A vision for the future of Southampton Oceanography Centre (SOC) is revealed today by the Director designate, Professor Edward Hill.
Professor Hill’s vision is for the Centre to be recognised internationally as the focus for oceanography in the UK. It will be renamed the ‘National Oceanography Centre, Southampton’ from 1 May 2005, when Professor Hill takes up his appointment, heralding the start of a new era for oceanographic and earth science research and education in this country.
The vision is embraced by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the University of Southampton. The Centre will continue to be a joint initiative between the two partners. The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton will build on the achievements and science investments already made at SOC. It will better equip the UK’s marine science community to rise to the challenges of the 21st Century, and will ensure that the UK is able to maintain its position in the international ‘premier league’ of oceanography. It will have a clear remit to enable and serve a wide national community by providing, in an inclusive way, strategic focus, facilitation and coordination for UK marine and earth sciences.
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