Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)

MASTS was launched on 4th November 2009 in Edinburgh following the award of seven years funding by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

This pooling of marine research talent has a constituency of some 700 researchers with the management of resources consisting of over £66 million annually.

The SFC support for MASTS lasts until 2016, however, MASTS has the ambition to become an integral and important part of the national framework of excellence in marine science in Scotland and is working to become self-supporting as an independent entity beyond the SFC funding period.

MASTS will promote the following primary goals:

To enhance scientific excellence in marine research through communication, collaboration and co-ordination within the Scottish marine research community
To support a healthier environment as a result of better informed policies to manage human activity based on the best available scientific knowledge (BASK)
To enhance Scotland as a world player in marine science through the delivery of scientific excellence in the field of marine science
To raise public awareness of the value and heritage of Scotland's marine environment
To promote wealth creation and environmental protection facilitated by sound science supporting industries such as renewable energy, marine fisheries and aquaculture
To help establish an economy able to plan for the effects of climate change
To provide experience and training to the next generation of marine researchers and opinion makers through the MASTS graduate school and related bespoke events

In the process of working towards these goals, MASTS will deliver:

A culture of research innovation and cooperation across the marine science community and government in Scotland
The critical mass necessary to ensure that Scotland's marine science is able to compete at an international level
A novel training ground for marine scientists and policy makers of the future
Higher quality integrated marine science, with improved communication and coordination
A marine science community that is well resourced and run, and that will attract researchers of international standing

The MASTS Resource Map

MASTS Partner Institutes shown on this database include:

University of St Andrews
University of Glasgow
University of Dundee
University of Stirling
Heriot Watt University
University of Strathclyde
Scottish Association for Marine Science
University of Aberdeen
University of Edinburgh

Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Professor David Paterson, Executive Director
MASTS, C/o Scottish Oceans Institute, East Sands, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 8LB
Switchboard Number: 
01334 467 200