To celebrate World Oceans Day the National Oceanography Centre is providing a free digital day of educational talks, hot-topic discussions and virtual tours, which will replace our usual on-site Open Day. Our team of speakers are excited to share their latest science and technology with classrooms and homes across the world. Whatever your interest, education or time zone we have something for you. We have live and on-demand talks, downloadable factsheets and colouring in, a scavenger hunt, and an interactive education and career zone.
If your class (at school or home) would like to get involved in our morning education sessions please sign up below, on behalf of your class, your students can take part in online talks and Q&A sessions with our experts on the themes from ‘Science at sea’ to ‘Ocean Robots’.
We have a series of live and on-demand talks, based around hot topics and unique careers, happening throughout the afternoon and evening so sign up and drop in. Ask a panel of ocean experts your climate change queries (can the sea save us?) or find out how innovative tech will help us explore extreme environments (how do we explore deep beneath icebergs?), plus it is your chance to ask our experts about plastic pollution (are straws really the big issue?).
Between the scheduled talks, you can take a tour of our two royal research ships, the RRS James Cook and the RRS Discovery. You can also visit the Inspiring Futures exhibit to see what career paths our speakers have been on, from international degrees to apprenticeships. We will also have scientists, engineers and support staff who do a whole host of exciting jobs, on hand to answer questions about their education, qualifications, life at sea and career experiences.
Hourly classroom visits. Our scientists and engineers will be giving hourly interactive classroom sessions on different themes throughout the day including, Science at Sea and Ocean Robots.
These sessions are aimed at years 7, 8 and 9 and seek to inspire the next generation of Scientists and marine engineers. Come and find out what inspired our experts and their career paths to becoming oceanographers.
A series of live and on-demand talks, based around hot topics and unique careers, happening throughout the afternoon and evening.
Discover the world of autonomous underwater vehicles with an engineer’s insight into deep sea exploration.
Angela will be discussing why the global ocean plays such a critical part in the climate change challenge.
Find out how we explore the ocean from satellites in space.
Find out why the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems is so vital to our future climate and ocean health.
They’ll be discussing the latest findings and if straws are really the biggest threat to our oceans health.
Hear the latest research from an experimental geoscientist working on techniques to safely store carbon dioxide in deep sea rocks.
Earth observing satellites provide thousands of millions of observations of the Earth’s atmosphere, ice, land and ocean every day. Over the ocean, satellites measure essential quantities like sea surface temperature, wind speed and sea level that help us understand how the ocean works and how it responds to changes in the global climate system. Stunning images from satellite optical sensors give vital information about marine ecosystem health and about changes in coastal seas. Other satellites see through clouds, working day and night to improve ocean models and weather forecasts. This session starts with a short talk about what satellites can tell us about the ocean today, followed by a Q&A with members of the NOC Satellite Oceanography Team.
Ben Moat is a Physical oceanographer with interests in understanding the relationships between ocean circulation, and our global climate and European weather. He has lead research expeditions into the North Atlantic and participated in numerous expeditions to the Indian, South Atlantic and Southern Oceans.
Angela Hatton is Director of Science and Technology at the National Oceanography Centre. She is currently the Principle Investigator for the UK Climate Linked Atlantic Sector Science (CLASS) Programme, which delivers the UK’s contribution to GOOS, through sustained ocean observations, modelling and technology development. She is has contributed to the UK’s G7: Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative as scientific lead, is a core member of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship panels and oversees the NOC’s contribution to the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. She has been awarded two NERC fellowships, a Challenger fellowship and is an elected fellow of the Society of Biology and the Scottish Association for Marine Science, and an Honorary professor at the University of Southampton.
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