As part of Sky’s unique scholarship programme, which gives financial, development support and media training to high potential young people, Sky Ocean Rescue is partnering with National Geographic to give 3 scholars the opportunity to drive research that will raise awareness of the issues surrounding ocean health and advance our knowledge of the ocean.

Sky Ocean Rescue and National Geographic will offer the young innovators, who are passionate about our oceans, support and mentoring with marine-based research projects.

Dr. Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist at National Geographic said:  "For more than 130 years, National Geographic has been supporting innovative explorers like Jacques Cousteau and Sylvia Earle. We are thrilled to be working with Sky to continue to identify and nurture the next generation of ocean ambassadors."

The first three Sky Ocean Rescue Scholars were announced at National Geographic’s Festival of Science in Rome. The scholars, who are from across the UK and Italy are:

Imogen Napper, Plymouth, UK

Project Title: The Future of Clothes Washing; How Effective New Technologies are at Capturing Released Synthetic Micro plastic Fibres from Domestic Washing Machines.

Find out more about Imogen and her project here.

Martina Capriotti, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.

Project Title: An innovative approach for testing micro plastic hazardousness in Adriatic Sea.

Find out more about Martina and her project here.

Annette Fayet, Oxford, UK.

Project Title: Why are puffins going extinct? Combining novel technology and machine learning to understand the cause behind long-lasting declines in an endangered seabird.

Find out more about Annette and her project here.

“Over the last 5 years Sky has worked at inspiring young people to be their best” says Tony Lester, Sky’s Head of Scholarships. ”We started this scholarship journey with our Sports Scholars in 2011, and have this year added a Women in Technology Scholarship. Now, with the launch of Sky Ocean Rescue Scholarships collaborating with National Geographic programme our aim is to support aspiring National Geographic Explorers to make a difference to Ocean health.

“Sky Ocean Rescue is all about inspiring hope and leaving a lasting legacy and with our new scholars we’re hoping to raise awareness of the issues surrounding ocean health and inspire our staff, consumers and other businesses to #PassOnPlastic”.

“We’re incredibly excited about working with National Geographic and Annette, Martina and Imogen on their marine projects and we hope by working together we can make a real difference to ocean health.”