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The Festival of the Sea is sponsored by the following organisations:

SG leaderThe Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Scottish Government supports the Festival of the Sea through a Science Engagement Grant and science festival funding.

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The Scottish Association for Marine Science is based at the Scottish Marine Institute near Oban and has been developing the ideas for the Festival of the Sea. SAMS staff also organise the event. SAMS further supports the event through funding staff time of its scientists, event advertising and by contributing free events.

SAMS delivers world-class marine science that supports society with innovative solutions to developing a sustainable relationship with the marine environment through research, education, services to business and public engagement initiatives. For more information, or to join SAMS, please visit




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Literature events are jointly funded by SAMS and the Live Literature Fund, which is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland and managed by Scottish Book Trust.



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