UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WIN MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

London 21st September: The P1 Marine Foundation National Student Awards 2012 was held last night at the National Geographic Store in Knightsbridge, London where Undergraduate and Postgraduate students were honoured for their outstanding projects that will have a positive and sustainable impact on the marine environment.

The winners were Douglas Conway from Newcastle University in the Undergraduate category who designed a combined alternative energy solution of tidal and wind power. Paul Barker from Loughborough University, whose research is based on real time sonar measurement and how this affects marine life, was successful in the Postgraduate category.

“I am delighted to have won the inaugural undergraduate P1 Marine Foundation award. The work that P1 Marine Foundation are doing is fantastic and I hope to be able to work with them more to encourage and enthuse the next group of students to achieve the same, if not more.” said Douglas Conway.

The entries were judged by; Paul Holthus, Executive Director of World Ocean Council, Dr Trevor Dixon, Marine Pollution Specialist at Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea; and Kirsty Schneeberger MBE, Senior Policy Officer for Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

Kirsty Schneeberger presented the two winners with a trophy and £2,000 cheque to further develop their studies. “They are about the future of our oceans and the legacy we are going to leave” Kirsty said about the National Student Awards. “The judges were looking for practical applications and projects that ‘think outside of the box’. The projects we selected talk about how we are going to protect the oceans and conserve them so that in 500 years time they are still as bountiful as today.”

Entries were received from students in a variety of disciplines at universities throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

P1 Marine Foundation aims to maintain strong ties with academic institutions in the UK who are pursuing ground-breaking research by recognising and supporting their role and awarding their outstanding students.

For further information, please contact Sabrina Taseer, P1 Marine Foundation Projects and Development Manager, by email: sabrina@p1marinefoundation.com

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