In partnership to develop a deeper scientific understanding about how the ocean is changing and inspire a new generation of students to study ocean science.
Nekton’s mission is to explore the deep ocean.
Nekton was created to increase scientific and public understanding of the deep ocean through scientific research, inspirational storytelling and education, and highlighting the urgent need for a coherent global policy for sustainably managing the ocean.
The work of the Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute (Nekton) covers five main areas of operations that anchored around major Missions of exploration:
Deep ocean research: Nekton launches multi-disciplinary, collaborative scientific research Missions in the upper 3000m of the ocean, from the surface into the Bathyal Zone (200m to 3000m), the home of the greatest biodiversity in the ocean. The Missions develop and deploy pioneering new standardized approaches and technologies to accelerate scientific discovery and create a baseline of the scale and distribution of marine life and impacts of human activity. Mission I 2016-2018: Bermuda & NW Atlantic (‘XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey), Mission II: Indian Ocean 2018-2021.
Storytelling: No longer will the deep ocean be out of sight and out of mind. The transparent hulls of Nekton’s submersibles enable global audiences to witness people in the deep ocean, creating a vital human link that can change our relationship with the ocean forever. The voyage of Nekton’s aquanauts into the last, great, unknown frontier on our planet is the next epic story of human endeavour, amplifying ocean issues and providing political, business and civil society leaders with a public mandate to act.
Education: Nekton’s educational program (‘Submarine STEM’) brings the ocean to the classrooms of the world. The ocean continues to be overlooked in science and geography syllabuses compared to terrestrial ecosystems. And as the shuttles became icons of space exploration, Nekton’s Missions and submersibles can embody our next global odyssey. They are the ideal vehicles to inspire young people’s interest in, and knowledge of, the ocean, marine science, technology and engineering.
Policy: The sustainable governance of the ocean is being hampered by a lack of scientific knowledge. Global policy-makers need actionable, open-access data about the state of the ocean to make better and informed decisions. Nekton is not an advocacy organization, and produces actionable open-access datasets, technical policy reports and new management tools from their Missions to help to inform and catalyse local and global policies to accelerate sustainable ocean governance.
Capacity Building & Development: The implementation of new management solutions and environmental impact assessments, requires major international, regional and local development in human capacity across marine science, conservation and ocean management. From ship to shore and throughout all of Nekton’s Missions, local and regional scientists, policy-makers and marine managers are integrally involved supported through coordinated programmes of Grants, training and career research exchanges.
The Nekton Alliance
Nekton work in partnership with an Alliance of world leading organisations across marine science, technology, ocean policy, business, communications and civil society. Alliance members, numbering forty for Mission I, are working together to combine resources to deploy Missions into the deep ocean, undertake scientific research, global communications of its research findings, educational content and the acceleration of global policy initiatives.
Nekton Deep Ocean Research Institute is a UK registered charity, based in Oxford, UK.
IMarEST TV recording of the 11 July 2018 Stanley Gray Lecture presented by Oliver Steeds, Founder of Nekton Deep Ocean Explorationan, that was live-streamed from The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, UK. Watch Now on IMarEST TV (IMarEST Members…
Results from Nekton Mission I, the XL Catlin Deep Ocean Survey, launched today in Bermuda ahead of the Ocean Risk Summit confirms the discovery of a new zone in the ocean, the Rariphotic Zone (Rare Light Zone) from 130metres to 300metres. The Rariphotic Zone is the fourth zone confirmed in…
The Indian Ocean Mission is a major global scientific collaboration that aims to create a step-change in our knowledge of the Indian Ocean and catalyse its sustainable governance. Mission II consists of six research cruises in six distinct bioregions of the Indian Ocean from West (Mozambique Channel and Seychelles), to…
IMarEST TV recording of the 6 July 2017 Stanley Gray Lecture presented by Professor Alex David Rogers, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford & Nekton Science Director, held at Lloyd's Register in London, UK. Watch Now on IMarEST TV (IMarEST…