Ocean & Earth Day 2015

Saturday 25 April 2015

10.30 am - 4.00 pm (last entry 3.30 pm)


Get hands-on and find out what exciting discoveries the UK’s world-class scientists are making in the ocean 

Each year the National Oceanography Centre and University of Southampton opens its doors to the general public by hosting Ocean & Earth Day, an interactive and exciting family show, highlighting the fascinating research that we’re involved in from the coast to the deep ocean.

The Ocean covers almost three quarters of the Earth’s surface, and yet so much about it is unknown. In fact, so little of the deep ocean floor has been explored in detail that we know more about the surface of the Moon! Scientists and engineers based at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton are working to better understand this fascinating and remote environment.


Ocean & Earth Day is a fantastic opportunity to discover how research is carried out and see some of the amazing work undertaken at the centre. There will be lots to see and get involved in for all ages, and should you need a break, the centre’s waterfront cafeteria will be available giving a unique view over the busy port, there may even a be a cruise ship or two to see from our observation windows.


2014 / 2015 has been an incredible year for Ocean Science and we are pleased to be able to bring new and exciting exhibits for this year’s event, as well as the firm favourites from previous years.

Our work on the development of ocean going robots has received lots of media coverage this year and we’re pleased to be able to have some of the vehicles on display, you can also have a go at driving a mini Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), see how we are using 3D printing and laser cutting to create and develop parts for these specialist vehicles.


Our research ships the RRS Discovery and RRS James Cook are working nonstop throughout the Ocean and sadly will not be with us this year, however they’ve taken time in their busy schedule to create an amazing film about life on a research ship, which will receive its premier at this year’s event.  Callista, our smaller vessel, will be out in the Solent conducting scientific research; however the support team and crew provided some amazing film footage and information to show you in our small boat zone.


Zones to look out for:

Bringing Science to Life Zone

New for 2015 we will be showing how NOC and University of Southampton work together on ground breaking research projects.

Oceanography & Engineering Zone

Drive a mini ROV, visit the touch pools and see how 3D printing is making advances in engineering

Ocean Cinema Zone

we will be showing three exciting films,

"Science at Sea" life on a research ship

"Exploring Ocean Fronts" Marine Autonomous Vehicles

"Diving the Depths" deep sea exploration

these films will be shown at 11.00 : 11.30 : 12.00 : 12.30 : 1.30 : 2.00 : 2.30 : 3.00 : 3.30


This is just a taste of what will be in store at Ocean & Earth Day 2015.

This event is completely free and we also have a free park and ride service from the university of Southampton  Highfield campus. Those who come on foot, by cycle or public transport will be entered into a prize draw.


Ocean & Earth day 2015 is a collaborative event between the NOC  and  Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton' http://southampton.ac.uk/oes


If you have any queries regarding Ocean & Earth Day 2015 why not email us at OEDevent@noc.ac.uk or why not tell us what you enjoyed about the 2014 event.






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