Event News

On Gaia: A critical investigation of the relationship between Life and Earth
Life and environment: An evaluation of the Gaia Hypothesis by Professor Toby Tyrrell – Toby will be signing copies of his book from 6.30pm In 1972 James Lovelock made an interesting proposal. Life is not solely a passenger on a fortuitously...
NOC working with business
On 16 July 2013 the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOC) will be hosting the next in its series of Marine Manufacturer’s ‘Breakfast Club’ meetings. At this Breakfast Club meeting the NOC will be showcasing the Long...
Diving survey team at work in the Galapagos
Galapagos marine invaders – by Dr Ken Collins – Increasing tourism and the spread of marine invasive non-native species is threatening the unique plant and marine life around the Galapagos Islands. UK scientists from the Universities of...
The Steam Tug Challenge. Credit: ADLS
Southampton Docks plays host to the Southampton Maritime Festival over the May Bank Holiday! From Sunday 5 to Monday 6 May Southampton Docks will have a vintage twist during the 1940s-themed Southampton Maritime Festival. The event celebrates our...
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival returns! From 3 - 5 May Lyme Regis waterfront will be transformed into an exhibition of geology and fossils, for the 'Coastal Treasures' themed Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. The festival will explore the ancient...
Thin Ice release
The film Thin Ice - The Inside Story of Climate Science was released on Monday 22 April. The launch coincides with Earth Day, a global campaign to raise awareness of environmental issues and climate change. The motivation behind Thin Ice was to...
The onion with water
Engineering for measurement and sampling of Subglacial Lake Ellsworth, Antarctica: Trials and tribulations – by Dr Matt Mowlem – Antarctic subglacial lakes are thought to be extreme habitats for microbial life and may contain important...
Ocean and Earth Day at NOC
Beat the queues! Catch the free bus to Ocean and Earth Day 2013 this Saturday 23 March. With extremely limited on-site parking, there is a free Park & Ride service to shuttle visitors to Ocean and Earth Day, the National...
Basket stars
Rigs, robots and deep-sea life: highlights from the SERPENT project – by Dr Dan Jones – This talk will cover the highlights of 10 years of research on oil and gas installations by the SERPENT project, a novel collaboration between...
Ocean Business at NOC
One of Europe’s biggest business-to-business showcases for the marine technology industry opens at the National Oceanography Centre, from Tuesday to Thursday, 9 to 11 April. Ocean Business 13 will bring 300 companies to Southampton for the...

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