Following huge successes in 2017 and 2018, for its third edition, the Young Marine Biologist Summit returned to the home of marine biology, Plymouth, on Saturday 14th December 2019, with forty Young Marine Biologists (YMB’s) taking part in this annual cross-generational celebration of marine biology.
Conversations throughout the day were focused on Climate Change, with the hope of encouraging young people to share their views, while informing their debate on the topic. All speakers (including YMBs) and workshop facilitators were therefore encouraged to explore how their particular subjects may be influenced by climate change. With topics ranged from the weird and wonderful behaviours of marine animals to a comprehensive insight into the world of marine microbes and their role in maintaining ocean health, to ocean literacy and the use of animals in science, participants were given a good overview of ocean processes and the complex interactions therein.
Delegates were also treated to three presentations by YMB’s themselves. Finley, Alex and Esmee took to the stage and confidently shared their insights into how climate change is affecting the marine environment. Additionally, for the first time ever, a YMB participant provided an interactive activity during breaks, which together with networking, stands and competitions for best jokes and weirdest facts, made for very busy refreshment breaks.
The afternoon was reserved for interactive learning with lively workshops which gave attendees the opportunity to delve deeper into topics such as ocean threats, invasive species and science communication. The YMB Summit would then not be complete without its feature careers sessions, including the informative ‘Routes into Marine Biology’ keynote, and the subsequent discussion with a panel of marine biologists tackling the burning questions from the audience.
To wrap up the day, there was the presentation of prizes for best poster, YMB talk, joke and weirdest fact, of course with prizes for the runner’s up. Overall the day was a big success and hopefully next year’s YMB Summit will be something to look forward to!
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The YMB Summit would like to thank all the volunteers and organisations involved in bringing such a great event together.