Date of release: Monday, July 25, 2016

The role of the sea in society: Conference at GreenwichThe limited awareness of the importance of the sea for millions of people worldwide.

Society and the Sea will highlight some of the key maritime challenges and solutions facing society today. Organised by the university's Greenwich Maritime Centre, the event will take place on 15 and 16 September.

The centre's director, Dr Tim Acott, says: "The conference is wide ranging and will draw from science and technology, through to the arts and humanities, to bring novel perspectives on some of the most pressing challenges for the maritime world."

Speakers from organisations including the United Nations Environment Programme, the New Economics Foundation, the Greenwich Forum, the Norwegian Centre for Maritime Medicine and the Sustainable Shipping Initiative will give keynote presentations.

The conference will take place in the unique setting of the Old Royal Naval College, home to the university's largest campus.

Launched earlier this year, the Greenwich Maritime Centre was set up to promote a greater understanding of the relationships between sea and society, and to develop sustainable solutions for maritime issues. It carries out teaching and research activities, runs an MA programme in International Maritime Policy, and is developing new courses in undergraduate programmes.

Its research initiatives cover topics such as responsible tourism, small-scale fisheries, digital technologies, ship design, and maritime safety and evacuation.

The call for conference papers has been extended to 1 August. To find out more about Society and the Sea: http://www.gre.ac.uk/society-and-the-sea 

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