Date: Wed 12 Oct 2016

Marine conservation awards open for student entries

27th September, London: Having launched the Awards in April, the P1 Marine Foundation 2016 National Student Awards in partnership with The Crown Estate and supported by the Marine Conservation Society and Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, remain open for entries for undergraduate and postgraduate students until 2nd December.

UK students in higher education, in any course, are invited to submit projects focused on the conservation and innovative sustainable development of the marine and coastal environment. This year also sees the addition of an exciting new category for Seabed Innovation sponsored by The Crown Estate.

“We’re delighted to be supporting this new category for Seabed Innovation, which will help ensure we continue to unlock the potential of this fantastic natural resource over the long term, from enhancing precious natural habitats and sustainably using our natural resources through to unlocking the potential of offshore energy” said Olivia Thomas, Marine Policy Officer at The Crown Estate.

2016 National Student Awards

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2016 National Student Awards

The P1 Marine Foundation Awards include £1000 for the winner and £500 for one runner up, with the additional Seabed Innovation prize of £500 from The Crown Estate and Wakefield Memorial Award of £500 from Marine Conservation Society. The Award winners will also have the opportunity to present their research projects to businesses, NGOs and academics at a special presentation evening.

The entries will be judged by a panel of scientists, leading academics and environmentalists. The panel will be looking for projects with environmental merit, originality, practicality and ground-breaking content.

Last year’s Awards attracted high-quality entries from students throughout the UK. The winner Alice McNeal from University of Exeter, was awarded the top prize for her ground-breaking project ‘Plankton eating plastic: worth worrying about?’.

“We are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic initiative. Ultimately these projects will contribute towards the next generation of marine research” Dr Bev MacKenzie, Technical and Policy Director, IMarEST

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

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