If you are keen to keep in touch with what’s happening in the world of ‘marine measurements’, wish to network with those shaping the future and want to hear about the latest projects and technologies, you should be an attendee at the Marine Measurement Forum.
The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) is a series of one-day, non-profit making events that provide excellent opportunities for networking and the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge, techniques and developments across an extensive range of marine scientific measurement activities. During an MMF ‘day’ a series of short presentations on diverse marine measurement topics are interspersed with refreshment breaks that offer delegates the chance to network with like-minded colleagues. 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: An MMF covers a single day although it may well be accompanied by some form of social event the evening before. Ideally the average attendee will be able to 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 regular MMF attendees with considerable experience within the Marine Measurement sector, is charged with guiding the fortunes of the MMF series.
Attendees: 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, supported whenever required by the Steering Group, will be responsible for compiling the programme for the day, advertising it to the MMF membership and promoting it to the appropriate market places. Hosts are appointed by the Steering Group. Detailed ‘Guidelines for MMF Hosts’ are provided by the Steering Group. If you wish to discuss hosting an MMF, please send an email to the Steering Group.
Presentations: A number (typically 12-15) 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. Some hosts like to ‘theme’ either the whole event or individual sessions. Traditionally, the final programme is announced at least 2 weeks before the event date. A report on the day’s proceedings will subsequently be incorporated within this website and distributed via our normal media outlets.
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, offer ample parking, incorporate 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. The attendee charge is set by the Host who is responsible for all financial transactions relating to the event.
Web site: This MMF site (www.mmf-uk.org) hosts general and specific information regarding the MMF series. When known it will also provide a link to the web site of the next MMF host.
Announcements: Email is the core medium for circulating information about the MMF and a 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 newsletters OceanBuzz, Challenger Wave and the e-Bulletin issued by the Hydrographic Society UK.