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Professor Ed Hill

Chief Executive of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

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Professor Ed Hill OBE heads the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO, and the only competent organisation for marine science within the UN system.

Chief Executive of the UK’s National Oceanography Centre, Professor Hill has led the UK delegation to the IOC since 2017. He has extensive experience as an academic physical oceanographer, where he participated in or led over twenty research expeditions mostly in continental shelf seas. Having led multiple oceanographic research institutes throughout his career, Professor Hill has a wide-ranging strategic view of all aspects of oceanographic science. He is an expert in mission-oriented science and technology research programmes, operations of large research infrastructures (including research ships and deep-sea autonomous systems), marine data management, provision of advice to governments and engagement with marine industries.

Professor Hill graduated with a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sheffield before gaining his MSc and PhD in Oceanography at Bangor University’s Marine Science Laboratories in Menai Bridge, North Wales. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from the University of Sheffield (2011), is an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University (2014) and was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010 for services to environmental sciences. Hill is also a member of the Challenger Society for Marine Science and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

#Institution

National Oceanography Centre
Chief Executive

SINCE 2019

#Alma-Matter

University of Bangor
MSc, PhD.

1981 – BANGOR, WALES

#Role at UNESCO

Head of the UK Delegation to the IOC – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission

SINCE 2017

QUOTE

“Membership of the Executive Council will enable the UK to guide the IOC agenda during this significant period of interest in the ocean, in particular the delivery of the preparation phase of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.”

Professor Hill, Speaking of the UK election onto IOC-UNESCO Executive Council.

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ROLE AT UNESCO

Professor Ed Hill OBE is Head of the UK Delegation to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Institutions

National Oceanographic Centre
Chief Executive Officer

SINCE 2019

University of Bangor
MSc, PhD in Oceanography

1981 – 1987

University of Sheffield
BSc Applied Mathematics

1978 – 1981

Role at UNESCO

Head of the UK Delegation to the IOC for UNESCO

SINCE 2017

COMMISSION

IOC – Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission of UNESCO

ESTABLISHED 1960 – PARIS, FRANCE

IOC is a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO that promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation and capacity development in order to better manage the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas.

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SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Ed’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

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QUOTE

“’In water’ ocean observing is central to the continuous awareness of the ocean’s processes [and is] necessary to underpin multi-hazard warnings and the adaptive management of the health of ocean ecosystems.”

Professor Hill OBE, Speaking of his passion for oceanography.

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