Science and Technology Committee Announcement

Session 2009-10

2 February 2010


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced today the creation of a new, national research organisation that will work in partnership with the UK marine research community to deliver integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

Commenting on the announcement, Phil Willis MP, Chairman of the Committee, said:

"In our 2007 report Investigating the Oceans, we argued that the importance of marine ecosystems was underappreciated. We welcome the creation of a National Oceanography Centre. We hope that it will realise our vision for marine research that is more coordinated, better resourced and has a higher profile."

Details of NERC's announcement are at

The Science and Technology Committee's Tenth Report of Session 2006-07, Investigating the Oceans, is at