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).