Community Update May 2016

May 2016

Welcome to the second, quarterly, national marine science community Update for 2016.

The first meeting of the National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) was held on 13 April.  The major topic of discussion was implementation of the National Marine Science Plan, and an action agenda has been developed to progress all eight high level recommendations.  The Committee also identified the need to leave some ‘bandwidth’ for other priorities, and has begun to discuss candidate issues.  The next NMSC meeting will be held in Canberra on 23 June.

As you are all aware, our decadal plan (2015-25) is aimed at “driving the development of Australia’s blue economy”.  Focus on the blue economy at recent international conferences clearly demonstrates that this is a global agenda.  It reinforces the fact that emphasis on the blue economy places Australian marine science very well in responding to our own National Innovation and Science Agenda.

The Marine National Facility is running a series of free information sessions about RV Investigator.  Members of the national marine science community are encouraged to attend.

In other news:

  • The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) recently announced that the new icebreaker contract has been signed, which is fantastic news. Further information is available on the AAD web site at, including sub-links with specifications and  capability.
  • The Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 year Action Pan has also been released and can be found here.


Tim Moltmann, Chair
on behalf of the National Marine Science Committee