Email News October 2017

Welcome to the October 2017 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

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Posted 2017-09-13 14:20:43

Find out why marine research is so important for all our lives via the COLUMBUS film

COLUMBUS which is an EU funded project looking to capitalise on the European Commission's investment in marine and maritime research has put together a short but very illuminating film demonstrating the importance of marine research on all our lives.

The highly informative film can be viewed at the following location:

Marine South East is a partner in this important project, more details of which can be found at

Posted 2017-09-29 14:14:52

National Shipbuilding Strategy published

The long-awaited National Shipbuilding Strategy which sets out a 30 year plan for naval shipbuilding and takes account of the recommendations by Sir John Parker has been published.

The report confirms that exportability will be embedded in future shipbuilding designs and heralds a greater co-ordination across government to support export campaigns.

Building on the government's industrial strategy, the report outlines an ambition to transform the procurement of naval ships, make the UK's maritime industry more competitive, grow the Royal Navy fleet by the 2030s, export British ships overseas, and boost innovation, skills, jobs, and productivity across the UK.

More information and a link to download the full strategy can be found at the following link:

Posted 2017-09-13 15:14:40

Business Growth Grants for Dorset companies

The Dorset Business Growth Programme grant schemes (part-funded by ERDF) have recently been launched and companies can submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) forms.

Please note this is subject to SME's being eligible for funding and in most cases, providing match funding.

Also note, grants are only available to those who engage (or have engaged) with the Dorset Growth Hub for business support.

Grants available as follows:

Grants up to £500

Grants up to £1500

Grants up to £25,000.00

For more information please visit:

where you can find forms and guidance notes.

Return completed Expression Of Interest forms can be sent back to

Posted 2017-09-13 14:29:29

Warsash Maritime Academy's new £6 million maritime campus unveiled

Southampton Solent University is proud to open the doors to its new home for officer cadet training and first certification courses, previously taught on the top site at Warsash Maritime Academy.

Situated in St Mary’s campus within the grounds of City College - just a short walk from Southampton’s city centre – the new facilities will open for officer cadets on 18 September 2017.

Officer Cadets will have access to a wide range of facilities at the St Mary’s campus, including brand new engineering workshops, a welding area and electrical and control laboratories, along with an ECDIS simulator suite and Marine-Electro-Technical Officer (METO) workshops.

Just a ten-minute walk from the University’s main campus on East Park Terrace, officer cadets will also be able to take full advantage of a 24-hour library (term time), learning resource centre, sports facilities and student union. A stone’s throw from the city centre, students will also be on the doorstep to a wide range of local amenities.

Practical short courses and teaching for the fire school, maritime safety and offshore, first aid and medical, and seamanship courses, remain at the waterside, lower site of the current Warsash Maritime Academy campus, with investment plans for new and redeveloped facilities.

Future development phases will involve teaching provision for senior officers and superyacht certification relocating to the University’s main campus, along with bridge, engine and liquid cargo simulation courses and maritime professional development programmes.

Posted 2017-09-13 15:28:10

Accelerating Growth: Accessing the Right Finance & Expertise, 2nd October 2017, Portsmouth

The Space Sector - Think it might not be relevant to your company? Think again!

The UK Government is investing heavily in the Space Sector and just this year £99m was announced to fund a National Satellite Testing Facility in Oxfordshire, plus an additional £4m for a National Space Propulsion Facility.

The Space Sector forms a key part of the Government's Industrial Strategy to spread economic growth across the UK and so there are plenty of exciting opportunities for both space and non-space companies to play a role in this growth and benefit from the impact of these investments.

Owners and directors of start-ups, growing businesses and high-growth SMEs across the Region are invited to attend this event, which will provide expert knowledge on a range of funding options to support the growth of their enterprise. This event is not exclusively for those working in the space-related sector but is for those entrepreneurs who are keen to exploit satellite data services for commercial gain, or those who are wondering what opportunities are available in and around the space sector that could be of interest.

The South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications event will see a number of high-profile speakers offering their expertise on a range of different funding avenues available to local SMEs and start-ups who are operating not just in the space-related sector but to any company interested in understanding the opportunities the sector has to offer.

Delegates will also get to her about how local marine company ASV became the success it is within the region - a company that you may not think of as space-related, but who uses satellite data as part of its core business and who works in an area of expertise that is very relevant to space.

In addition, we will be launching two unique regional funding opportunities through the Space to Accelerate Programme and the South Coast SME Innovation Initiative.

This event will take place on October 2nd 2017 at the Portsmouth Technopole and is free of charge.

For more information please visit:

Posted 2017-09-29 16:03:22

Kormarine Brochure Display Offer - deadline for shipping 6th October 2017

Kormarine is a key show in the global maritime calendar of events. The Society of Maritime Industries is offering companies the chance to enhance their presence at the show by taking part in their Brochure Disply Offer.

The SMI will display your brochures in the UK pavilion lounge and re-stock them throughout the show. The cost is £200 which includes the shipping of one A4 box weighing no more than 10kg.

Boxes need to be with the shipping company before 6th October 2017.

For more information please contact for a booking form.

Posted 2017-09-29 15:57:11

COLUMBUS Achieving Impact from Marine Research conference, 6th-7th November 2017, Brussels

COLUMBUS is an international forum to bring together actors interested in sharing best practice and learning about initiatives and progress in knowledge transfer.

The 'Achieving Impact from Marine Research' COLUMBUS conference will offer an opportunity to collaboratively explore the barriers and challenges and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research, at all stages of the funding cycle.

The conference, taking place November 6th/7th 2017 in Brussels is intended for all those who are invested in achieving greater impact from marine and maritime research such as funding agencies and evaluators, impact professionals, research organisations, potential users of research findings (eg industry and policy) and researchers themselves.

Session 1: COLUMBUS Scene Setting, Insights and Experience

COLUMBUS partners will introduce the objectives and key achievements of the COLUMBUS project to-date.

Session 2: Success in Knowledge Transfer

This session will celebrate impact achieved by European Commission-funded marine and maritime research projects. Examples with application of knowledge by new end-users including policy, industry, science and society.

Session 3: Towards a Future of Impactful Research

The research system needs to be examined to identify potential improvements and efficiencies to support increased impact from research. Solutions could include the incentivisation of impact beyond publications; brokerage roles between policy, industry and academia; or, funding systems that better support early-stage innovations. In this session, COLUMBUS will facilitate this conversation through
active discussions framed by presentations by keynote speakers.

Blue Society Award Ceremony
The winner of the COLUMBUS Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer will be presented during the conference. Please visit the website for further information on the nomination process.

To register for interest for this event please contact Cliona Ni Cheallachairn or visit

Posted 2017-06-14 17:37:36