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SMMI is currently inviting applications from SMMI members for PhD Studentship funding commencing October 2021.  The deadline is Friday 20 November 2020.  Email here for guidance and application form.


Southampton innovations for decarbonised shipping integral to proposed Zero-carbon Coastal Highway
Leading maritime engineering experts have set out their vision for a fleet of coastal zero carbon ships to transport goods around the UK’s ports by 2030. The ambitious proposal from Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) would shift transport from already congested road and rail onto water which is already the lowest energy method of goods transport. The Zero-carbon Coastal Highway concept was developed by a core team including experts from the University of Southampton, Shell Shipping & Maritime and the BMT Group. MarRI-UK has submitted a Comprehensive Spending Review bid seeking £530 million of Government co-investment for the programme that could enable the UK to become a leading innovator in the global maritime sector.

SMMI was instrumental in establishing the Southampton Centre for Maritime Futures in partnership with Shell Shipping and Maritime, which includes a key theme on decarbonising shipping. Read more here.

Dr Yikun Wang receives Dean's Award for exceptional contribution to strengthening the relationship between the University and LR
Dr Yikun Wang, Senior Research Fellow within SMMI and the Maritime Engineering Group, has been awarded the Dean’s Award 2020 in the recent FEPS Faculty Forum, “in recognition of her considerable contribution to strengthening the relationship between the University and Lloyd’s Register through her Impact Acceleration Account, resulting in significant output and leading towards long-term benefits to the University”.   The awards for Early Career Researchers, Professional Services and Technical and Experimental staff were announced at the recent virtual Faculty Forum. Winners were selected from a record-breaking total of nominations this summer, reflecting the breadth of colleagues’ efforts to uphold the Faculty’s high standards in challenging circumstances. Yikun's research and industrial fellowship in LR over the last year has resulted in an Impact Acceleration Account (as PI) funding with LR’s in-cash contribution (a total of £110,000).  Read more here.
SMMI to exhibit at virtual Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2020
Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2020, which will be held as a virtual event for the first time from 10–12 November.  As ever, MATS 2020 will feature three-days of exhibits, panel discussions and networking, as well as welcoming a broad roster of speakers from across industry, academia, and government organisations. Each day of the showcase will see leading figures from the world of marine autonomy and technology take to the virtual stage to present on innovative and disruptive technologies, as well as highlighting current developments and future priorities and challenges.  SMMI will have a virtual stand so do come and see us! Student tickets are available.  Read more here.
Southampton marine engineering graduate wins UK 2020 Maritime Masters programme prize

Marine engineering graduate at the University of Southampton Andrea Chipolina has won the 2020 UK Maritime Masters Programme prize for her research into fuel efficiency on autonomous vessels. She beat masters' student researchers presenting virtually from nine participating universities voted on by an audience poll. Andrea's research into 'flapping foil on a wave-powered autonomous vehicle' explored the use of wave-powered flapping foils as a form of propulsion that may contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and environmental impact of vessels at sea. It was found to be ‘compelling and relevant’.  The award was presented by Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, and along with a trophy consists of a cash prize of £1,000 for the winner.  Read more here.

Regional and National Coastal Outreach Opportunity
The Plover Rovers are a group of Marine and Coastal Scientists and Professionals who are working to bring the scientific community and coastal communities together and are currently looking to recruit local partners for their "Talking the Coast" project, which they are aiming to run from March through October 2021. During this project, members of the scientific community will walk stretches of the England Coast Path and deliver talks on their research in the towns, villages and cities they pass through, or on the path itself. By the end of 2021 the Plover Rovers are aiming to have the entirety of the England Coast Path walked by the marine community and have had talks delivered in more than 180 locations. If you are interested please get in touch with SMMI and we will put you in touch with the Local Engagement Officer. Read more about the Plover Rovers here.
Southampton Professor awarded Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

David Owen, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy and SMMI member has been conferred the award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Owen who has been at Southampton since 1995, was elected for his outstanding contribution in applying his knowledge and expertise in social science to education, research and society.

