POP project features in webinar by Sustainable Management of Marine Resources (SMMR)

POP project features in webinar by Sustainable Management of Marine Resources (SMMR)

On the 18th of May, POP coordinator Dr Chris Leakey presented the work and findings from the Dive In! project led by the University of St Andrews Museums team. POP collaborated with the museums team and researchers from the university Scottish Oceans Institute to produce an interdisciplinary museum exhibition for public engagement in marine science and climate action.

Chris talked about a recent collaboration between a museum, designers, climate communication specialists and marine scientists, developing and testing an exhibition of marine science that aimed to stimulate behavioural change in audiences.

Chris presented along side Professor Abigail McQuatters-Gollop (University of Plymouth) for her talk “From science to policy: Connecting research and data to decision making”.

The webinar is now available to watch on the SMMR-UK’s YouTube here.


There are two elements to SMMR. One is the Strategic Priorities Fund, the call for which opened in April 2020 and closed in October 2020. Successful applicants to the fund were announced in late July 2021, and the projects can be read about here. The second element of SMMR is SMMR-Net, a new, interdisciplinary community of researchers and policy stakeholders. The network is separate to the funded projects, and is for anybody interested in interdisciplinary working.

This work is jointly delivered by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and in partnership with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Marine Scotland.


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