Anchors Aweigh as research ship opens its doors to Liverpool youngsters

On board Discovery

The rich maritime history of Liverpool was celebrated aboard the Royal Research Ship (RSS) Discovery as the region’s school children got a glimpse into what a career in marine sciences and engineering at LJMU might be like.

Thanks to a collaboration between LJMU and its partners via MNCO (Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach), including the National Oceanographic Centres in Liverpool and Southampton, LJMU’s outreach team gave the youngsters a day to remember on board the newest and most advanced scientific research ship in the world.

Usually found in remote oceanic areas trying to solve environmental issues, the “floating laboratory” moored for several days last week on the Liverpool Waterfront at Princes Parade and opened its door for guided tours.


Emma Smith, a WiSTEM Project Officer and Outreach worker said: “The event was an excellent opportunity to showcase the connection between the two great Maritime institutions of Liverpool and Southampton, and between LJMU and the University of Liverpool whilst inspiring school students in Merseyside to consider the wide range of careers available in Marine Sciences, Maritime Studies and Engineering.”

This event which teachers youngsters about environmental science tied in to the Challenger Society for Marine Outreach Conference that was held in Liverpool in early September. A group of students from Liverpool Life Sciences UTC (University Technical College) attended a special academic poster session during the conference and have since created their own research posters that are being displayed during the RRS Discovery visit.


As well as a tour through the labyrinthine corridors and rooms of the ship, the children also had lessons in marine sciences and engineering by the university’s students in the hope of fostering a new generation of budding marine scientists.

Emma added: “I hope it provided an exciting look into marine science for the youngsters and hopefully will get them asking deeper questions of the city’s rich maritime history and encourage them to consider a career in such a varied and fulfilling field.

“It is an especially exciting time for Liverpool and Marine Science as a contract for the building of the new NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) vessel, the RRS David Attenborough has been awarded to Cammell Lairds in Birkenhead which will provide much opportunity for further investigation and study.”

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