Exploring the Deep Oceans: Marine Science at Southampton

Tuesday 18 October 2016 -
18:30 to 19:30
Exploring the Deep Oceans: part of the British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series

British High Commission and British Council proudly present

Exploring the Deep Oceans: Marine Science at Southampton

With Professor Rachel A Mills, Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences. University of Southampton

Special Guest Introduction by

Professor Wong Sek Man, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.Director, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore.


Southampton has a distinctive marine pedigree with world leading expertise and research facilities in oceanography, past and future climate change, seafloor energy and resources, geohazards, ship science and maritime engineering, and maritime law, archaeology and history. Southampton hosts one of the world’s premier oceanographic institutes (the National Oceanography Centre Southampton), the Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics and the Institute for Maritime Law. Ocean, atmospheric, and polar sciences have traditionally relied on an “expedition” mode of operation, where small regions of the Earth are observed at scales and frequencies far greater than those at which they change. Southampton is leading a technological revolution where robust miniaturised chemical, biological and physical sensors, mounted on intelligent autonomous platforms are able to undertake complex missions and continuously measure critical parameters in often hostile remote regions, at the temporal and spatial scales at which the environment is changing. Professor Mills will discuss the development of new approaches to exploration of the deep ocean and the opportunities for closer partnership working between the UK and Singapore.  Professor Mills will also showcase the research, education and enterprise activity at Southampton University and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton as well as providing an overview of their ambition for the future.

About the Speakers:

Professor Rachel Mills

Professor Rachel Mills became Dean of Natural and Environmental Sciences on 01 March 2016.  Rachel is also currently Head of Ocean and Earth Science, based at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.  Prior to this Rachel was Associate Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences.  She was Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics from 2009-2010 and Deputy Head of School (Education Development), School of Ocean and Earth Science from 2005-2009.

Rachel’s research into the earth-ocean system has focused on deep sea hydrothermal vents and improving the understanding of how material is transported into the oceans and its impact on life processes.

Rachel is an alumna of the University, graduating with the first cohort of 12 oceanography students in 1988.  She gained a PhD in marine geochemistry from the University of Cambridge before returning to the University in 1993 as a lecturer in oceanography.

Over the course of her career at Southampton she has led research expeditions to remote and deep, unexplored parts of the ocean, graduated more than 20 PhD students, developed undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes including a massive open online course ‘exploring our oceans’, and provided advice and direction for a range of international and UK funding bodies and high profile projects.

Professor Wong Sek Man

BSc (Biology), Nanyang University, Singapore. 1980.

MSc (Plant Pathology), West Virginia University, USA. 1983.

PhD (Plant Pathology) from Cornell University, USA. 1987.

Joined NUS in 1987 as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Professor.

Currently teach in Department of Biological Sciences, NUS.
Website: Plant Molecular Virology Lab

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

Director, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore.

Recent Research interest:
QTL mapping of NNV resistance in seabass, aquaculture.

Research Interests:

Molecular biology of plant and fish viruses.

Virus replication and translation mechanisms.

Virus-virus and virus-host interactions.

Virus novel gene functions.


The lecture will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at Eden Hall, 28 Nassim Road, 258403

6.00 p.m. - Welcome and registration

6.30 p.m. - Introductions including Professor Wong Sek Man

6.45 p.m. - Lecture by Professor Rachel Mills

7.30 p.m. - Networking Reception

8.30 p.m. - Event close

For security reasons please bring along a copy of your ticket confirmation with photo ID . No parking is allowed on the premises but limited parking will be available along Nassim Road. If guests need any special assistance please inform the event organiser in advance. Please note that bags, with the exception of handbags, are not permitted on the premises.

If you require any further details please email: education@britishcouncil.org.sg