The Underwater Film Festival comes to Falmouth and ExeterMarine Photo Competition!

We are super excited to announce that the Underwater Film Festival is coming to the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus! To celebrate here at ExeterMarine, we have decided to launch a photography competition!

On Friday 22nd November, together with Fourth Element, Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, we will host the Underwater Film Festival at the Penryn Campus. Doors open from 7.30pm. So clear your diaries and come and spend an evening with us delving in to the wonderful underwater world with some awe inspiring films. Be swept away, be inspired by the stories told, and be immersed in a world beneath the surface. Featuring films from greats such as Kelvin Murray, Shark Bay Films, Behind the Mask and Howard Hall as well as shorts made by students and recent graduates of both the University of Exeter and Falmouth University, it surely a night not to be missed! You can grab your tickets here, tickets start at just £5!

We will also be announcing the winners of our photography competition at the event! Prizes kindly donated by Fourth Element are as follows:

1st Place: £250 Fourth Element Voucher
1st Runner Up: £100 Fourth Element Voucher
2nd Runner Up: £50 Fourth Element Voucher

The competition is open to everyone to showcase the wonderful coastal and marine worlds here in Cornwall and Devon, but be quick! You only have 2 weeks to send us your submissions as applications will close at 23:59 on Sunday 17th November.  We are looking for images that showcase the beautiful maritime landscapes, wonderful marine wildlife, awesome underwater worlds and the diverse people that depend on the coastal and marine world in Cornwall and Devon. Everyone is welcome to submit up to two photographs to the competition. We will showcase all entries on the ExeterMarine Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds and all entries will be shown at the Underwater Film Festival on Friday 22nd November. So what are you waiting for? Submit your images here!

We look forward to seeing all of your brilliant entries and we’ll see you at the Underwater Film Festival on Friday 22nd November!


MSc Graduate in Focus: Ana Veiga

This year we are launching a new MSc in Marine Vertebrate Ecology and Conservation and applications are open now for 2020 start. We are looking back on some of our MSc graduates who have excelled in marine vertebrate ecology and conservation around the world since studying with us.

Today we meet Ana Veiga, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity graduate (2009) and now Vice President of NGO Lantuna and coordinating a seabird project with BirdLife International in Cabo Verde!

Hi Ana! First off, why don’t you tell us a bit about what you have been up to since studying your MSc with us in 2009?

After graduating from Exeter, I came back to Cabo Verde and worked during six years at the National Directorate of Environment. My role was to follow up the management plans of protected areas and species conservation, I was also the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Political Focal Point and Ramsar Convention Focal Point. Since I did noonly want to work in the office, I left the government and founded an NGO called LantunaI have been implementing biodiversity conservation projects in Cabo Verde and I also do consultancies services. At the present, I am coordinating the Cabo Verde seabirds project for BirdLife International. 


Such amazing work! How do you think the MSc helped to prepare you for your career?

It was a key milestone in my career to broaden my view on biodiversity conservation and ecotourism. It also encouraged me to return to my country (after living 7 years in Europe) to contribute on biodiversity conservation. The conservation action planning skills gained through several subjects of the MSc Conservation and Biodiversity helped prepare me for a career in conservation project management. The program allowed me to have a cross-sectional view on conservation actions. 

The lecturers were very dynamic and the several field trips allowed students to gain a significant experience. The University support for overseas students (e.g, English class, support in english correction for the essays, etc) was very useful. 

The University offers a diversity of study programsexcellent campus facilities and continuous innovation. 

What are you plans for the future?

I chose this path due to my passion for the environment. What I most enjoy in my work is the opportunity to improve communities’ life through sustainable conservation practices.  My plans are to make Lantuna grow and keep implementing biodiversity conservation projects in Cabo Verde. I am working to promote the legalization of more protected areas. I would also like to do a PhD related with marine biodiversity. 

Finally, Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of applying to any of our programmes at the University of Exeter and pursuing a career in conservation?

My advice would be: do it for passion! Try to strengthen the relationship with the university researchers and always try to keep a close contact with them when you leave university, it might help you on your future projects. 

The University of Exeter is an excellent university and for sure it will allow you to significantly improve your skills. I’d definitely recommend this University to anyone. 

Thanks Ana!  


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Welcome to the #ExeterMarine Blog!

One of the great strengths at the University of Exeter is in our marine research and education.

The #ExeterMarine Initiative has been launched to help enhance collaborations within the University and to help highlight our interdisciplinary strength to outside partners. We will share information broadly in this blog, through social media channels (Twitter and Facebook) and on our dedicated website.

Research: It will surprise many, including some at the University of Exeter, how large the body of researchers working on marine subjects has become.  We now have over 200 academics and graduate students working directly on the major challenges facing human-kind that interface with the marine realm. We have significant groupings working on Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Oceans and Human Health, Ecotoxicology and Pollution, and Marine Conservation. Our research in Exeter is ever more inter-disciplinary and our marine strength ranges from the humanities, through the life and social sciences to medicine and engineering.

This we undertake collaboratively with a wide range of influential partners including CEFAS, Met Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Zoological Society of London.

Professor Brendan Godley #ExeterMarine Strategy Lead


Education: Our world-leading marine research underpins a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Biosciences (including marine biology), Geography, Medicine, Psychology and Renewable Energy. We will seek to share our student voice and perspective through the #ExeterMarine Initiative. Watch this space!

Sharing:  We are proud of our record of sharing our findings and achievements with the wider community and we hope to augment this further still. See here for a listing of some of our most recent stories in the media. We hope that the blog may be a good introduction to the wealth of marine activities at the University of Exeter  for new students and collaborators. If you would like to discuss #ExeterMarine or, indeed,  contribute to the blog, please get in touch.


#ExeterMarine is a interdisciplinary group of marine related researchers with capabilities across the scientific, medical, engineering, humanities and social science fields. If you are interested in working with our researchers or students, contact Michael Hanley or visit our website!