Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

A vision to establish the UK as a global leader in oceanography

17.12.2004


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.


Professor John Lawton, Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, said, “I fully support this change of name, which is more than simply cosmetic. The original intention of NERC’s governing Council in the early 1990s was to establish SOC as a national centre in oceanographic science. We should have named it at the outset to reflect this.” The shared vision will establish the Centre as a national hub for oceanographic science, complementing the vibrant, diverse research of other UK marine centres. It will strengthen and maximise the potential and impact of the whole UK science community by providing a strong central focus for all the players and by working in partnership with them.

Professor Bill Wakeham, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, said,
“This is a natural progression for the existing Southampton Oceanography Centre. I’m certain that by introducing this central point of excellence, the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton will become a natural choice in the fields of oceanography and earth systems science for students and researchers from all over the world.”

Professor Hill said, “ We must build on our existing world-class services and facilities to establish the UK as global leaders in this field. We need to ensure that the Centre continues to be among the top oceanographic institutions in the world. But we cannot realise this vision by working alone, so we invite the entire science community to join us in turning the vision into a reality.”

Marion O’Sullivan | alfa
Further information:
http://www.nerc.ac.uk

More articles from Earth Sciences:

nachricht Scientists turn carbon emissions into usable energy
21.01.2019 | Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

nachricht Ten-year anniversary of the Neumayer Station III
18.01.2019 | Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung

All articles from Earth Sciences >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Ten-year anniversary of the Neumayer Station III

The scientific and political community alike stress the importance of German Antarctic research

Joint Press Release from the BMBF and AWI

The Antarctic is a frigid continent south of the Antarctic Circle, where researchers are the only inhabitants. Despite the hostile conditions, here the Alfred...

Im Focus: Ultra ultrasound to transform new tech

World first experiments on sensor that may revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles

The new sensor - capable of detecting vibrations of living cells - may revolutionise everything from medical devices to unmanned vehicles.

Im Focus: Flying Optical Cats for Quantum Communication

Dead and alive at the same time? Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have implemented Erwin Schrödinger’s paradoxical gedanken experiment employing an entangled atom-light state.

In 1935 Erwin Schrödinger formulated a thought experiment designed to capture the paradoxical nature of quantum physics. The crucial element of this gedanken...

Im Focus: Nanocellulose for novel implants: Ears from the 3D-printer

Cellulose obtained from wood has amazing material properties. Empa researchers are now equipping the biodegradable material with additional functionalities to produce implants for cartilage diseases using 3D printing.

It all starts with an ear. Empa researcher Michael Hausmann removes the object shaped like a human ear from the 3D printer and explains:

Im Focus: Elucidating the Atomic Mechanism of Superlubricity

The phenomenon of so-called superlubricity is known, but so far the explanation at the atomic level has been missing: for example, how does extremely low friction occur in bearings? Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes IWM and IWS jointly deciphered a universal mechanism of superlubricity for certain diamond-like carbon layers in combination with organic lubricants. Based on this knowledge, it is now possible to formulate design rules for supra lubricating layer-lubricant combinations. The results are presented in an article in Nature Communications, volume 10.

One of the most important prerequisites for sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility is minimizing friction. Research and industry have been dedicated...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Our digital society in 2040

16.01.2019 | Event News

11th International Symposium: “Advanced Battery Power – Kraftwerk Batterie” Aachen, 3-4 April 2019

14.01.2019 | Event News

ICTM Conference 2019: Digitization emerges as an engineering trend for turbomachinery construction

12.12.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Scientists discover new 'architecture' in corn

21.01.2019 | Life Sciences

Broadband achromatic metalens focuses light regardless of polarization

21.01.2019 | Physics and Astronomy

Nuclear actin filaments determine T helper cell function

21.01.2019 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>