About the International and Strategic Partnerships Office

The International and Strategic Partnerships Office (ISPO) is part of NERC's National Marine Capability. ISPO works with the UK and international marine science community and a variety of marine and maritime partners in the private and government sector to improve dialogue and sustained interaction in an inclusive, impartial way.

The ISPO provides the secretariat for the NOC Association, a partnership of representatives from the UK’s NERC-funded marine science community that aims to enhance the impact of science for society. ISPO also provides the NERC contribution to the secretariat for the UK Government's Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC).

The International and Strategic Partnerships Office is the NOC focus for international engagement and the development of international partnerships. We represent the UK marine science community at the European Science Foundation (ESF) Marine Board, and lead the UK's input to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

International Partnerships

Our science is global – learn about our partners around the world.

National Capability

Supporting UK marine science, platforms, observations, models, data and more.


Science into policy –working with Government and the European Commission

Wider Marine Community

Working in partnership – nationally and internationally.


Making our voice heard – consultations and position papers.

NOC Advisory Council

External advice from the National Oceanography Centre Advisory Council helps guide our actions.

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The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

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