Research Institutes in Britain


Part of the University of Cambridge/ Dept. Geography. Research groups into both the environmental sciences and social sciences of relevance to the Arctic and Antarctica. Their polar library, (which includes the Shackleton Memorial Library), has comprehensive holdings of scholarly books and journals on polar research, with archival collections from the exploration of the Antarctic and Arctic. Around 60 academic, library and support staff, together with postgraduate students, associates and fellows attached to our research programmes, are working in the Institute. They offer two Graduate Degree courses; a one-year Master's Degree (M.Phil.) course in Polar Studies, and a three-year Doctoral Degree course, leading to a Ph.D. degree. Both courses are closely tied to the research activities of the Institute. The Institute also hosts the Secretariats of the International Glaciological Society and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. SANGER INSTITUTE Near Cambridge A genome research institute primarily funded by the Wellcome Trust. They aim to further the knowledge of genomes, particularly through large scale sequencing and analysis.


Various locations around the country, given here are the listings of the main research institutes.


Part of the University of London.

The Institute of Cancer Research is one of the world's leading cancer research organisations and is internationally renowned for the quality of its science. Our mission is the relief of human suffering by pursuing excellence in the fight against cancer.

OXFORD CENTRE FOR MOLECULAR SCIENCES Based at University of Oxford OCMS is a grouping of scientists, sharing an interest in the structure and function of proteins, based at the University of Oxford. OCMS involves scientists from different disciplines, who work together to tackle major problems at the interfaces of chemistry, biology and medicine.


Located on the Hinxton Genome Campus along with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, near Cambridge. The MRC Rosalind Franklin Centre for Genomics Research (RFCGR) provides access to leading-edge tools for research in the fields of genomics, genetics and functional genomics. The Research Division and the Bioinformatics Division are located

IMAREST(The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology)

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) is an international professional membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST (formerly known as the Institute of Marine Engineers) is the first professional Institute to adopt an all-embracing approach and recognise the need to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists.

PORT ERIN MARINE LABORATORY The Laboratory is part of the University of Liverpool's, School of Biological Sciences Based on the Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea the

P.E.M.L. is an ideal base for all things marine.


Near Oban, Scotland.

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is a Scottish charity (est. 1884) committed to promoting, delivering and supporting high-quality independent research and education in marine science. SAMS is a Collaborative Centre of the Natural Environment Research Council, and hosts the National Facility for Scientific Diving and the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa. It is further an academic partner in UHI Millennium Institute under whose auspices SAMS delivers the BSc (Hons) Marine Science, and trains ca 25 PhD students. As the owner and operator of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory. SAMS is an internationally renowned marine research establishment. Research activities encompass the entire breadth of marine science. SAMS focuses much of its research activities on multidisciplinary research questions from Scottish coastal waters to the Arctic Ocean. Core science programme investigates past and present changes in Northern Seas.

PROUDMAN OCEANOGRAPHIC LABORATORY POL's scientific research focuses on oceanography encompassing global sea-levels and geodesy, numerical modelling of continental shelf seas and coastal sediment processes. This research alongside activities of surveying, monitoring, data management and forecasting provides strategic support for the wider mission of the Natural Environment Research Council. POL is a leading world centre in tidal prediction (with related interests in earth tides and storm surges) and a leading European centre in modelling and forecasting shelf sea dynamics. CEFAS - CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT,

FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE SCIENCES CEFAS is an internationally renowned scientific research and advisory centre working in fisheries management, environmental protection and aquaculture. They undertake a wide range of research, advisory, consultancy, monitoring and training activities. Their customer base includes Government departments (UK and foreign, central and local), international agencies, commercial companies and aid organisations. Much of their work is conducted for the UK Government and the European Union where their research and advice is utilised by policy makers, but in the past six years they have developed an increasingly worldwide client base. CEFAS has a staff compliment of approximately 550 who are based at three specialist laboratories within the UK. They have an ocean going research vessel and facilities are equipped with the latest laboratory, tank and aquatic field based equipment.

BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY Based in Cambridge UK BAS has, for almost 60 years,undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. It now shares that continent with scientists from around thirty countries. BAS employs over 400 staff, and supports three stations in the Antarctic, at Rothera, Halley and Signy, and two stations on South Georgia, at King Edward Point and Bird Island. The Antarctic operations and science programmes are executed and managed from Cambridge, and rely on a wide-ranging team of professional staff.Ice-strengthened ships sustain the Antarctic operations. RRS James Clark Ross has advanced facilities for oceanographic research. RRS Ernest Shackleton is primarily a logistics ship used for the resupply of stations. The Royal Navy's Ice Patrol Vessel HMS Endurance has helicopters and provides valuable logistic support. Four Twin Otter aircraft fitted with wheels and skis are operated from Rothera and Halley, while a wheels-only Dash-7 aircraft provides the inter-continental air-link from Rothera to the Falkland Islands, and flies inland to blue ice runways. The BAS research programme is planned on a five-year timetable. The current programme is described in the booklet Antarctic Science in the Global Context, 2000-2005 . The programme was based on proposals from staff. After international peer review, the most highly rated were integrated into the Survey's infrastructure capability. The outcome is a suite of nine programmes complemented by projects in the medical and environmental sciences and independent research activities. In addition the competitive Antarctic Funding Initiative provides access to Antarctica for BAS and NERC staff and the university community.


The MBA is a professional body for marine biologists with some 1200 members world-wide. The MBA has earned an international reputation for excellence and innovation in research,by the resident scientific staff and visiting research workers,including seven Nobel laureates. The current research programme reflects the wide-ranging commitment of the Association to the development of marine biology. This covers areas as diverse as cell and developmental biology, neurobiology, physiology and functional biology,reproductive biology, and ocean productivity and phytoplankton dynamics. A range of algal and invertebrate species are utilised to investigate fundamental biological problems. Long-term studies of the biology of the English Channel have been supported for more than seventy years and the Association has been instrumental in establishing The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) to continue the sequence of continuous plankton recorder surveys in the North Atlantic and North Sea.

SOUTHAMPTON OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE The Southampton Oceanography Centre is a joint venture between the University of Southampton and the Natural Environment Research

Council (NERC) and is one of the few world-class centres of excellence in ocean sciences, earth sciences and ocean technology. This unique combination of interdisciplinary research and teaching resources comprises the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science together with 4 specialist NERC research divisions and the NERC Research Ships Unit which manages and operates the UK fleet of research ships. Missions: (1) To deliver scientific excellence and understanding of the earth and its oceans as a dynamic interdisciplinary system, (2) To provide the highest quality teaching and training in ocean and earth science within an active research environment, (3) To develop and exploit appropriate new technology To provide large scale national facilities for ocean and earth science To help deliver the mission of the Natural Environment Research Council and the University of Southampton

NORTH ATLANTIC FISHERIES COLLEGE The North Atlantic Fisheries College represents Shetland's most pro-active investment in the future of the fisheries industries. Located in Shetland, the college is ideally placed for fisheries training, lying at the heart of the northern European fishing grounds. Shetland has one of the most modern fisheries industries in Europe, with which the college has close ties. The vision is to be an international fisheries centre of excellence, providing high quality resources to support and enhance the development and sustainability of the fisheries industries. Our mission is to be a customer-focused leader in fisheries education, training, research and development. The college has built up an impressive research pedigree and recently became the UHI Millennium Institute's centre for applied fisheries research. A wide range of courses are on offer, from short one day practical training sessions, to one year full-time post graduate degrees (MSc) and PhDs. CENTRE FOR MARINE AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT CMCZM is a research group within the Department of Geography and Environment at the University of Aberdeen. The objectives of this research group are to pursue research into the following; (1) GIS The application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) as data storage, handling, analysis and Decision Support Systems (DSS) The development of Human Computer Interfaces to GIS and DSS. (2) Remote Sensing - the application of remote sensing (airborne and spaceborne) to monitoring of the coastal zone and marine environments The development of information extraction techniques from remotely sensed imagery The deployment of remotely sensed imagery on the Internet (Using LizardTech's MrSID and ER Mapper's Image Web Server). (3) GPS, Mobile,Multimedia The application of Information Technology (IT) to coastal zone management The development and application of Internet/Intranet-based GIS applications in the context of information access and dissemination (Using ArcIMS, MapServer and Manifold IMS) The development of Internet accessible geospatial databases The use of GPS and mobile GIS (PocketGIS and ArcPad) for data collection and remote information retrieval CHANNEL COASTAL OBSERVATORY The Isle of Wight Centre for the Coastal Environment (IWCCE) was established in 1997 to provide a focus for the council's growing activities on

a local, regional, national and transnational scale in relation to coastal and geotechnical issues. Since it was formed the success of the IWCCE has led to the development of specialist services in coastal management and geological-related fields.

