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In 2018, we will be running two arts competitions, to encourage artistic interpretations of the Year of the Sea. 

Design a Superhero

At the beginning of the year, we began the search for a superhero for the Year of the Sea - to explore the deep, solving the mysteries of the unknown, and working out how we can protect our seas from the threats they face! The designers of the best superheroes will receive a VIP visit to the underwater exploration zones at Heriot-Watt University, as well as a special-edition comic featuring their superhero! The competition closed in January, and winners will be announced in February. 

Engineering the Future

In Spring 2018, we have a new activity for primary schools that turns the usual system on its head: school pupils find the problem, and then challenge university students to find a solution. The project is designed to be incorporated into pre-existing classroom activities, and touches on issues of energy, climate change, biology and STEM education. It will run from March-April 2018, and culminate in a class visit to Heriot-Watt University on Friday 27 April, when undergraduate students will present their work to pupils. Read more about Engineering the Future.

Photography Competition

In Summer 2018, we will launch a global photo competition as part of the year-long programme of events.  We will be asking  people to submit images that capture the beauty, danger, mystery and dynamic nature of the world’s seas, oceans, coastlines and rivers.  Images could include waves, sea creatures, fishing boats, wind turbines or murky puddles. The important thing is that you tell us, in 50 words, why your picture captures what’s special about the sea. Check back for more information.