National Marine Science News & Updates

Community Update

December 2019

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the latest national marine science community update.

The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met in Canberra on 31 October, and the meeting report is now available.

In very welcome news, the NMSC has appointed Kim Picard as Deputy Chair. Kim joins us from Geoscience Australia, and I am looking forward to working together to help drive the development of Australia’s blue economy.

As usual, there is quite a lot happening in the Australian marine science community. The Marine National Facility (MNF) has completed its review of the operating environment for RV Investigator and is starting to mobilise key recommendations provided, including the implementation of a more strategic approach to the prioritisation of ship time and more flexible boundaries regarding timing for ship users.

In terms of what’s next, 2020 marks the mid-way point of our 2015-2025 Plan, providing an opportunity to reflect on progress we have made under our key actions, and look ahead to some of our future challenges.

Australia already has a strong, committed and united marine science community, but when it comes to sharing and synthesising our data we face some operational issues. Our data is one of our most valuable assets, so it is critical that we make it accessible and avoid duplication of efforts among the community. This is a challenge that the NMSC is keen to tackle, so watch this space.

And with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) fast approaching, preparation is underway to ensure that Australia plays a key role in a global effort. The NMSC will be coordinating Australia’s participation and I encourage you to watch the stakeholder briefing which took place on 5 November.

Finally, I’d like to wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season, and thank you for your fantastic work this year.

Tony Worby, Chair
on behalf of the National Marine Science Committee