Impacts of COVID 19 on the UK Marine Science Community

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted everyone, and will likely continue to do so for years to come. Those in the UK marine researcher community may have had direct health effects, or may have been impacted indirectly through an increase in caring duties, cancellation of fieldwork or laboratory closures, or economic set-backs.  


The National Oceanography Centre Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) is motivated to document and understand the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK marine researchers. To do so, we would like to establish a small working group to run an online forum in the autumn, and organise a survey form to gather qualitative and quantitative data from the community. An objective of the working group will be to focus on the impacts on National Capability initiatives as captured by the remit of the NOCA. The findings will be collated into a report that will be published via the NOCA website. 


We are seeking volunteers to form this working group, to assist with logistics during the forum, and with report editing (approximately a day of time commitment in total). We fully anticipate that i) intersectionality (ethnicity, gender, disability, socioeconomic background etc.) has played an important role in determining the nature and severity of COVID-19 impacts, and ii) those at different career stages are likely to have had contrasting experiences during the lockdown and will continue to do so into the future. As such, we are keen to work with individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, and especially Early Career Researchers (ECRs). 


NOCA Board member Dr Kate Hendry is chairing the Working Group. If you are interested in taking part, please email Kate ( by August 31st 2020 with a short description of why you would like to be involved.  If you have any questions about the NOCA, please contact the secretary, Jackie Pearson at the National Oceanography Centre: