The NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) is the main vehicle for our engagement with the beneficiaries of NOC-led marine science National Capability (NC). NC comprises: science; large-scale research infrastructure, small-scale NC-services, facilities and data and National and Public Good.
The NOC leads all Marine Science NC, working in partnership with our Delivery Partners, namely the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and the Continuous Plankton Recorder Programme delivered by the Marine Biological Association of the UK.
The NOCA also provides advice to the NOC on wider issues such as the NOC’s role in providing wider national and international leadership; helping convene and coordinate marine science in the UK; and strategic horizon scanning. It is not the role of NOCA to influence the NOC’s wider non-NC activities as an independent research centre.
In addition, two other initiatives fall under the umbrella of the NOCA, these being The Marine Facilities Advisory Board and Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS) Advisory Board, where the NOC International & Strategic Partnerships Office (ISPO) provides secretariat support.
The National Oceanography Centre Association is a strategic platform that brings together the NERC funded marine science community to enhance its influence on funders, policy makers and the impact that science has on society.
The NOC Association provides a channel to seek input and share outputs and information with the wider marine science community and its stakeholders. As such, the NOC Association is responsive to the needs and suggestions of its members.
Current activities include the following.
- Focusing effort on strategic matters affecting UK marine science in the national and international context
- Developing and targeting inputs to consultations and other marine science briefings
- Showcasing UK marine science capabilities and achievements to policy makers, industry, learned and professional societies, and the public
- International engagement in UK, European and International forums, to inform new funding programmes such as Horizon 2020 and the Joint Programming Initiative ‘Oceans’.
The NOC Association formed during the merger of the NERC-managed activity at Liverpool’s Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, on 1st April 2010. The NERC Council tasked this newly formed National Oceanography Centre to work in closer partnership with institutions across the UK marine science community, not just in research collaborations, and also in a more strategic way.
The NOC Association was created with the view to support wider engagement with the marine science community in an open and impartial way. In particular the NOC Association has the following objectives.
- Enable the community to formulate and express its views to NERC, the Government and elsewhere
- Inform policy and influence wider society for support for marine science in the UK
- Champion the expertise of the NERC-funded marine research community nationally, (through the Governments Marine Science Coordination Committee) and internationally (through representation on international panels and boards).
The NOC Association has developed a community vision, which takes a broad view of the priorities for science and national capability, within the context of the NERC and UK Marine Science Strategies.
The National Oceanography Centre was tasked by NERC with bringing the UK’s marine research community together to develop and produce the document ‘Setting Course – Vision and Priorities for Marine Research’. This new vision statement for the future of marine science was unveiled on 13 December 2011.
Professor Ed Hill outlined the goals and priorities identified by the marine research community.
This vision statement details the priorities for the next five to ten years. ‘Setting Course’ makes the case for a more integrated marine research community ready and willing to address the big questions about how the earth functions as a whole system. We need to ensure that the oceans are fully recognised for their ability to provide solutions to the big challenges facing society, which concern sustainable use of natural resources and the management of environmental risks and hazards.
Professor Ed Hill, Executive Director of the National Oceanography Centre
The vision will guide the National Oceanography Centre Association in providing large-scale research infrastructure such as Royal Research Ships, deep submersibles, ocean sensors, sustained observations and data management which support the UK’s marine science community.
Understanding the marine environment and its interactions with Earth systems and human society is one of the most complex and challenging questions of our age; the vision is that this greater understanding will make a profound contribution to sustainable development globally and also to the UK’s wellbeing and competitiveness in the green economy.
Professor Peter Liss, Chair of the National Oceanography Centre Association’s Steering Board (2011 – 2019).
The NOC Association Steering Board
The overarching objective of the NOC Association Steering Board is to facilitate those engaged in the NERC funded marine science community to work together to advance UK marine science.
The Steering Board for the NOC Association is a non-executive body whose primary role is to provide advice to the Executive Director NOC on the development, activities and priorities of the NOC Association to deliver its objective; to enhance its impact and to assist in optimising its engagement and synergy with the wider UK and international marine science community.
|Prof. David Thomas, Chair||University of Bangor||More Information|
|Prof. Teresa Fernandes||Heriot Watt University||More Information|
|Dr Kate Hendry||University of Bristol||More Information|
|Dr Kerry Howell||University of Plymouth||More Information|
|Prof. Mark Inall||Scottish Association for Marine Science||More Information|
|Prof. Claire Mahaffey||University of Liverpool||More information|
|Prof. Martin Solan||University of Southampton||More Information|
|Prof. Rob Upstill-Goddard||Challenger Society||More Information|
|The following attend meetings alternately|
|Dr Simon Brockington||Marine Science Coordination Committee||More Information|
|Prof. Colin Moffatt||Marine Science Coordination Committee||More Information|
|Dr Mark James||
Marine Alliance for Science and
Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
|Prof. David Paterson||
Marine Alliance for Science and
Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
Prof. Ed Hill OBE
Prof. Angela Hatton
Prof. Icarus Allen
NOC Association members and their participation in meetings, events and activities, drive the NOC Association.
General membership of the NOC Association is open to all who are part of the NERC marine science community. Membership requires a willingness and commitment to engage positively. Participation will help to enable the NOC Association community to influence the direction of key areas of marine science and national capability.
Formally, membership of the NOC Association is institutional (for example at the level of a University School) with nominated individuals representing the institution. Clusters or consortia of institutions are also welcome.
- 10th Annual Meeting of the NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA)
In light of the current situation with coronavirus we have decided to postpone the 2020 NOCA Annual Meeting, originally planned for 23rd June 2020. The meeting will be rescheduled to a date, to be confirmed, in early 2021. Updates will be posted on this page in due course.
- 9th Annual Meeting of the NOC Association, Thursday 9th May 2019, London.
- 8th Annual Meeting of the NOC Association, Tuesday 1st May 2018, London.
- 7th Annual Meeting of the NOC Association, Thursday 30 March 2017, London.
NOC Association Steering Board Meeting Minutes
Impacts of COVID 19 on the UK Marine Science Community – SURVEY
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted everyone, and will likely continue to do so for years to come. Those in the UK marine researcher community may have had direct health effects, or may have been impacted indirectly through an increase in caring duties, cancellation of fieldwork or laboratory closures, or economic set-backs. The National Oceanography Centre Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) is motivated to document and understand the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK marine researchers. In July we approached the community to seek members for a working group to tackle this issue. The working group has now created an anonymous survey which is intended for UK-based marine scientists working in research (academia, industry, education, public sector). We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes (it takes about five minutes) to complete the survey: Go to the Survey
The Working Group intends to produce a written report on the findings and a short video presentation in early 2021. Updates will be posted on this NOCA web page.
UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium
The UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium has been compiled with input from across the UK’s vibrant marine community. The database provides an overview of marine research institutes, university departments, the marine industry sector, government bodies representing marine and marine-related Non-Governmental Organisations.