NORA-2019 Meeting

Scottish oyster on the low shore, Photo George Stoyle

2nd NORA Conference May 21st – 23rd 2019

Unlocking the Blue-print for Native Oyster Restoration in Europe

NORA-2019 is the international meeting of The Native Oyster Restoration Alliance NORA, Europe’s network that aims to reinforce and restore the native flat oyster (Ostrea edulis). This second international network meeting will be in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh: a city that was, in the 19th century, a hub for the annual export of up to 30 million oysters. We strongly encourage all those who are part of the Native Oyster community, from scientists and funders through to those who are growers of this iconic species to attend this conference.

This year’s meeting is hosted by The Glenmorangie Company together with its DEEP partners Heriot-Watt University and The Marine Conservation Society and will be held at the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh in the heart of the city.

Conference venue: 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh,
22-26 George Street,
Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ,
Scotland, UK

Programme themes:

  • European oyster restoration ‘on-the-ground’ – what works, what doesn’t and why
  • What does success look like? – objectives, monitoring populations/ biodiversity
  • Biosecurity and management of invasive species and disease
  • Production challenges and supply-chain capacity
  • Poster session and exhibitors
  • Parallel sessions:
    • Ecosystem function – unlocking the business model for restoration
    • Future proofing – challenges and solutions
    • Industry session – Developing the business supply and value chain to support restoration

The detailed programme for download:
(PDF coming soon…)


We would appreciate if you submit an abstract to share your work with the conference participants – an audience which faces the challenges of growing the Native Oyster and restoring its former habitats!  

Abstract submission is now open!

The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2019. You will receive a notification as to whether your abstract submission has been accepted by 22 March 2019.

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For further information and abstract submission, contact:

There will be an opportunity to publish conference papers through a Special Issue of the journal Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.  Scientific results as well as social, political, legislative, logistical and conservation challenges and solutions will be considered.  Broader, Viewpoint articles are also an option.  It is anticipated that manuscripts will be submitted for peer review by the end of June. Final instructions on the process will be provided at the meeting.

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There will be no registration fees because The Glenmorangie Company are sponsors of this conference, The Venue, Excursions, the Get-together Reception and Conference Buffet are by courtesy of The Glenmorangie Company.

Due to logistic limitations the conference is limited to a maximum of 120 participants. We will proceed at a “first come, first served” basis.

After your registration has been processed, we will inform you if your registration was successful.

Participants have to cover their own costs for travel, accommodation and food (outwith that supplied as part of the conference).