The NOC is the UK’s leading institution for integrated coastal and deep-ocean research. With two sites, in Southampton and Liverpool, NOC undertakes and facilitates world-class agenda-setting scientific research to understand the global ocean by solving challenging multidisciplinary, large scale, long-term marine science problems to underpin international and UK public policy, business, and wider society outcomes. NOC is a truly multi-disciplined centre; research encompasses Marine Geoscience, Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, Marine Systems Modelling, Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems, and Ocean Technology and Engineering. NOC manages two state of the art research ships and is home to the British Oceanographic Data Centre, the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility, the National Marine Equipment Pool, and Europe’s largest fleet of autonomous and robotic vehicles
Established in 1884, the MBA is one of the world’s longest running societies dedicated to conducting and promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Many eminent scientists including 7 Nobel Prize winners and 170 Fellows of the Royal Society have carried out their research at this iconic Plymouth-based laboratory. MBA’s philosophy is that curiosity-driven research is a starting point for developing solutions to global challenges that ensure a sustainable ocean. With the MBA’s Royal Charter and over 1,500 members worldwide, it has the mandate to provide an authoritative and independent voice for the marine biological community. The MBA recently incorporated the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey – previously SAHFOS (the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science), the longest running (since 1931) and geographically the most extensive marine ecological survey in the world.
PML is a Centre of Excellence in Marine Science & Technology carrying out research in the marine environment from estuaries to the open ocean. PML has an internationally recognised track record in biogeochemical cycling research, using an interdisciplinary approach to study chemical and biological processes in the ocean as well as chemical exchanges with the atmosphere. Research areas include biodiversity and ecosystem function, coastal production processes, ecosystem modelling and forecasting, long-term observations, marine biogeochemical cycles, and valuing the marine environment
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, delivering marine science for a productive and sustainably managed marine environment through innovative research, education and engagement with society. Based near Oban on the Scottish west coast, SAMS marine research and teaching portfolio is diverse in topic and discipline, global in outlook, project locations and relevance, and delivered in partnership with academic, business, government, regulatory, voluntary and civic society colleagues.
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) based at the University of St Andrews, is a world-leading interdisciplinary group of scientists, engineers and technicians studying all aspects of marine mammal and related marine science issues throughout the world. It also provides the UK Government with advice on the conservation and management of marine mammals, fulfilling a statutory duty placed on UKRI. Its Instrumentation and Sound and Movement groups are renowned for the development, production and supply of innovative technologies and sensors for remote marine data collection and ocean measurement