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The University of Southampton

Inspiring children to save the world’s oceans

Published: 17 March 2008

At a time when the world’s oceans are under increasing pressure from threats such as overfishing and pollution, the University of Southampton is inspiring budding marine scientists and engineers to protect marine resources for future generations.

The University is hosting a conference entitled ‘The Use and Abuse of our Oceans’ for 360 Year 10 students from across Hampshire and the southern region on Tuesday 18 March in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, on the University’s Highfield campus.

The conference aims to encourage students to continue studying science, engineering and environmental-based subjects in further and higher education, through a series of stimulating and interactive mini-lectures run by the University’s Schools of Ocean and Earth Science, Geography and Civil Engineering and the Environment. Naturalist, television presenter and author Chris Packham will also be attending to give a keynote speech.

By demonstrating the relevance of such subjects in the modern world, the students will learn how they can improve and preserve the health of our oceans and the amazing marine life within them.

Professor Jeremy Kilburn, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics, comments:

“The University is delighted to be hosting this conference for the second year running. Universities play a key role in engaging young people in science and engineering and at Southampton we are committed to a whole range of outreach activities, of which this conference is a very important example.

“Everyone is aware of the challenges associated with climate change and it is crucial that there are enthusiastic young scientists who can address these challenges in the future.”

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