Leading the blue economy - A’ stiùireadh an eaconamaidh ghorm
The marine resource of the Highlands and Islands is an enviable and unique asset, not only for the region, but for Scotland and the whole United Kingdom. It has created and maintained valuable economic opportunities for generations, in sectors as varied as aquaculture, fisheries, life sciences, tourism and renewable energy. With the right strategic approach, carefully targeted investment and access to excellent science and skills, we believe it has the potential to deliver much more, playing a key role in the contribution made by Scotland’s rural economy, supporting a sustainable future for hundreds of communities around its coasts and, in doing so, contributing significantly to the country’s net zero ambition.
This seminar will bring together industry, academia and the public sector to discuss which areas might best benefit from support and investment to deliver the greatest impact in the region. How do we strike the correct balance between benefiting communities, creating jobs and/or environmental safeguarding? It will also consider how we can achieve more through working collaboratively with partners.
This event is hosted in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and forms part of a series celebrating the university partnership's 10th birthday and will examine how we can help lead our region to a post-COVID recovery.
Our speakers include:
- Professor Ben Wilson - Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI)
- Amanda Bryan - Chair of Crown Estate Scotland (CES)
- Michael Tait - Managing Director of Shetland Mussels Ltd
- Audrey MacIver - Director of Energy & Low Carbon, HIE
- Rachel Shucksmith - North Atlantic Fisheries Centre (NAFC Marine Centre UHI)
- Euan Scott - Barra & Vatersay Community Ltd
and is chaired by Professor Nick Owens - Director, Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS UHI)