The IMarEST Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are voluntary groups which operate to the benefit of a specialist field, spanning the interests of marine engineering, science and technology, by bringing together experts from the marine sector. SIGs are governed by a committee of members but all SIGs are open for all members to participate as corresponding members.
They provide a platform for knowledge-sharing, outreach, and advisory information for the wider industry and in some cases - influencing legislation and policy. The work of the IMarEST’s SIGs is highly diverse, spanning across the three domains of the institute – often incorporating aspects of multiple disciplines.
All the SIGs welcome new members, wherever you are in the world. However, you must be an IMarEST member to join. As an IMarEST member, you can participate in a range of technical activities at both an international and intergovernmental level. The IMarEST holds an extremely privileged position of having formal recognition across a range of intergovernmental organisations at a level unrivalled by similar organisations of its kind.
By joining a SIG, you can develop your knowledge through meeting and attending events with industry experts, as well as make your contribution to the development of a sustainable marine sector and blue economy – all of which counts towards your Continuing Professional Development.
You can join a SIG as a corresponding member by signing up through your IMarEST web account to follow SIG developments and hear the latest industry news. You can also engage with the SIG, other corresponding members and discuss specialist topics in the member only networking portal ‘IMarEST Nexus’. If you are interested in becoming more directly involved with a SIG you can apply to the committee – for more information contact .
The IMarEST welcomes the establishment of new special interest groups across the entire breadth of the marine engineering, science and technology domain. Whether you are a non-member or a current member, if you are interested in establishing a new SIG – please get in touch with our technical team to enquire:
While the IMarEST SIGs span the full marine engineering, science and technology spectrum, we will be running a series of ‘in focus’ campaigns to showcase the work of our SIGs linked within a broader sector.
Below is a preview of our Marine Science SIGs, outlining the topics they are tackling at the forefront of scientific issues alongside some of their recent technical outputs.
Ballast Water Management
Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to global biodiversity and ships’ ballast water is a significant pathway for their transportation to new waters around the world. The Ballast Water Management SIG works towards reducing the industry’s spread of alien species by addressing the priority engineering, science and technology concerns, informing policy at an intergovernmental level and acting as a forum to disseminate information within the marine sector.
Read the full article by downloading the Ballast Water Management SIG profile from the list below.
Ocean observations underpin the long-term sustained measurements and analyses that keep us informed on the health of the oceans. The IMarEST Operational Oceanography SIG promotes the exchange of expert knowledge between sectors and undertakes academic outreach and early career development to help train the next generation of oceanographers.
Read the full article by downloading the Operational Oceanography SIG profile from the list below.
Offshore renewables will play a huge part in reaching the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. The Offshore Renewables SIG addresses issues concerning the development of the sector including promoting engagement in national and international offshore initiatives, academic outreach and professional development for the next generation of offshore renewable experts.
Read the full article by downloading the Offshore Renewables SIG profile from the list below.
Governance lies at the heart of conservation and sustainable use of the ocean’s resources. From geopolitics and ocean pollution to seabed resource extraction, ocean governance is becoming ever more complex. The Ocean Governance SIG evaluates areas where legislation is fit for purpose and where there is scope for improvement – offering impartial and technically-informed advice to drive change and engagement between regulators, policy makers, academics and regulatory scientists.
Read the full article by downloading the Ocean Governance SIG profile from the list below.
Biofouling can be highly environmentally damaging and costly – not only as a means for the transportation of invasive species but also by drastically raising a ship’s fuel demand and increasing its emissions.. The Biofouling Management SIG acts as a knowledge-sharing forum, identifying gaps in understanding and policy. It aims to ensure shipping and other maritime industries can continue to operate to their full capacity, with minimal environmental impact.
Read the full article by downloading the Biofouling Management SIG profile from the list below.