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Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences exhibits at Westminster

Representatives of the School of Ocean Sciences with Albert Owen MP and Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead.Representatives of the School of Ocean Sciences with Albert Owen MP and Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead.Bangor University’s world renowned School of Ocean Sciences was invited to exhibit at the House of Commons recently, by Ynys Môn MP, Albert Owen.

Based in Menai Bridge, the School is at the forefront of scientific marine research in the UK, with much of this research being conducted at sea from a state-of-the-art, purpose built research vessel, the RV Prince Madog. The exhibition at the Palace of Westminster highlighted a selection of the cutting edge science undertaken at the School, focusing on ways in which the marine environment can be sustainably harnessed for years to come.

The University’s Vice- Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes addressed the guests, which included Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Government Education Minister and Dr Richard Judge, Head of the government’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science.  First Minister, Carwyn Jones, also visited the Exhibition.

Professor Moke Kaiser chats with Albert Owen MPProfessor Moke Kaiser chats with Albert Owen MPProfessor Colin Jago, Head of the College of Natural Sciences Said: “Coastal and shelf seas are the most productive part of the World’s oceans but they are highly susceptible to human and climate change impacts.  A large proportion of the global population, including the UK, is dependent on the coastal zone, so its long term sustainability is essential.  The School of Ocean Sciences is leading innovative initiatives such as the Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research and the Climate Change Consortium of Wales to build the evidence base needed by Government and in order to share our expertise for the benefit of those coastal and marine focused businesses.”

Professor Chris Richardson, Head of School of Ocean Sciences said: “Our ethos in the School of Ocean Sciences is to develop world-leading research that informs government and stakeholders in the marine sector. Our research also underpins our teaching programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students. These highly skilled graduates are the practitioners who will be at the forefront of marine science developments in coming decades.”

Albert Owen MP said: “The School is at the cutting edge of this research and I just can’t praise the work that they do enough. Not only are they breaking barriers in marine research, they are also an integral part of the Anglesey and north Wales community. They are linking up with local schools to bring marine science to life and are developing innovative ways of integrating research and business opportunities in the marine sector. This exhibition is a timely and relevant display of the importance of our marine environment for us and for future generations. I am delighted to be able to host them in Westminster so that they get recognition they deserve for their truly excellent work.”


Publication date: 16 December 2011