Subsea UK has announced that the industry body’s vision of the UK becoming a subsea global centre of excellence was taking a step forward with the creation of a national research capability focused on the sector
This month at Subsea 09, Suibsea UK will launch the National Subsea Research Institute (NSRI) in the presence of Scotland’s Secretary of State, Jim Murphy.
Subsea UK and the Northern Research Partnership in Engineering (NRPe) – which comprises Aberdeen, Dundee and The Robert Gordon universities – have been working together over the last 10 months or so to establish the NSRI, setting out its mission and objectives and agreeing the means of delivery. The overarching aim is to come up with the next generation of subsea technology and skills, so helping to sustain Britain’s leading position around the world in all things subsea.
Speaking on behalf of the three universities, Professor Albert Rodger, vice principal and head of the College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, and also chief executive of the NSRI, said: “NSRI is developing its own research focus and core strengths in areas not presently being addressed by other research establishments. We will proactively develop strategic relationships with other R&D providers in the UK and overseas as well as linking in to other national and international research projects.”
Subsea 09 takes place on February 11-12 at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.