Sequence of Events

Monday, 8 April

Monday afternoon will comprise an afternoon field visit to the Loughor Estuary and saltmarshes, followed by a visit to the Gower Peninsula. Participants will break for supper at a local pub, before being escorted back to Swansea University. While transport is included, the evening meal is not included in the fieldtrip cost.

Tuesday, 9 April

Oral and poster presentations covering the broad themes of estuarine and coastal ecology, geomorphology, biogechemistry and hydrology. The day culminates in a workshop and evening meal on campus served with local ales.

The aim of the workshop will be to bring together scientists from all disciplines to consider research progress over the last forty years, to examine new approaches and to identify the major unknowns in our understanding of small estuaries and coastal waters. The workshop output will highlight current successful approaches to research, emerging challenges in the field of coastal science, while also offering a way forward for science.

Wednesday, 10 April

Oral and poster presentations covering the broad themes of estuarine and coastal ecology, geomorphology, biogechemistry and hydrology. The research portion of the conference ends with a 3 course meal at Morgans in Swansea.

Thursday, 11 April

The final symposium day is a 'Practitioners Day', where we invite contributions from private and public sector representatives and from academics with a keen interest in the management of small estuaries. In 1976 it was said that “the Burry Inlet, in particular, has a history of thoughtless interference, intended only to favour one user but in the event conflicting with the needs of others”. During the symposium we will find out how much has changed since then. 

This day will be free to attend. We especially encourage practitioners and consultants located in the convergence zone of Wales to attend. Please contact Dr. Suzanne Grenfell or Dr. Ruth Callaway if you require further information or would like to register for the event. More information to follow.

Symposium Schedule