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Making waves at Southampton Boat Show

Published: 9 September 2009

The University of Southampton will be showcasing its innovative marine research and world-leading maritime related courses at this year’s Southampton Boat Show – the largest on-water boat show in Europe (11 to 20 September).

Visitors to the University’s stand (stand F25), which features hands-on exhibits and video footage, can try their hand at a high-speed craft simulator and navigate a model underwater vehicle around a challenging course.

After last year’s successful appearance, Callista, the University’s state-of-the-art research vessel, will be taking visitors on board to show them how the oceans work using hands-on marine science activities and competitions. Participants will get the chance to take a closer look at animal and plant life in the region’s coastal waters, find out about the ecology of the seabed and the effects of climate change, as well as the impact of humans on the oceans. Callista is moored at Berth 520.

Also on offer will be information on the University’s comprehensive range of marine related courses – from ship science to marine biology.

For businesses, there are opportunities to find out how the University’s marine expertise and world-leading facilities could benefit the marine industry and the various options for collaboration.

Callista is the University’s state-of-the-art research vessel.
RV Callista

Professor Ajit Shenoi, Chair of the University’s Maritime Studies Strategic Research Theme, says: “Whether you work in the marine industry, or are a budding marine engineer, scientist or archaeologist of the future, or just visiting the show, our stand has something for everyone.”

“As the premier maritime university in the UK, we will be showcasing our innovative research and practical solutions for industry and world-leading maritime-related courses for the fifth year running.”

During the Boat Show the University will also be hosting an evening event to celebrate the wealth and diversity of maritime research across all disciplines on Tuesday 15 September, at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton.

The event will bring together invited guests with researchers from across engineering sciences, law, management, humanities and the arts to showcase University-based research to solve maritime and oceanic social, economic and environmental challenges.

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