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We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. EA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment.
HR Wallingford provides world-leading analysis, advice and support in engineering and environmental hydraulics, and in the management of water and the water environment. Created as the Hydraulics Research Station of the UK Government in 1947, we became a private entity in 1982, and have since operated as an independent, non-profit distributing organisation committed to building knowledge and solving problems, expertly and appropriately. Today, HR Wallingford has a 70 year track record of achievement in applied research and specialist consultancy. We have a unique mix of know-how, assets and facilities including state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of computational modelling tools and, above all expert staff with world-renowned skills and experience. HR Wallingford has a pedigree of excellence and a tradition of innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development, designed to keep us, and our clients and partners, at the leading edge. With headquarters in the UK, HR Wallingford reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents and alliances around the world.
As the UK’s oldest oceanographic organisation, SAMS is working to provide the knowledge, education and engagement to secure healthy and sustainable oceans. Based in Oban on the west coast of Scotland, SAMS delivers multidisciplinary research in marine science, trains 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students in marine science, and applies its knowledge to solve global, national and local challenges our oceans and ocean users face.

Institutional Members


Functional Ecology and Environment Laboratory, LEFE, France

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is Germany's research institute for the study of tropical marine ecosystems and their services to human societies. The mission of ZMT is ensuring the protection and sustainable use of tropical coastal ecosystems through research, capacity development and consulting activities in close cooperation with international and national partners.

Marine Biology Station Piran, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia

National Museum Wales, United Kingdom

Based in Camberley, Surrey, Planet Ocean represents gold standard manufacturers of oceanographic, hydrographic and meteorological instruments from around the world, as well as designing and manufacturing bespoke instruments and systems for ocean research. Planet Ocean operates a specialist division “ecoSUB Robotics” ( formed to develop small, affordable, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), designed and developed in collaboration with the Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems group at the NOC Southampton.

Research Institute for Nature & Forest (INBO), Belgium

Water Research Laboratory, UNSW Sydney, Australia