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Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) - Scotland

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The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is a Scottish charity (est. 1884) committed to promoting, delivering and supporting high-quality independent research and education in marine science. SAMS is a Collaborative Centre of the Natural Environment Research Council, and hosts the National Facility for Scientific Diving and the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa. It is further an academic partner in UHI Millennium Institute under whose auspices SAMS delivers the BSc (Hons) Marine Science, and trains ca 25 PhD students.

As the owner and operator of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory SAMS is an internationally renowned marine research establishment. Research activities at SAMS encompass the entire breadth of marine science. SAMS focuses much of its research activities on multidisciplinary research questions from Scottish coastal waters to the Arctic Ocean. The core science programme investigates past and present changes in Northern Seas.

SAMS operates SAMS Research Services Ltd, which delivers SAMS' commercial activities including the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology and SEAS@SAMS.