MARBLES partner the University of Aberdeen (UNIABDN) has had five transformational projects shortlisted in an internationally recognised Green Gown Awards scheme celebrating sustainability excellence. The Green Gown Awards, held in association with UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), recognises the exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges around the world. UNIABDN has been shortlisted across two categories in the UK & Ireland awards, ‘Research with Impact’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Employees'. The ‘Sharing the benefits of the Ocean’ initiative, is one of the projects in in the ‘Research with Impact’ category which recognises the importance and societal impact of research and development as a driver of sustainable development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The ‘Sharing the benefits of the Ocean’ initiative has seen MARBLES colleagues Professor Marcel Jaspars in Chemistry and Professor Abbe Brown in Law are working to stimulate progress on international efforts to negotiate a new legally binding instrument under the UN’s Convention on Laws of the Sea. It seeks to regulate marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBJN) and realise the benefits which can be obtained from the oceans in developing new medicines and other products.
The winners of the Green Gown Awards will be announced at the award ceremony at Loughborough University in the UK on 8 November 2022. MARBLES researchers are attending the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Conference 15-26 August in New York, US.