membership includes major national marine or oceanographic institutes, research funding agencies and national consortia of universities with a strong marine research focus.
In this presentation, Paula will highlight examples of ways in which blue graduate training will need to evolve in the near future in order to meet the science- and policy-driven demand. She will also present the opportunities that this evolution brings. These recommendations are based on a number of EMB publications including Training the 21st Century Marine Professional, Navigating the Future V: Marine Science for a Sustainable Future, Big Data in Marine Science, Marine Science Communication in Europe: a way forward and A Strategic Research Agenda for Oceans and Human Health.