ALSF Technical Conference 2008, Environmental Archaeology Online Access, Investigating the Oceans: Government Response Raises Concerns

Defra ALSF Technical Conference 2008
Defra’s Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) 2008 Technical Conference is to be held at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME), Essex, RM13 8EU on the 28th & 29th February 2008. Session times (tbc) are:

  • Thursday 28th February 09:30h – 17:30h (followed by a drinks reception)
  • Friday 29th February 09:30h – 14:30h

Lunch and all refreshments for both days are included. The programme will include the presentation of 2007/2008 project outputs from the Marine Environment Protection Fund and English Heritage portfolios.
The delegate fee is £125 (not including VAT)

To find out more about registration, please click here. For exhibitor or other information, please email:

Online access to Environmental Archaeology
Members can now access issues issues of Environmental Archaeology dating back to 2006 online (with a subscription of course).

Investigating the Oceans: Government Response Raises Concerns
Following the publication of the important House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology’s report “Investigating the Oceans” in October 2007, the official Government response was published on 9 January 2008.

The response has already generated some concern at The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for falling ” …far short of endorsing the key proposals contained in the Select Committee Report”, which members may recall “…included far reaching recommendations for the organisation and funding of UK marine science and technology; and a call for the creation of a new marine science agency to oversee a national marine science strategy and a new overarching plan for the oceans. ”

IMarEST has identified key concerns with the report including:

  • The Government does not support the formation of an agency, but instead proposes a Marine Science Coordinating Committee (MSCC) to replace IACMST
  • This proposed replacement for the IACMST has no defined ministerial reporting line
  • No independent or industry representation is envisaged on the proposed Marine Science Coordination Committee
  • Whilst the need for a UK Marine Strategy is acknowledged, the proposed coordinating arrangements would seem to suffer similar deficiencies to those that the Select Committee identified in the present arrangements

The Committee’s “Investigating the Oceans” report is available to download.


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