Launching SAERI in the Falklands
Prior to the departure of the RRS Discovery for the first expedition of the COMICS project, we attended a reception at Government House, Stanley given by the governor of the Falkland Islands to celebrate the launch of SAERI - the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute.
In addition we hosted a reception on the RRS Discovery for representatives of the Falkland Islands scientific, business and governmental communities to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Discovery committee. Captain Antonio Gatti welcomed the visitors to the ship and I presented Dr Paul Brickle of SAERI with a framed print to celebrate its launch.
Both events were very successful and will allow us to build a strong partnership with environmental science colleagues in the remote south Atlantic, where some of the most important problems in oceanography remain relatively understudied.