Throughout his career, Professor Owen has published widely on the problems of political community, addressing issues of multiculturalism and, especially, the ethics and politics of migration. He has also written extensively on democratic theory, ranging from foundational to policy-relevant levels of analysis and includes his recent book What do we owe to refugees? which begins with ‘a tale of two ships’ using the cases of the MS St Louis in 1939 and its failed attempt to find refuge in the Americas for Jews fleeing Germany and the SS Aquarius in 2019 whose search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean were obstructed and eventually ended by the actions of EU states to highlight the need for, and current problems, of the international refugee regime. His research is concerned, among other aspects of refugee protection, with how remote control practices such as interdiction at sea and the use of extraterritorial zones at ports undermine routes of safe passage and empower the growing industry of commercial people smuggling and trafficking that is represented in overcrowded boats and high rates of migrant and asylum seeker deaths by drowning.” Read more here.

New paper highlights exploitation and seafarers
A new paper authored by SMMI member Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory has just been published in the Journal of Political Philosophy.  The paper entitled ' Abuse, Exploitation, and Floating Jurisdiction: Protecting Workers at Sea' draws attention to the human rights abuses that afflict some sectors of the global fishing industry. It assesses who might bear moral responsibility for these abuses, and clarifies the role that individuals, corporations, flag states, and coastal states play in sustaining them. It ends with a discussion of some reforms that could promote greater respect for workers' rights, including transparency reforms, the idea of a 'genuine link' between flag states, vessels, and crew, and some more radical reforms to the practice of exclusive flag state jurisdiction. Read the article here.
Future submarine simulator increases efficiency through new command circle

Southampton's Command Teamwork Experimental Test-bed (ComTET) simulates a submarine control room

Pioneering analysis by researchers at the University of Southampton and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has found that Submarine Command teams can improve performance by working in an inward-facing circle configuration. Trials at the University’s Command Teamwork Experimental Test-bed (ComTET), a representative model of a submarine control room, observed greater efficiency and effectiveness when the Officer of the Watch was able to be located in the centre of an inward facing, circular Command team layout. The findings are helping to inform the design of command space in future submarines in order to optimise information flow.  Read more here.

UKRI Future Leaders  Fellowships: application support
Are you considering submitting an application to the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme on a marine or maritime topic?  If so we’d like to help support proposals for round 6 (deadline Jan 2021); from having initial discussion of ideas, through to making links across the University to strengthen your application.   The SMMI represents a wide ranging network of researchers and associated facilities which could be leveraged in support of your ideas. Get in touch if you would like to arrange a meeting.


Research Opportunities

Lloyd’s Register Foundation's small grants scheme - DEADLINE 9 NOVEMBER 2020
This scheme supports a range of activities including public engagement events or exhibitions, travel for research and conferences, organisation of meetings, and research expenses for pilot projects that relate to the charitable mission of Lloyd's Register Foundation.  Further details here.

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation - DEADLINE 30 NOVEMBER 2020
The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation invites applications for its R&D award. This enables R&D establishments and other organisations worldwide to fund an individual or project team to undertake research that has the potential to lead to improvements in spill preparation and response, as well as new techniques for monitoring and restoring environmental resources. Further details here.

Marine Stewardship Council - Science and Research Fund - DEADLINE 6 JANUARY 2021.
This supports research projects that help fisheries meet and maintain sustainability best practice. Projects that focus on ghost gear or endangered, threatened and protected species are particularly welcomed. Proposals that have the potential to benefit multiple fisheries and the wider ocean community are also welcomed. Further details here.


NERC - International ocean discovery programme – workshop funding support scheme - NO DEADLINE
This supports UK scientists in the organisation of, or participation in, IODP-related workshops, sandpits, training, outreach or other events. Eligible workshops must make use of IODP samples, data or results, or involve planning for the collection of such materials. Further details here.

