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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) Launch

Diversity of disciplines 

It was a pleasure to represent the Transport KTN at the launch of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton (UoS) on Tuesday. It was an exceptional event which attracted about twice as many as expected from across marine and maritime disciplines, from marine archaeologists and historians, to parts manufacturers, shipping magnates, researchers from around the world in oceanography, naval architecture, maritime law, coating technologies and materials science.

What is the SMMI

The Institute is a result of a ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Southampton and Lloyd's Register that is set to become a world-leading centre for innovation, business and education. In 2014 the redevelopment of the Universities Boldrewood Campus will be complete and Lloyd's Register will move a substantial part of their operations from London to be located alongside University of Southampton's marine expertise.

Accolades

After a welcome from Prof Philip Nelson, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, we were addressed by ten speakers for just 4 minutes each, as outlined below, demonstrating the UoS' flexibility of working with those outside the academic community as well as its acedemic excellence.

Keynote speeches

Following some excellent refreshments, we were addressed by Richard Sadler, Chief Executive of Lloyds Register and the industry Co-chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council who pertinently said that "the old way of time testing solutions is past" and that we need to understand the science to be confident of ensuring the safety of life at sea. The Science Minister, David Willetts, encouraged us to be proud of our great maritime inheritance and unveiled a plaque, completing the launch of the SMMI.

Four minute presentations
  • Tom Boardley, Marine Director, Lloyd's Register spoke of LR's commitment to ensuring safety of life at sea and protecting the ocean environment, addressing challenges such as cutting emissions and cleaning ballast water.
  • Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of RNLI spoke of the benefits of their Advanced Technical Partnership with UoS.
  • Prof Ian Wright represented the National Oceanography Centre, an integrated collaboration between UoS and NERC.
  • Dr John McAleer, Curator of the Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, told us about their collaborative work with UoS.
  • Patrick Griggs, CBE, a consultant from Ince & Co praised the work of the Institute of Maritime Law at UoS.
  • James Grazebrook, OBE, Exectuive Chairman of Halyard, expressed his gratitude for the contribution of UoS' Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) to Halyard's success as a manufacturer of innovative marine exhausts and silencers.
  • Mark Russell, Managing Director of CJR Propulsion described the KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with UoS in computational fluid dynamics as highly significant in improving their business in terms of sales and revenue.
  • Prof Ichiro Araki, Professor of Law at Yokohama National University, represented the Port-city Universities League.
  • Prof Yan Xinping, Vice President of Wuhan University of Technology represented UoS' collaboration with China.
  • Amelia Astley, a PhD student in Marine Archaeology expressed her enthusiasm for the opportunity given her to do ground-breaking research in a cross disciplinary environment.
About the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

SMMI will provide a focal point for industries, businesses, universities and organisations around the world to conduct leading-edge research on a collaborative basis. By crossing the traditional boundaries between the disciplines and working in collaboration, SMMI's research will address some of the most important global challenges in climate change, transport, energy and the environment. Their mission is to have a transformational impact on society globally through research, innovative ideas and solutions, as well as supplying highly skilled graduates for the marine and maritime sectors.

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