Two internationally renowned marine research organisations have forged a partnership that will see their world-leading experts collaborating on a series of innovative projects.
PML and Plymouth University will combine to share their expertise on a number of projects, aimed at enhancing our understanding of topics including climate change, renewable energy and marine ecosystems.
Both partners will also aim to inspire the next generation of scientists, through an innovative training programme, encompassing a range of learning and development opportunities. The partnership has been formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Professor Stephen de Mora, PML's Chief Executive, said:
“We are pleased to reinforce our relationship with Plymouth University through this Memorandum of Understanding, thereby building upon many years of research projects between our scientists. Whilst our organisations are located in Plymouth, we both work internationally and our research has global application, with the specific topics identified being highly relevant and important to society as a whole.”
The new partnership will be officially launched at an event in February 2014, with experts collaborating initially on four research projects covering:
Quantifying fine scale coastal physics in support of renewable energy research, in particular further knowledge of the physical and engineering challenges surrounding tidal energy;
Predicting and estimating the impact of environmental change on marine organisms and ecosystems – to analyse marine populations and habitats and how they react to changes in their surroundings;
Ocean and coastal biogeochemistry – to develop a greater understanding of the physical, biological and chemical characteristics of our oceans;
Marine environment socio-economics – to enhance appreciation of the economic and social benefits of marine ecosystems.
PML and the University will also join forces to increase the range of opportunities for graduates, using their combined expertise to enhance a world-class platform for the training and development of the next generation of scientists.
Plymouth University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Purcell said:
“Establishing this Memorandum between the University and PML is a really important signal about the significance we both attach to our relationship and to driving world-class research together.”