Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

September: SeaTember

SAGES, in partnership with the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology and Dynamic Earth, invite you to join us for SeaTember: a month of celebration of our oceans!

From fascinating talks to exciting videos, opportunities to meet the scientists and to share your experiences, we are planning a jam-packed month of salty activities.

There will be lots happening on our social media, so don’t forget to follow us @ScotSAGES on Twitter. Why not share your ocean activities during the month with #SeaTember: we’d love to see how you are celebrating our seas.

All events below are suitable for different ages, and some require free booking. Please look at event descriptions for more information.

Calendar of events

Sunday 5th September

Holding the Ocean: call for participants

Renowned artist Eve Mosher is producing a creative piece around oceans and climate change as part of the Ocean ARTic project. Eve will be inviting communities to participate in her exciting creation by providing a voice to those fighting against and affected by climate change. Head over to to find out more.

6th – 12th September

Isle Martin Seaweed Festival

Scotland’s first seaweed festival is being held on Isle Martin! From September 6th – 12th 2021, Isle Martin Seaweed Festival is celebrating all that is special about seaweed from this amazing part of the world. The festival includes live demonstrations, talks and walks. Find out more here:

Monday 13th September

Film: The Top of the World

We can’t wait to introduce you to our short film about the importance of the Arctic, released today. Watch this space!

Wednesday 15th September, 19:00-20:00

Talk and discussion: “Voices from the Sea – What Does a ‘marine’ Just Transition look like?”

Tavis Potts, Director for the Centre for Energy Transitions, University of Aberdeen

Tavis will give a high-energy, exciting talk on future energy transitions for Scotland. Join us for the discussion and to ask your burning questions!
Suitable for 12+, all welcome to participate. Sign up below.

Friday 17th September

Take Part: Great British Beach Clean

Join Marine Conservation Society in cleaning up the beaches across the country, and participating in the nationwide litter citizen science project! On until 26th September, visit for more details.

Tuesday 21st September

Climate change, our oceans and kelp (online)

Join Macduff Marine Aquarium for a chat about how climate change is affecting our Oceans and how kelp can help to mitigate its effects. This will be a live interactive session where you can ask your questions via the comments and we will respond in real time. Sign up here:

Wednesday 22nd September, 19:00-20:00

Talk and discussion: “What has the sea ever done for you?”

Katie Gilham, Head of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and Use, NatureScot.

Join us for a fun and engaging talk by Katie on the importance of the oceans in the fight against climate change. How can we work with nature?
Suitable for 12+, all welcome to participate.Sign up below.

25th – 26th September

Event: Meet the Scientist

An opportunity to meet some of our top scientists, and find out about a day in the life of a researcher! Learn more about the importance of Arctic ice, discover how scientists study the ocean depths. As part of Explorathon at

27th September

Workshop: Holding the Ocean

Artist Eve Mosher will lead a creative workshop as part of the launch of her new project, Holding the Ocean (part of Ocean ARTic). All are welcome to explore the interaction between communities and the coastline through art and conversation: please visit to find out more and sign up.

Wednesday 29th September, 19:00-20:00

Talk and discussion: “Understanding our shifting coastline”

Martin Hurst, Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Glasgow

A fantastic opportunity to learn more about research and projects happening across Scotland to adapt and build resilience to climate change. Take part in the discussion and lively talk with Martin.
Suitable for 12+, all welcome to participate. Sign up below.

29th September – 1st October

Glasgow Science Centre Curious About Our Planet online festival

Lots of ocean themed activities at GSC’s flagship online event this autumn! Kirsty Crawford from the Marine Conservation Society will be presenting on “Protecting Scotland’s Seas” from 9:15 on 29th September, and panelists from across MASTS and beyond will be hosting a panel discussion on ocean science on 30th September from 19:00. Sign up to both and much more here:

Hub page

Thursday 30th September

Film: The Final Ocean

The SeaTember finale: the launch of our final ocean film! Watch here or on our social media for our short introduction to the wilds of Antarctica, and the importance of this hidden ocean.

© 2023 | Proudly crafted by Academic Digital