engaging people: the science and art of communicating about life below water

the go-to people for bright ways of talking about ocean issues and inhabitants

Who we are
Our marine world is vital to all life on Earth. We are a not-for-profit company that helps those who study and protect it to communicate better with public audiences.

What we do
Known for excellence, creativity and ‘outside-the-box’ thinking, we match science, entertainment, art and social science to make marine issues vibrant and accessible. Since 2009 we have collaborated with, and worked for, multiple organisations and individuals to reach large and diverse audiences through:

Digital Outreach 

Public Events

Communications Training

Why we do it
Our ocean is well-studied and facing threats from changing climate, pollution, and biodiversity loss; yet these issues can seem remote and less than 1-in-5 UK children have ever been to the coast. We believe that if people know the ocean they will care more about taking action; and that we engage better by bringing together people from varied backgrounds and cultures.

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Significant partners we have been engaged to work with include: 

NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) - training and events
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - training, public consultation, events
Institute of Physics - events
The Natural History Consortium - training, public consultation, events
Marine Biological Association - training, public consultation, events
National Oceanography Centre - outreach and events
Scottish Association for Marine Science - training and events
Primary Science Teaching Trust - outreach and events
European Marine Science Educators Association - board member  

Since 2011 we have created, or been significant partners in, more than 80 large-scale public events and festivals in the UK and beyond, managing event logistics, audiences, health & safety, and running teams of up to 900+ volunteers. 

Notable events we have created and run: 

WhaleFest - the world’s largest whale festival, four times, audience of 15,000 people
Siren Festival - our own event: ocean science, youth, climate change
World Whale Conference - delegates from 37 countries   

Notable events we have taken part in include:

Telegraph Outdoor Show - ocean science and conservation
Africa Oyé - plastics, conservation and freshwater science
Cheltenham Science Festival - ocean science
British Science Festival - plastics and ocean science
World Travel Market - plastics and ocean conservation
Blue Dot Festival - ocean science
Vakantiebeurs - plastics and ocean conservation
Primary Science Education Conference - ocean science
Elderflower Fields - ocean science 

 We have also carried out a large number of school visits delivering science outreach.