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'Boaty McBoatface' competition examined with NERC representatives

5 May 2016

The Science and Technology Committee holds its first evidence session on science communication and takes evidence from representatives of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


Tuesday 10 May 2016, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

 At 2.15 pm

  • Professor Duncan Wingham, Chief Executive, Natural Environment Research Council
  • Julia Maddock, Associate Director of Communications & Engagement, Natural Environment Research Council
  • Professor James Wilsdon, Director of Impact and Engagement, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield


NERC's Name Our Ship competition saw hundreds of thousands of votes cast to name a new polar research vessel, and a decision is awaited on whether the most popular entry—RRS Boaty McBoatface—will be used.

The Committee is currently holding an inquiry into science communication, and explores the Name Our Ship competition and NERC's broader public engagement strategy in this context. NERC representatives are also asked about the science that this £200m ship will support.

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