The University of East Anglia and the Lowestoft-based Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is to launch a strategic alliance to boost understanding of the pressures of global climate change on the fragile marine environment. The aim is to produce high-quality science that will influence policy-making, economic development and improve quality of life.
The joint venture includes a UEA-Cefas lectureship in marine ecosystem services, with a new lecturer being appointed to start in Autumn 2008. The two organisations then hope to develop a new degree course in marine environmental management.
The official launch of the alliance takes place on the 17th April 2008, when UEA vice-chancellor Bill Macmillan and Cefas chief executive Richard Judge will sign an agreement. On the day, a series of scientific presentations will cover areas where there is potential for further collaboration with topics including coastal erosion, marine ecosystems, pollution, climate change, social sciences, marine policy and oceanography.
Prof Macmillan said: ‘This is a high priority for government and the forthcoming Marine Bill will focus further attention in this area.’
Dr Richard Judge added: ‘This step-change in our existing relationship offers mutual benefit to both partners. It will provide access to funding and influence that could be very beneficial to our understanding of key scientific and environmental issues.’