Overseas Development Assistance Global Challenges Research Fund (ODA-GCRF) - Strategic Development fund - APPLY NOW - NO DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
This fund is a key element of our University’s ODA-GCRF strategy and is made up from a ring-fenced part of our GCRF-Quality Research (QR) allocation, augmented by funds secured from UKRI and other sources. The SDF supports activities that further our University’s ODA-GCRF ambitions and priorities, and that are ODA-compliant.  Applications are invited from academic colleagues who are engaged in, or are interested in, getting involved in ODA activities. The application form and guidance can be found here.  Enquiries here.

NERC-NSF joint funding - NO DEADLINE
This enables UK and US environmental scientists to collaborate on discovery science projects and tackle global environmental challenges. Proposals must be an integrated UK-US effort to address a research topic of interest to both NERC and a relevant NSF division that would benefit from a collaborative approach.  Further details here.


3 November 2020 - Webinar on summer research opportunities for 2021
Operation Wallacea will shortly be opening positions for our 2021 expeditions. These expeditions are especially relevant to those studying biology, geography and environmental science – information can be found below and here.
5 November 2020 - Annual Joint Seminar - Sustainability: The Subsea Industry and the Evolution of Energy - Online event
The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland and The International Marine Contractors Association are holding a popular annual joint seminar.  This seminar aims to consider technology developments which may be applied to improve the sustainability of energy? How can the knowledge base of the oil & gas industry support an energy transition, and how can the renewables industry feed knowledge back to improve the efficiency of oil & gas operations? Read more here.

9-10 November 2020 - Future Fuels & Hydrogen Economy - Virtual online conference
Explore the alternative fuel options to meet 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets. Explore the alternative fuel options on fuel selection for shipping and energy sectors.  Hear from industry representatives on alternative fuels infrastructure, trade, regulations and financing.  Read more here.

10-12 November 2020 - Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2020 - Virtual Event
In the light of the ongoing challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has taken the decision to deliver the event as an online conference for the first time. The approach has been strongly supported by the industry and academic advisors who sit on the event delivery committee. MATS 2020 will still feature high quality presentations from key figures in the marine technology sector, as well as industry exhibitors, and those crucial networking opportunities that delegates value. Our expert session chairs have already been confirmed and we will be announcing the keynotes and registration details in the coming weeks. Read more here.

16-17 November 2020 - Biofouling virtual global seminar
The IMO presents the next steps for controlling biofouling and invasive species.  Management and prevention of biofouling.  Find out what best practice looks like.  Discover the latest solutions. Read more here.

23-24 November 2020 - 1st International Conference on Maritime Education and Development (ICMED) - Durban, South Africa
The purpose of this conference is exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas in the domain of its thematic areas, with the ultimate goal of generating new knowledge and implementing smart strategies and actions. Read more here.

24 November 2020 - Cables 2020 - Virtual event
Cables2020 will tackle the big questions around subsea cables through information sharing and industry-led problem-solving to help drive improvements, enable cross-industry collaboration and ensure companies are maximising on the global opportunity. Read more here.

2-4 December 2020 - Salvage & Wreck Removal Virtual Conference
Collaboration cooperation and risk management for casualty response and wreck removal. Read more here.

7 December 2020 - Digitalisation of the Oceans Virtual Conference
Entering a digital era in the maritime industry.  Join us for a one-day online conference on shipping technologies and digital improvements.  Read more here.

2-5 February 2021 - SMM  Hamburg
The Leading International Trade Show for Shipbuilding, Marine and Maritime Industries is where the key players of the various sectors discuss and introduce solutions that define benchmarks for the age of Green and Smart Shipping. The bi-annual trade fair and its accompanying conferences offer an unparalleled platform for inspiration, networking and business for exhibitors and visitors. Read more here.

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