It was an honour and pleasure to have presided the MARS community for the last 4 years. In these years we have seen drastic changes in the landscape of marine stations. The existence of some stations was threatened and funding has been structured towards strategic applied sciences and large scale infrastructures. The role of, especially smaller, marine stations with their often curiosity driven research, is under pressure. The need for a stronger central representation of marine stations through MARS is more needed and evident than ever before.
The set-up for new approaches, an overarching programme and a business plan within MARS has now been recently agreed upon in order to reinforce the position of marine stations. We are now going full steam ahead with the implementation of this new approach. This will be a major task for the new President to lead. It is with confidence that I hand over this task to Matt Frost, deputy director of the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. I wish the whole MARS community a new period of prosperity, with ample funding possibilities to carry out marine science.
Best regards, Herman Hummel (Past-President)