Scottish Association for Marine Science

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is one of Europe’s leading marine science research organisations and one of the oldest oceanographic organisations in the world. Sited beside Dunstaffnage Castle, in Argyll, Scotland, the institute carries out advanced research in the marine environment, including polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic.

SAMS is a centre for marine research in the fields of marine processes and climate change, renewable energy, the Arctic, marine prosperity and sustainability, and mining impacts. SAMS hosts the National Facility for Scientific Diving and the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa.