16 June 2011

Sustainable Expansion of the Applied Coastal and Marine Sectors (SEACAMS), an ambitious project to support a whole range of coastal and marine related industries, launches in Aberystwyth today.

The SEACAMS team have been launching their project at a number of venues around Wales in June, culminating in a shore-based exhibition at the Band Stand, North Beach Promenade, Aberystwyth.

The ‘Round Wales Business Event’ which has already visited Menai Bridge, Swansea and Cardiff, raises the profile of the exciting and ambitious SEACAMS project and the importance of sustainable marine businesses to the economic future of Wales. 

“The SEACAMS project is run jointly by the Universities of Bangor, Swansea and Aberystwyth to build a stronger partnership between academia and Welsh business,” said Professor Colin Jago, Director of SEACAMS and Head of the College of Natural Sciences at Bangor University.

At every event there has be a coastal and marine sector exhibition and a chance to talk to the SEACAMS experts about the project and how the wide range of marine expertise and facilities available in SEACAMS can benefit businesses. 

“We are pushing to develop Wales as a global centre for coastal and marine science and technology – come and join us to see the cutting edge of marine science in action,” says Dr Gay Mitchelson-Jacob, SEACAMS Project Manager.

The marine business community of Wales were invited to join the SEACAMS team at these free business events, falling within the UK Universities Week (13 to 19 June). Under the week’s ‘Big Ideas for Business’ heading, the events are one example of the many ways that universities and businesses collaborate throughout the country. These relationships help to boost the local economy throughout the UK.

Professor Noel Lloyd, Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor added: “Aberystwyth University is pleased to be part of the SEACAMS project.  It is important that

universities work in partnership – with each other and with business – to maximise the impact of their research and their contribution to the economy of Wales.  We look forward to developing our relationship with Bangor and Swansea through this whilst also supporting coastal and marine related industries.”

The SEACAMS project is designed to support Welsh coastal and marine business through collaboration between academics, individuals and enterprises by assistingresearch pilots and feasibility studies. 

“Our aim is to assist SMEs, providing them with access to expertise and facilities they may not have and thus help to expand the number of jobs and economic activity in the marine sector,” says Professor Jago.

SEACAMS is part-funded from the European Regional Development fund through the Welsh European Funding Office, part of the Welsh Government.