The aim of the Premiam conference is to provide a forum for scientists, regulators, environmental advisors and other professionals working in the field of marine oil/chemical spill monitoring and impact assessment to share experience, best practice and knowledge with the wider marine emergency response community. This conference comes at an opportune time for the emergency response and marine monitoring communities to reflect on progress so far and to establish the key areas that need attention to drive innovation and efficiency for the coming decade and beyond.

Conference programme

This year’s theme is ‘Premiam – Looking Back and Moving Forward‘. An exciting programme of expert speakers, discussion and networking opportunity will be delivered over three sessions, ‘From Science to Decision Making’, ‘Case Studies’ and ‘Future Premiam’, by speakers across government, industry and academia. Please see the full programme provided below.

9:00 – 9:40 Registration and refreshments

9:40 – 9:50 Welcome to the conference
Sonia Phippard, Director General for Environment, Rural and Marine, Defra

Session 1: From Science to Decision-making
Chairperson: Mark Kirby, Science Services Director, Cefas

09:55 – 10:05 Premiam and the Post-Spill Monitoring Guidelines
Mark Kirby, Science Services Director, Cefas

10:05 – 10:35 Keynote: Seasons in the Field: Some Reflections on a Career of Studying the Consequences of Catastrophe
Gary Shigenaka, Marine Biologist, NOAA, USA

10:35 – 10:55 Incident Response in Scotland – Managing the Response with Scientific Support
Daniel Pendrey, Acting Chair of Scotland’s Environment Group, Marine Scotland

10:55 – 11:15 Post-Spill Impact Assessment in France: Preparedness Status and Perspectives

Ivan Calvez, Biological Oceanographer, CEDRE, France

11:15 – 11:35 Scientific Data Sharing and Availability – How it is essential in Environmental Monitoring Responses
Suzanne Ware, PMCC Chair (England), Cefas

11:35 – 11:55 Rapid Response and Long-Term Monitoring for Marine Birds – The Role of Science
Julie Black, Marine Ornithologist, JNCC

11:55 -12:40 First break: food and refreshments

Session 2: Case Studies
Chairperson: Rob Holland, Technical Lead, OSRL

12:40 – 13:10 Keynote: The Legacy of Spills: Remembering and Forgetting Environmental Impact 
Tim Cooper, Social Historian, Exeter University

13:10 – 13:30 50 years of Case Studies – What we have learnt about Environmental Impact
Nicky Cariglia, Senior Technical Advisor, ITOPF

13:30 – 13:50 National Response Exercises – Environment Groups – Learning from Response and Exercise
Stuart Hankey, Emergency Planning Officer, Environment Agency

13:50 – 14:10 The Importance of Time Series to understand Long-Term Impacts
Rebecca Kinnear, Executive Officer, SOTEAG & Jon Moore, Director, CALM

14:10 – 14:50 Second Refreshment break

Session 3: Future Premiam
Chairperson: Richard Johnson, Technical Director, ITOPF

14:50 – 15:10 Recent Development and Future Challenges for the Compensation Regime
Kensuke Kobayashi, Legal Counsel, IOPC Funds

15:10 – 15:30 An Integrated Approach to Post-Spill Monitoring – Space to Seabed
David Hamersley, Remote Sensing Lead, CGG & Peter Collinson, Global Environmental Response Expert, BP

15:30 – 15:50 Molecular Microbial Tools for Future Oil Spill Monitoring

Terry McGenity & Boyd McKew, Environmental Microbiologists, University of Essex

15:50 – 16:10 Connecting Environmental Studies to NEBA/SIMA: Appropriate use of Science and Data
Alun Lewis, Oil Spill Consultant

16:10 – 16:30 Plenary discussion and summary

16:30 Close of conference

We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a great event which will help to promote the Premiam principles of best practice in post-spill monitoring and provide an excellent forum for constructive debate.

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