Ask the team

We're happy to answer any questions from school students about exploring the deep ocean, the science that we're doing, the undersea vehicles and technology that we're using, how to become a scientist or engineer, or what it's like to live and work on a research ship.

Please use the form below to send your question to our team. The form will ask you how old you are, the name of your school, and which country you are from, so that we can see how many schools are following our expedition, and where they are around the world.

When you send your question using the form, we'll pass it on to the best expedition member to answer it. That may take a few days, and then we'll post replies in on a page linked just below the form.

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Webchats with classes

If you are a teacher and would like a live webchat for your class with members of our team aboard ship, we can set up a chatroom facility. Please email Jon Copley ( if you would like to use this facility, and we'll see what we can arrange.

Curriculum links

In its 2007 report on 'Investigating the Oceans', the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee noted that 'marine science has clear attractions to young people and could be drawn into many topics to increase interest in science, such as biodiversity in the deep ocean', and suggested that 'a focus on extreme environments (space and oceans) would entice young people into science'.

We completely agree, and so the links below contain some suggestions for where and how the science of our expeditions can fit into the UK school curriculum:

Primary curriculum: 'Scientific knowledge and technological understanding'

Key Stage 3: 'Science'

Key Stage 4: 'Science'

GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics

A-level Biology, Chemistry, Physics

And here's our pick of educational links about undersea volcanoes and deep-sea life:

Explore the Deep Sea - Volcanoes and Vents

Explore the Deep Sea - Life in the Deep

(There are lots of webpages out there about deep-sea vents. Unfortunately many are riddled with factual errors. But those Venture Deep Ocean pages are excellent. They were created by the Education and Outreach team of Ridge 2000, the US national programme of scientific research at mid-ocean ridges.)

If you are in the southern UK and would like some hands-on experience of marine science, why not try a Discover Oceanography trip? The University of Southampton offers school groups the opportunity for half-day field trips aboard its research vessel Callista. We can't take you to deep-sea vents, but the trips aboard Callista give a real taste of science at sea - including driving a remotely-operated vehicle to explore the seafloor of the Solent. And you can usually have a talk from one of our expedition team members afterwards.

Watch a feature
about Discover Oceanography.

Download a flyer about Discover Oceanography.

Expedition diary

Check out our regular reports on the progress of the voyage, and what we're finding on the ocean floor.
What's happening aboard?

Expedition team

Meet our team of scientists and engineers exploring the ocean depths aboard the research ship James Cook
Who are we?