Oban Challenger Society Conference 2024

The UK’s most prestigious gathering of marine scientists, the Challenger Society Conference, will be coming to Oban 2-6 September 2024.

Challenger 2024 @ Scottish Association for Marine Science

Abstract Submission is now closed! Join us at the biennial Challenger Society Conference in Oban. This year the event will be hosted by SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science. We hope to be joined by around 300 scientists from around the UK and further afield. Tickets are now on sale.

2nd September

Ice Breaker Event

6th September

Conference Dinner and Cèilidh


why join us One of the UK's largest Marine Science Conferences

Cutting edge marine science from the UK and beyond.

Keynote Speakers

An exciting line-up of inspiring Keynote speakers have been announced.


Oban is the perfect coastal location for Challenger 2024. It also has great train and bus links.


Meet like-minded marine scientists from around the UK and discover the latest in cutting edge science.

topics Science Schedule

Call for abstracts is now closed. The detailed Science schedule will be published shortly. Please see the session outline below.

Coastal and shore

Open ocean

High latitude ocean

Deep sea

Shelf seas

Global ocean

Low latitude ocean

Tech/method development

tickets Registration

Registration is now open. Register and purchase your tickets here.

Non Member

Price includes 2 years Challenger Society membership

£ 335


Discounted price for Challenger Society members

£ 235


Discounted price for student Challenger Society Members

£ 190

Perfect Location

Challenger 2024 will be held at Oban's Corran Halls. With a large main hall and smaller spaces for breakout sessions and meetings, it's the perfect base for the conference.

Corran Halls Oban


Oban, situated on the west coast of Scotland, is a picturesque coastal town known for its stunning landscapes and historic charm. Renowned as the "Gateway to the Isles," Oban offers breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and is celebrated for its seafood and whisky.

just announced Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce the following speakers will be delivering keynotes at Challenger 2024.

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

Gillen D'Arcy Wood

University of Illinois

Prof. Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

NOC Southampton

Yueng-Djern Lenn

Bangor University

Dr Katy Hill

Katy Hill

NOC Southampton

Be Quick! Accommodation

From hostels to hotels, Oban has a wide range of accomodation to suit all budgets. Accommodation books up very quickly so we recommend securing a room as early as possible. For those on a budget we are offering space to camp/park a motorhome on the SAMS campus. For more details please contact: challenger2024@sams.ac.uk

sponsors Conference Partners

If you wish to sponsor the conference, display cutting-edge technology, present data solutions, or advertise career opportunities, please get in touch with commercial exhibition organiser Terry Sloane.

Terry will be happy to discuss any requirements that you may have.

email: terry@planet-ocean.co.uk

or phone 01276 427 971

Key Sponsor


Mini Expo 2024

Meet a whole host of companies working in the marine sector and find out more about their products, services, solutions and careers. Broaden your networks and find the solutions you need. Exhibitors so far include: