The Council

The Officers and Ordinary Members of Council are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The President is elected for a two-year term (past presidents are listed here) and Ordinary Members each serve for three years. 

The Officers Ordinary Members and Co-opted Members are as follows:

President 2022-2024
Professor Mike Meredith, BAS, website

Incoming President 2023-
Professor Maeve Lohan, University of Southampton, website


Honorary Secretary 2022-2026
Dr Kate Hendry, BAS, website

Honorary Treasurer 2023-
Dr Alexander Brearley, BAS. website


Ordinary Members of Council

Special Interest Groups 2021-2024
Dr Cecilia Liszka, BAS website

Education and Outreach 2023-2026

Dr Robyn Tuerena, Scottish Association for Marine Science, website

Early Career Network Coordinator 2020-2023 
Dr Siddhi Joshi, Independent Marine Scientist, London website

Editor, Challenger Wave 2010-2023
Dr John Allen, University of Portsmouth. website

Student Travel Awards and Stepping Stones 2018-2023
Dr Sophie Wilmes. Bangor University. website

Industry Liaison and Technology 2010-2023
Mr Terry Sloane, Planet Ocean Ltd. biography

Communications 2021 - 2024
Dr Anna McGregor, University of Glasgow, website

UK SCOR Representative 2019-2023
Prof Alessandro Tagliabue University of Liverpool  website

Membership, Data Protection and Management 2020-2023
Dr Chelsey Baker, NOC Southampton, website

NOC Liaison, 2022-2024
Dr Mark Inall, SAMS, website 

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility working group co-chairs, 2022-present
Dr Gillian Damerell, University of Bergen
Ben Fisher, University of Edinburgh


Ex-officio and co-opted members of Council:

Chair, Ocean Challenge Editorial Board
Dr Stephen Dye, Cefas, website

Editor, Ocean Challenge
Ms Angela Colling, Formerly Open University

Website and Development
Dr John Bacon, formerly Cefas

Latest News

2024 Challenger Medallist and Fellows

We are delighted to announce the 2024 recipients of the Challenger Medal and the Challenger Fellowships. These biennial awards will be presented to awardees at the Challenger Conference in September.


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Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition

Please see a news item from the Royal Society below.

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition is now open for entries. Submit your photograph by 23 August 2024 in our categories of; Astronomy, Behaviour, Earth Science and Climatology, Ecology and Environmental Science, and Microimaging.

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Heat and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean: the state of the art and future priorities

The following Royal Society Philosophical Trans A issue has been highly cited and downloaded - Heat and carbon uptake in the Southern Ocean: the state of the art and future priorities organised and edited by Andrew J S Meijers, Corinne Le Quéré CBE FRS, Pedro M S Monteiro, Jean-Baptiste Sallée and the articles can be accessed directly at www.bit.ly/TransA2249 

Purchase the print issue at the reduced price of £40 by contacting sales@royalsociety.org

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