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University sets sail for the Southampton Boat Show

Published: 7 September 2010

The University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre will be showcasing their innovative marine research and world-leading maritime related courses at this year’s Southampton Boat Show, which starts on Friday.

Visitors to the University’s stand (stand C021D in Solent Park), which features hands-on exhibits and video footage, can explore the ocean’s depths on a Remotely-Operated Underwater Vehicle simulator, see animations of the planet and oceans on a giant inflatable globe and for the children especially, a chance to find out about swashbuckling pirates on the high seas.

Callista, the University’s state-of-the-art research vessel, will once again be taking visitors onboard from Berth M531 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.

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.

Professor Ajit Shenoi, Chair of the University’s Maritime Studies Strategic Research Group 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, which runs from 10 to 19 September, the University will be hosting an evening event for marine businesses on Thursday 16 September, at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel. The event will demonstrate how companies can benefit from University expertise. From accessing funding, benefitting from the latest cutting-edge techniques and expertise, through to working with the brightest and best graduates, the event will be packed with case studies highlighting successful collaborations.

Notes for editors

  • The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship across a wide range of subjects in engineering, science, social sciences, health and humanities.

    With over 22,000 students, around 5000 staff, and an annual turnover of more than £400 million, the University of Southampton is acknowledged as one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine. 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.

    The University is also home to a number of world-leading research centres including the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Web Science Research Initiative, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute and is a partner of the National Oceanography Centre at the Southampton waterfront campus.

    For more information:
    Emma Connolly, Research and Innovation Services, University of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 8414, email:

    Glenn Harris, Media Relations, University of Southampton, Tel: 023 8059 3212. email:

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