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Uncover the mysteries of the Earth and its oceans this Saturday

Published: 11 March 2008

Uncover the mysteries of the Earth and its oceans at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton this Saturday 15 March. Admission to the Ocean and Earth Day is free and doors open at 10:30am.

Visitors can learn how we explore the oceans and the Earth through amazing science and engineering; visit the aquarium; listen to short, informative talks, and take part in a range of exciting hands-on activities. There will be a chance to operate an underwater vehicle, learn about the way the oceans work and take a close look at fossils and sealife, as well as tours of a working research vessel, the RV Callista.

Visitors can experience first-hand the exciting technology that is helping us understand more about the least explored areas of our planet, their effect on the Earth's climate and the impact of mankind on their delicate ecosystems.

There will be competitions to win some great prizes, including a model remotely-operated underwater vehicle.

The Centre's cafeteria, with breathtaking views across the working port, will be open throughout the event for refreshments.

The event, which is organised in partnership with the University of Southampton, is part of National Science and Engineering Week - a countrywide celebration of the wonders of science.

Find out more about events at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton at and about the University of Southampton's National Science and Engineering Week activities at

Notes for editors

  • The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS) is one of the world's leading institutions devoted to research, teaching and technology development in ocean and Earth science. It is a collaboration between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research Council.

  • The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship.

    This is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.

    We combine academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their pursuit of learning.

    As one of the UK's top 10 research universities, we offer first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering.

    We have over 22,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover in the region of £325 million.

  • For further information contact Mike Douglas, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton,
    Tel. 023 8059 6001, email:

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