MORAY FIRTH PARTNERSHIP The Moray Firth Partnership encourages different interests to work together to safeguard the Moray Firth's natural, economic and social

resources. Their mission is “to promote the integrated management of the natural, economic, recreational and cultural resources of the Moray Firth area in order to retain and enhance a high quality of life for all its residents and visitors” The Moray Firth Partnership was established in 1996 to provide a forum to share information, discuss, plan and implement integrated ways of addressing issues arising from the many competing demands on the Moray Firth. We are a voluntary coalition of a wide range of organisations and individuals. We have over 620 members and are a limited company and a Scottish charity. Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in the Firth. Members include local authorities and statutory agencies, fishing interests, port and harbour authorities, oil and other commercial interests, local community and recreation groups and individuals who live, work and have an interest in the Firth. Please click on Join MFP for more information.


Pioneers practical, locally-based education and monitoring programmes on cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in the Hebrides. HWDT is based in Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull where they have their main, education and research offices and a visitor centre. HWDT conduct long-term monitoring distribution, abundance and habitat use of the cetaceans in Hebridean waters.


The Institute of Aquaculture is an international research and post-graduate training centre, graded 5 in the 2001 RAE, and is the largest of its

kind in the world. Situated in the University of Stirling, there are more than 110 staff and 120 postgraduate students. The institute has built up a first class international reputation in teaching, research, contract research and consultancy. With an annual operating budget of almost £4 million, the Institute is core-funded by the University and also receives research and project funding from the Department for International Development (DfID; formerly ODA), the European Commission and from a wide variety of national and international research organisations, foundations and trusts and industry. The Institute has links with many other academic institutions. The Institute has had considerable direct involvement with the industry during its rapid expansion, especially at the interfaces between husbandry, environment, nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease, engineering and economics and our research and training activities reflect this.


Located at the University of Ulster. The Centre examines various aspects of coastal environments, from the physical processes to the human

impacts on today's coastal and marine environments. As well as local research programmes, investigations are being conducted in many international locations. Established in 2004, the CCMR incorporates the Coastal Studies Research Group (est. 1991) and comprises of 40 Academic Staff, Research Officers and PhD/MRes Students.


Glasgow Marine Technology Centre (GMTC) Based in the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Marine Technology Centre is a mature interdisciplinary

research and development activity, working with industry and government on a broad range of offshore and marine problems.

SERVICES AND PRODUCTS As a result of recent ongoing Research and Development Programmes, GMTC is now able to offer the following services and products. *Adhesive Bonding Information Service: Advisory service for the structural bonding of metallic and non-metallic components for marine and offshore use, plus small-scale production of prototype assemblies. *Marine Antifouling Treatments for Marine Instruments and Sensors: Small-scale production of coatings for active and inactive parts of marine instruments and sensors, including coated optical windows.


The Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CMBB) was created with a Research Development Grant from the Scottish Higher

Education Funding Council in 1999. Its purpose is to establish a unit for molecular genetic analysis of marine organisms that could be applied to taxonomic problems, monitoring marine pollution and the biotechnical exploitation of naturally occurring substances. It is part of the newly formed School of Life Sciences, located in the Riccarton campus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The CMBB is subdivided into two major groups: * Aquaculture and Fisheries. * Environmental Science<


The Centre for Applied Marine Sciences (CAMS) provides research services to industry, governmental and non-governmental organisations.

CAMS draws upon the multi-disciplinary skills of over 100 members of staff at the School of Ocean Sciences, University of Wales, Bangor, one of the largest marine science laboratories in Europe. CAMS has access to a wide range of facilities and equipment, laboratories, computing facilities and library as well as the research vessel 'Prince Madog'. CAMS is a WDA supported Centre of Excellence for Technology and Industrial Collaboration (CETIC) . CAMS consists of the following specialist groups: * Analytical Chemistry * Applied Marine Biology * Applied Oceanography * Coastal Zone Research * Marine Geosciences * Survey and Instrumentation

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