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Latest News and Events

Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2017 a great success

MATS2017 speakers
This week saw the NOC host its third Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS2017) at the Southampton waterfront site. The three day event welcomed more than 200 delegates from eight countries to hear from 40 guest speakers from across... Read More

£19 million government investment in NOC technology announced

The government this week announced an investment of over £19 million into NOC platforms and sensor development through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). The investment in marine robotics, which is known as the ‘Oceanids’... Read More

Update: changes in the ownership and governance of the National Oceanography Centre

On Friday 27 October, the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation agreed that plans for the NOC to become an independent research institute, should move into preparation phase.The NOC will now progress all the... Read More

Media opportunity to board the RRS Discovery ahead of the anniversary of the Discovery Investigations

This is an opportunity to go on board the royal research ship (RRS) Discovery on 21 September, before she embarks on an ambitious science expedition to the waters around South Georgia. This expedition will take place around 100 years after scientists onboard the original RRS Discovery, first used by Captain Scott, began a series of investigations in the same area that laid the foundations of modern biological oceanography. A comparison between technology used during the original Discovery Investigations and the ocean robots onboard this latest expedition provides an excellent opportunity to compare how far oceanography has come as a subject.

Join us for a rare behind the scenes tour of RRS Discovery while she’s berthed in Southampton. This will include an opportunity to view an ocean robot that will be used on the expedition, and some historic artefacts relating to the Discovery Investigations, including

  1. The original leather bound logbook from the first RRS Discovery expedition in 1925, recording when it set sail from Portsmouth. A unique record of the ship’s journey, the crew and weather data.
  2. A biologist's record of specimens collected in the form of watercolour paintings, drawings and data.
  3. Black and White images of the record of the expedition showing ships, landscapes and bergs, crew, equipment and oceanographic instruments.
  4. Press cuttings book collated from 1923 showing newspaper cuttings from the press on the reporting of the Discovery Investigations.

There will also be a chance to interview key scientists, as well as the manager of the National Oceanographic library, who will be able to talk about the historic artefacts and their significance.

Contact Holly Peacock, Senior Communications Officer at the National Oceanography Centre, on 023 8059 6388 or for more information.

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