The Greenwich Maritime Centre (GMC) is a cross faculty initiative at the University of Greenwich that brings together a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds in maritime issues.

The purpose of the GMC is to promote a greater understanding and social awareness of the relationships between sea and society, and to be a platform for developing sustainable solutions for maritime issues.

We aim to achieve this through:

Research and Enterprise

The GMC promotes engagement across faculties and departments within the University of Greenwich, and between university and non-university partners (business, industry and local communities) to identify new opportunities and to carry out innovative, multi-disciplinary maritime research and enterprise activity.

Educational Provision

The GMC promotes the enhancement of maritime studies in existing courses at the University of Greenwich, and the development of new courses and programmes, including short courses that reflect the maritime agenda. We also provide life long learning opportunities for people to engage with maritime issues.

Stakeholder engagement

The GMC promotes building partnerships within the wider community, throughout South East England as well as nationally and internationally, to facilitate discussion and networking on maritime related issues. We aim to provide a regional focus of expertise in maritime issues accessible to a wide range of individuals and stakeholders.


The GMC was established in September 2015, replacing the Greenwich Maritime Institute which existed from 1998-2014. The GMC sits within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and is based in the Old Royal Naval College at the University of Greenwich, opposite the National Maritime Museum.  Greenwich is the world's baseline for time and longitude, and the heart of Britain's maritime heritage and naval tradition. Henry VIII had a palace here where Queen Elizabeth I – in whose reign Drake circumnavigated the world – was born in 1533. The Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum are adjacent to the College. Across the river, and upstream, lie Docklands and the City of London, centres of the world maritime and shipping industries. The UN International Maritime Organisation lies opposite Westminster. The University of Greenwich has close links with all of them, and with shipping companies around the world.

How to get involved
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