Awards Support Student Research for Marine Conservation

2013 Awards winners; Ilaria Spiga, Thomas Stringell and Lisa Reilly

2013 Awards winners; Ilaria Spiga, Thomas Stringell and Lisa Reilly

On World Environment Day (June 5), P1 Marine Foundation has announced the launch of its third annual National Student Awards to support student research that will help protect the marine environment.

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year World Environment Day is focused on Small Island Developing States in the broader context of climate change as its theme as they play an important role in protecting the oceans and many are biodiversity hotspots.

The 2014 National Student Awards, conceived and launched by P1 Marine Foundation in 2011, are open to students studying on any course at any level of higher education in the UK. Students are invited to submit projects that will benefit the marine environment and have a positive and sustainable impact. The deadline for entries is 12th December.

The Awards winner and two runners up will each receive funding for their project and the opportunity to present their research to businesses, NGOs and academics at the Awards evening. The prizes include £1000 for the winner and two runners up will each receive £500. All three students will receive a SONY Xperia mobile each.

The entries will be judged by a panel of scientists, leading academics and environmentalists which includes Dr Trevor Dixon, Marine Pollution Specialist at Advisory Committee of the Protection of the Sea and Kirsty Schneeberger who has received an MBE for services to environmental conservation. The panel will be looking for projects with environmental merit, originality, practicality and ground-breaking content.

P1 Marine Foundation director Roy Mantle said: “The focus of our major programmes within the Foundation is on schools and universities, and we believe that our Awards play a valuable role in encouraging students to help shape the future of our oceans through outstanding research projects.”

Last year’s Awards attracted high-quality entries from students throughout the UK. The winning project came from Lisa Reilly at the University of Liverpool for her project on 'Utilising GIS to enhance marine conservation'. Ilaria Spiga from the University of Newcastle and Thomas Stringell from Exeter University received the runners up prizes. Their respective projects were ‘The effects of anthropogenic noise on fish behaviour’ and ‘Population dynamics of sea turtles under harvest’. The three students are pictured above at the 2013 Awards ceremony at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

For more information or to enter, please visit: www.p1marinefoundation.com/Awards.ink