H1 - Communication: Ocean literacy and public perception of ORE

H - Marine Planning and Governance

Status - published
Last updated on: 21/06/2022

Challenges/Opportunities

The wider public is not well informed about offshore energy and in particular the concept of whole-systems approaches.

Solution

Supergen communication and engagement strategy; creation of material, events, blogs, Supergen ORE website; alignment of wider research base for promotion through Supergen.

Context And Need

There is a clear need for greater understanding of offshore renewable energy, what is meant by offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, and of the whole systems approach. Better understanding of ORE across primary, secondary, tertiary education, industry, policy/ governance agencies and general public is needed so that the potential benefits of ORE is understood

Summary

The Supergen ORE Hub leadership role includes connecting those active in the sector and communicating ORE issues to a range of user groups, including politicians and public, education and to improve understanding via use of public engagement. Better public understanding of ORE and whole-systems approaches, ocean literacy and ecological interactions, will impact on public perception and the granting of Social License.

Impact Potential

Media, Teaching and workshop material could be used globally to lead to acceptability as well as means to relay the current critical issues.

Research Status

There are lots of ideas/techniques currently being examined:

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  • Gaia’s Energy Adventure (Supergen ORE Hub): A new children’s adventure book in offshore renewable energy (ORE) has been launched by the Supergen ORE Hub. The book aims to communicate the often complex subject of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy to 4-6 year olds and those reading with them, as well as encouraging girls and those from other underrepresented groups to consider a career in engineering.

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Links to Industry Priorities:

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We would also like to invite UK researchers and industry stakeholders within ORE to submit links to research projects, both past and present, for inclusion within the landscape.

Therefore, if you have a UK-based research project within an area of ORE that you feel is relevant to a specific research theme or challenge within the Research Landscape, click HERE to submit your research project to the research landscape

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PhD projects in Offshore Renewable Energy

In order to better understand the breadth of ORE research currently being conducted in the UK, the Supergen ORE Hub has collated from its academic network, UK Centres for Doctoral Training and Industrial partners, a list of PhDs currently being undertaken in ORE.

Access a PDF of the list and find out more about including your PhD.

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