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Partner Presentation

The University of Southampton (Southampton), one of the leading universities in Britain, was founded in 1952 and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of U.K. Universities. Southampton is an excellent venue for conducting cutting-edge research and for providing high-quality education, and has been ranked 96th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. It has been ranked 8th in the U.K. for research, and has 97% of its research environment rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework, 2014; REF2014).

It has more than 17,000 undergraduate and 7,000 postgraduate students from over 140 different countries. In 2016/17 alone Southampton received over €150M in research grants and contracts, including over €17M from the European Commission. Southampton has a successful track record of industrial collaborations and is at the centre of a cluster of local high-technology companies. It has an enviable track record in the generation of patentable work, with a portfolio of over 250 patents. To ensure the impact of its research projects, University of Southampton’s Research & Innovation Services (R&IS) is responsible for professional protection of IP and supporting commercial development with industry.

R&IS has had considerable success, as a world-leading business incubator, and has launched 28 spin-out companies since 2000. Southampton has also a strong record of accomplishment of working in European projects, especially within the Framework Programme. The EC 7th FP7 Monitoring Report ranked Southampton 15th out of all higher and secondary education organisations for number of participations during 2007-2013. Throughout the FP7, Southampton received over €125M in research grants and was involved in 318 projects, including 12 Environment Collaborative Projects. Since the start of H2020, Southampton has been awarded 109 grants worth over €73M (EC Participant Portal).

Role in project

Southampton (A. Naveira Garabato) leads the science workpackage on the Weddell Polynya (WP4), and contributes to that on upper-ocean ventilation pathways (WP2). Southampton’s contribution entails the design and coordination of the WP4 observational campaign in the Polynya area; the analysis of the measurements obtained by that campaign; and the participation in the analysis of WP4 model experiments and of WP2 measurements of upper-ocean ventilation processes.

Key Personnel

Alberto Naveira Garabato

Professor of Physical Oceanography

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