Call for speakers, posters, artwork and video

“Back to the Coast?”

The Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Annual Conference will once again be a virtual conference.

2nd April 2022

Last year was a successful event, and through useful feedback from last year, will hopefully improve the on-line experience.

Presentations will be 15 minutes, with time for questions.

An excellent opportunity for posters, artwork, video work, in a poster space is available.  These are a brilliant stepping-stone to an article in the Porcupine bulletin.

The virtual platform caters for chat rooms, poster multi-media areas and breakouts, a wonderful way to show your poster, artwork or videos.

You can even stand by your display to discuss the content with virtual visitors.

To offer a presentation or poster/video etc please contact us: conference@pmnhs.co.uk

Find out more about the conference here.

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PMNHS Summer Field Meeting 2022

Lundy Island – Thursday 14th to Tuesday 19th July

Join us for an opportunity of a lifetime as for the first time ever we sail the seven seas (Celtic Sea) from the North Devon mainland to the first marine reserve established in the UK, Lundy Island! Not only is this a great chance to explore the island, intertidally and subtidally, but we will also be participating in the Lundy Marine Festival 2022. Find out more:

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Opportunity – Honorary Chairperson


Reports to: PMNHS Council members
Remuneration: This is an unpaid, voluntary position
Hours: Depending on time of year, around 2 days per month for quarterly Council meetings, assistance with Bulletin, conference organisation and fieldtrip planning. 

No minimum or maximum term commitment, re-elections annually. 

Porcupine is looking for an enthusiastic and driven person to support the Council in developing the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society’s objectives. This is a key opportunity to lead a progressive and ambitious Society, working with a dynamic and enthusiastic Council, and to play an important role in the future of the society.  The role requires someone who is a strategic thinker and proactive leader with a passion for our seas and marine life.

This is an opportunity for the right person to:

  • Develop and practice leadership and management skills
  • Network across the UK with experts in all areas of marine natural history
  • Enhance communication skills across disciplines

You will need:

  • Energy
  • Commitment
  • Knowledge of and an interest in marine natural history
  • Good organisational and communication skills

You don’t need:

  • Any specific expertise in marine biology
  • Previous experience of being Chair – however experience of committees will be beneficial

How to apply:

If you are interested in the role, please contact Natalie Hirst, the current Chairperson to discuss further.  A more detailed description of what the role entails can be found on the website here:  http://pmnhs.co.uk/honorary-chairperson-duties

Elections will take place at the Society’s AGM held as part of the Spring conference in April 2022.

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Apply for the Roger Bamber Research Grant – £1000 available!

Apply for the Roger Bamber Research Grant – £1000 available!

Applications are now open for the Roger Bamber Research Grant for fieldwork and standalone projects in 2022.  As for last year, the grant will now be for projects of up to £1,000.

Roger Bamber (left) along with other Porcupines, in their natural habitat.

Further information can be found here. The deadline for applications is January 31st 2022.

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Opportunity – Assistant Editor for the Porcupine Bulletin

Porcupine is looking for an energetic and creative person to take on a new role as Assistant Editor.   Curious?  Then read on!

The purpose of this role is to support the Hon Ed and editorial team in all aspects of producing the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Bulletin.

This is an opportunity for someone to:

  • Develop and practice a multitude of editorial skills
  • Network across the UK with experts in all areas of marine natural history.
  • Be creative in making the Bulletin even more interesting, refreshing and inspiring
  • Put their own “stamp” on how the Bulletin evolves in the 20s
  • Enhance their own leadership and communication skills which are transferable to any workplace.

What you will need to apply:

  • Energy
  • Commitment
  • An interest in marine natural history
  • A sense of creativity
  • A “organised” streak!
  • And a sense of fun

What you don’t need:

  • Good writing skills – you have a team who can help with proof reading, writing and desk top publishing.
  • To be an “expert” in any marine biology
  • Experience in anything related to editing.

What’s in it for you?

  • A chance to learn and practice skills you may not already have
  • Meet and work with some amazing people
  • Learn more and more about the marine natural history of the UK in unexpected and exciting ways.
  • An opportunity to develop both “big picture” and “attention to detail skills” with support from the whole Porcupine Council.

If you would like to know more please email viks@sun-fish.co.uk

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