We have built a strong reputation for programme management over
many years. Our teams provide the secretariats and associated
co-ordinating functions for high-profile partnerships such as the
Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership (MCCIP) and a number of
other programmes (listed by themes, and then alphabetically
The breadth of our expertise, the quality of our
science and advice, plus our wide-ranging contacts - from the
EU to industry, in the public and private sectors - mean that
we are well-placed to offer a knowledgable, in-depth and efficient
service. We offer trusted and valued programme management for
many of our established customers.
Animal and human health
- Fish Health Inspectorate
- The aim of the Inspectorate is to prevent the introduction and
spread of serious fish and shellfish disease in England and Wales.
It does this through monitoring programmes at fish farms,
inspections at ports, disease eradication measures, and advice to
fish traders and anglers.
- Biotoxins in
shellfish - food safety
- Our scientists monitor the food safety of fish and shellfish
for the Food Standards Agencies across Great Britain.
We undertake hygiene monitoring and sanitary surveys
in harvesting areas, and routinely test for algal biotoxins in
Collaborating Centre for Information on Aquatic Animal
- The OIE (Office International des Epizooties) collaboration
centre was established to provide delegates of member countries
with data and published scientific information about
OIE-listed aquatic animal diseases.
- Registry of Aquatic
- A unique reference collection of specimens showing pathological
conditions caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites, as well
as environmentally induced pathologies.
BEQUALM: quality-assurance programme
- This EU-funded programme (Biological Effects Quality Assurance
in Monitoring Programmes: BEQUALM) has developed appropriate
quality standards for a wide range of biological effects
techniques, and devised a method for monitoring laboratories'
compliance in generating data from these techniques.
- Marine Climate Change Impacts
- This partnership provides a co-ordinating framework within the
UK for the transfer of high-quality marine climate change impacts
evidence and advice to policy advisors and decision-makers. It
enables its partners to individually and collectively plan for the
challenges and opportunities presented by the impacts of climate
- The aim of this work was to encourage debate about alternative
futures for marine ecosystems, and to develop a series of scenarios
that can be used by government and other stakeholders for strategic
Environment and ecosystems
- The British Energy Estuarine and Marine Studies (BEEMS)
programme is an integrated suite of marine environmental studies
funded by EDF Energy (formerly British Energy). It is providing
scientific information about marine and transitional waters near
potential sites for new-build nuclear power stations in the
- Clean Seas
Environment Monitoring Programme
- Previously known as the National Marine Monitoring Programme
(NMMP), this ensures that marine monitoring in the UK is undertaken
in a co-ordinated way. High-quality, standardised data to detect
long-term trends is collected during annual multidisciplinary
- European Marine
- The European Marine Ecosystem Observatory (EMECO) consortium is
integrating environmental monitoring, ecosystem modelling, and
coastal and ocean research to improve understanding of the status
of, and predict future changes in, ecosystem structure and
- Marine Aggregate Levy
- The government imposes a levy on all primary aggregate
production (including marine aggregates) to reflect the
environmental cost of winning these materials. A proportion of the
revenue generated is used to provide funding for research aimed at
minimising the effects of aggregate production. This programme
commissions, co-ordinates and produces those research outputs.
- Marine ecosystem
- The main objective of this programme is to determine the
key ecosystem connections that are susceptible to change. By
identifying the state of the ecosystem it will be possible to
set boundaries for acceptable change and help to avoid the
irretrievable breakdown of ecosystem health.
- Offshore Chemical Notification
- This programme manages the UK and Netherlands' offshore
petroleum industries' chemical use and discharge. The scheme
applies to all chemicals used in the exploration, exploitation and
associated offshore processing of petroleum on the UK Continental
- Pollution Response
in Emergencies - Marine Impace Assessment and Monitoring
- This Defra-funded project has two fundamental
objectives: to develop marine assessment and monitoring
guidelines; and to develop and maintain a network of scientific and
logistical parterners to deliver integrated and co-ordinated
emergency response services and post-incident support.
collaborative monitoring programme
- This is a joint monitoring programme in the southern North Sea
designed to improve our understanding of environmental variability
and ecosystem functioning.
- A programme providing real-time wave and wind data from around
the English and Welsh coastline. This helps the Environment
Agency, the Met Office and the Scottish Environmental Protection
Agency to make informed decisions about potential storm and flood
- Fisheries Science
- A government-funded programme to build a closer relationship
between UK fishermen and scientists, and to involve fishermen in
the co-commissioning of science. Established in 2003-04, the
success of this programme has led to similar models being set up in
Europe (see GAP2, below), and to the secretariat being recognised
at the national Civil Service Awards in 2008.
- An EU-funded programme that supports the development of
innovative fisheries management in Europe. Science and fisheries
industry partners are collaborating in participatory research.
- A European scientific research project that aims to resolve
some of the mysteries of eel biology, and to use this information
to help conserve European eel stocks. The project is
integrating techniques such as animal tracking, genetics and
advanced mathematical modelling.