Live-stream: Stanley Gray Lecture - Exploring our Inner Space

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Live-stream of the Stanley Gray Lecture - Exploring our Inner Space: Why deep-ocean science is important for a sustainable blue economy

This year's Stanley Gray Lecture will presented by Professor Alex David Rogers, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford & Nekton Science Director.

The deep-sea is the largest ecosystem on Earth and hosts a remarkable variety of habitats and species. Scientists are only just beginning to understand how these ecosystems function and the services they provide for humankind. Yet a tiny fraction of this mysterious realm has been explored with less people having visited the Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean, than have been to the moon.

Professor Alex Rogers will reveal recent discoveries in the deep ocean with examples from Nekton’s Mission One, part of the 'XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey', along with research at the University of Oxford’s Ocean Research and Conservation Group.

Past efforts at exploiting deep-sea resources have caused significant damage to biodiversity hotspots such as seamounts and cold-water coral reefs. New areas of economic activity such as renewable energy and marine mining are on the horizon. It is critical that new knowledge is generated to ensure that such activities go ahead on a sustainable basis.

Professor Rogers, Nekton Science Director will also discuss Nekton’s Mission 2 to the Indian Ocean 2018 to 2020 to explore the Bathyal Zone (200 – 3000m depth), the part of the deep sea with the greatest biodiversity. Nekton’s Mission will create a step change in our knowledge and understanding of the Indian Ocean, establishing the first baseline of its marine life and impacts of human activity. Nekton’s discoveries generate actionable data to catalyse policy to accelerate its sustainable governance and ignite public interest to give decision makers the public mandate to act.

Brief history of the Stanley Gray lecture series

The IMarEST Stanley Gray Lectures (and the annual Stanley Gray Awards) are named in memory of Stanley Gray who was the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the Port Directorate of Basra during the 1950s & 60s. When he died in 1973, he left half his estate to be held by the Institute in trust to create the Stanley Gray Fund. He expressed the wish that the money should be awarded via a scholarship or prize to wherever the Institute saw distinction in Marine Engineering. This remit has been expanded following due process to include Marine Science and Technology. The Stanley Gray Series of prestige lectures, launched in 2002, is held to mark his generosity to, and patronage of the Institute.

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