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Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute - SMMI

SMMI - Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) is a unique, internationally recognised centre of excellence for research, innovation and education.

SMMI work spans both the natural ocean environment (marine) and human use of the sea (maritime). The SMMI ambition is to become the world’s leading institute for marine and maritime research, innovation and education.

The group are achieving this by creating interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships both inside and outside the university covering humanities, natural, physical and social sciences. Knowledge generated through collaborative research is applied in teaching to create the next generation of marine and maritime professionals. 

The University of Southampton is to play a major role in a new national centre that will grow and transform the UK’s major infrastructure sectors including transport, energy systems, clean water supplies, waste management and flood defences.

Southampton is one of 14 universities working in partnership with industry and government as part of the £138m UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities network (UKCRIC). This will be expanded over the coming years with more national and international partners, both university and commercial.

Southampton’s contribution to UKCRIC is a new £36m National Infrastructure Laboratory, based at the University’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus, which is also home to Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre and further major facilities including a 138-metre towing tank and other advanced fluid dynamics experimental facilities. The Laboratory will house state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for geomechanics, heavy structures, solid mechanics and infrastructure engineering.

With a global value worth £2 trillion, the marine market continues to grow across continents. In the EU, 90% of external trade and 40% of internal trade is seaborne. 1200 ports cater for 3.5 billion tonnes of cargo and 350 million passengers. SMMI is a distributed community of academics and researchers located throughout Southampton and around the world. The SMMI focus on trade and transport globally is transforming the safety of ships, the goods they transport and the people onboard.

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