“scary, grey, grim and gloomy” UK seas versus BBC Blue Planet

2:00PM – 2:45PM

Thursday 26th November 2020

’50 shades of grey’ is how most UK audiences view their own seas after watching the BBC’s Blue Planet 2. In this specially curated discussion, Incredible Oceans has lined up Devi Singh, Russell Arnott and Annette Coppin to look at the role values, language, art, humour,science and performance can play in combating perceptions and winning hearts and minds.

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Devi Singh

Devi studied fine art at Chichester, was the founder and owner of a south-London gallery and arts centre, and is a printmaker and musician. She curates exhibitions for art galleries and has co-ordinated musicians and performers for festivals and concerts.


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Ian Rowlands

Ian is director and co-creator of arts and environment festivals, including the world’s largest whale festival. A former journalist and wilderness guide, he creates video and podcasts, whilst also leading not-for-profit ocean communication org Incredible Oceans.


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Amy Pryor

Amy Pryor is a marine and estuarine scientist with over 20 years of experience in marine and coastal management. Amy started her career through studying marine biology at Newcastle University and then took a job fresh out of university monitoring deep sea fisheries in the North East Atlantic and South Atlantic Ocean for MRAG Ltd as a live aboard scientist. After seven years on the high seas, she came back to dry land and became the Programme Coordinator for the Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programme Department at the Zoological Society of London coordinating their global suite of projects. Amy went on to work for the Balanced Seas Marine Conservation Zone Project in the South East of England working with commercial and recreational fishermen to recommend Marine Protected Areas. She then moved on to work for the Thames Estuary Partnership, starting as a Project Officer. During this time she completed a Masters in Aquatic Science at UCL to understand how to work across rivers, estuaries and coasts for the benefit of marine environments. She is now the Technical Director at TEP, London’s Coastal Partnership covering the tidal Thames. She is responsible for developing, managing and raising funds for a robust programme of projects and research across the main themes effecting the river today including data, environment, education, skills and training, research and innovation. She also Chairs the national Coastal Partnerships Network, which exists to facilitate knowledge exchange and sharing best practice across 87 similar organisations and provides a national voice for coastal issues. Amy is a lifelong ocean lover, a founding member of the Marine CoLABoration seeking to embed a values based approach to messaging on ocean health and is striving to enhance the health of the ocean including the Thames, London’s ‘local ocean’.


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Annette Coppin

Marine biologist, performer, artist and creator of costumes and characters, Annette’s clients include multiple international festivals. At Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala and Wilderness she has been a performer with Lucid Lover and The Salon Collective.


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Russell Arnott

An oceanographer and science communication specialist, Russell presents at major science festivals and his TV appearances include Sky News Live and Deep Ocean Live, HatTrick Productions’ Stunt Science TV Series, Channel 5’s ‘Saturday Show Live’.


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