The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) is a series of one-day, non-profit making events that provides opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge, techniques and developments across an extensive range of marine scientific measurement activities. Attendees typically include scientists, surveyors, engineers and business people from a variety of organisations including research centres, academia, manufacturers, survey companies, consultants, monitoring authorities, dredging companies, port authorities, oil companies, societies, etc. Each MMF is normally hosted within southern England with occasional excursions to other parts of the UK.
Format: The event covers a single day and is organised such that the average attendee can travel to and from the venue on the same day. Frequency is targeted at 6 monthly intervals.
Steering Group: An ad hoc Steering Group comprising four long term and regular MMF attendees, representing Research, Manufacturing, Media and Distribution within the marine science market place, is charged with guiding the fortunes of the MMF series.
Attendees: As noted above, all who have an interest in the subject matter (specifically or generally) are welcome to attend.
Host Organiser: A volunteer host is appointed for each MMF. This host will be responsible for compiling the programme for the day, advertising it to the MMF membership and promoting it to the appropriate market places. Support will be provided by the Steering Group. Hosts are appointed either by the Steering Group or via recommendation from each present host. A future “host list” is maintained by the MMF Steering Group.
Presentations: A number of 15-20 minute presentations will normally form the bulk of the day’s proceedings. As noted above, it is the host’s responsibility to invite, select and schedule the speakers with the target being to provide a programme offering a balance between scientific research, instrumentation, survey projects, etc. It is preferred that overtly sales based presentations are avoided. The success of the MMF series is founded on the varied range of presentations and that, in turn, is a reflection of the volunteer speakers. The host will monitor the market place for new developments, projects etc to encourage speakers with novel tales to tell. Traditionally the final programme is announced at least 2 weeks before the event date.
Venue: The choice of venue lies with the host but is normally selected to be easily accessible to the majority of the attendees. A typical venue will be capable of accommodating between 50 – 100 attendees, will provide ample parking spaces, will offer all normal audio/visual presentation facilities and be capable of providing refreshments, inc lunch.
Cost: The MMF is a non-profit making series. The target attendee price is £40-50 which normally includes the provision of light refreshments. Bookings are only confirmed against full payment to the host.
Web site: The MMF site (www.mmf-uk.org) hosts general and specific information regarding the MMF series. It also provides a link to the web site of the next MMF host.
Announcements: Email is the core medium for circulating information about the MMF. An MMF mailing list is maintained and used to distribute information regarding each event. Additions to the list can be made via the website. Regular MMF information is also distributed via International Ocean Systems journal and the electronic newsletter.