Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Energy and resources

Energy and resources

We are developing ways to utilise the ocean to provide new forms of energy, mineral resources, food and even medicine. Interests range from understanding of the basic sciences influencing the search for energy and seabed resources, the technology for managing and extracting them and the legal instruments for exploiting such resources.

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Trade and transport

Trade and transport

We are transforming the safety of ships, the goods they transport, and for crew and passengers too. Work encompasses the technological aspects, safe shipping and ship designs, legal instruments governing shipping management, logistics and supply chain management and the underlying impact of maritime trade driven economics.

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Climate and environment

Climate and environment

We research the oceans and how environment is influenced by climate and by man’s activities in the oceans. Expertise covers the basic sciences exploring the behaviour of the ocean environment and the response to climate change, to the legal instruments defining the use of the maritime and ocean space.

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Society and government

Society and government

We focus on understanding and preserving cultural heritage, and homes and communities around coastlines. Research includes issues relating to governance and planning in coastal regions owing to climate change patterns, technological innovations to ensure the safety of people, tourism and leisure activities, to the historical evolution of societies in port cities.

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Latest News

  • 2014/06/30

    Claire Jowitt and John McAleer introduce their new book series Maritime Humanities 1400-1800: Cultures of the Sea

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  • 2014/06/26

    Senior French scientists visit NOCS to learn more about subsea mining research

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A wealth of academics

We have 1000+ researchers working on cutting edge maritime projects, all with a passion to change the world through their research collaborations with global partners.

Industry collaborations

We seek industry partners to come forward with research proposals. Whether it’s for accessing new skills, assistance with research and development or an immediate business-critical consultancy need, our expertise and facilities are accessible to the world’s business community and all charities and heritage-based organisations with a maritime focus.

Laboratories and test facilities

Accessing our wide range of state-of-the-art equipment can save businesses time and money by utilising the unique capabilities and skills in place at our facilities.

Knowledge transfer partnerships

KTPs are government funded instruments designed to help businesses improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills.

Institute of High Performance Computing opening in Singapore

Institute of High Performance Computing opening in Singapore

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Ground breaking collaborations

  • The creation of the SMMI has been stimulated by the University's ever strengthening relationship with Lloyd's Register over the last 40+ years. This relationship has resulted in an investment of around £116M in a new campus, the largest such business-focused endeavour in any UK university.

Largest business-focused endeavour in any UK university

Largest business-focused endeavour in any UK university

“Industries and universities have a vital role to play collaborating together to achieve sustained economic growth. Southampton has long been a centre of excellence for the marine industry so it is a fitting home for this new Institute.”

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts , Launch of SMMI

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