NATIONAL MARINE SCIENCE COMMITTEE:
HOW WE WORK

NATIONAL MARINE SCIENCE COMMITTEE

The National Marine Science Committee is an advisory body focused on promoting the nexus between high quality marine science and growth of Australia’s blue economy.

The Committee provides a distinctive mechanism for co-ordination and information sharing between research institutions, universities, Australian Government departments, State/Territory Governments and the broader Australian marine science community.

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The Committee is the means by which this highly interdisciplinary, geographically dispersed community comes together to provide scientifically-robust, user-relevant advice on marine issues of national significance to Australia.

The National Marine Science Committee was formerly known as the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group, and was established in 1998 under Australia’s Oceans Policy.

OUR GOALS

The NMSC aims to ensure that marine science helps to address the ‘grand challenges’ that face Australia as a marine nation.

This will be achieved through cutting-edge research integrating social and economic factors, and done at the time and space scales required by stakeholders in industry, government and society.

OUR STRUCTURE AND MEETINGS

The Committee consists of representatives from all member organisations. It is governed by Terms of Reference.

The Committee is currently chaired (2021-) by Toni Moate, Director of CSIRO National Facilities and Collections.

The immediate past chair (2018-2020) was Tony Worby, Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere.

MEETING REPORTS

The National Marine Science Committee meet quarterly. The following reports outline the activities and discussions from the Committee.

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31 October 2019

Canberra, ACT

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18 October 2018

Canberra, ACT

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19 April 2018

Canberra, ACT

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19 October 2017

Canberra, ACT

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9 August 2018

Canberra, ACT

Coral bleaching, Pocillopora coral bleached on the reef flat, due to El Nino, Pacific ocean, French Polynesia

1 February 2018

Canberra, ACT

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20 July 2017

Canberra, ACT

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1 December 2016

Canberra, ACT

Arlington Reef aerial view Great Barrier Reef

23 March 2017

Canberra, ACT

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1 September 2016

Canberra, ACT

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23 June 2016

Canberra, ACT

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13 April 2016

Canberra, ACT

COMMUNITY UPDATES & NEWS

Updates and news items are provided to the National Marine Science Community on the implementation of the Plan and other matters of interest.

Stakeholder briefing: UN Decade of Ocean Science

November 14, 2019

National Marine Science News & Updates Stakeholder briefing: UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: 2021-2030 14 November 2019 On 5 November, the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC) and National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) held a stakeholder briefing for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: 2021-2030. The briefing included information about…

May 2018 – Special Budget Update

May 17, 2018

National Marine Science News & Updates May 2018 – Special Budget Update 17 May 2018 Dear colleagues, It’s my pleasure to update the national marine science community on the 8 May Federal Budget.  In summary, it provides great support for marine research and for marine research infrastructure. Research The Australian Government will invest more than $500M…

Innovation for the Blue Economy

October 9, 2017

Innovation for the Blue Economy October 2017 Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‘innovationXchange’ and CSIRO hosted an Innovation for the Blue Economy Workshop in August 2015 which assembled Blue Economy experts from around Australia to discuss challenges and barriers to economic growth in our oceans as well as uncover highly innovative ideas…

Get Your Research on RV Investigator

May 9, 2017

Get your research on RV Investigator 20 June 2016 The next big discovery in marine science may be waiting for you on board RV Investigator. This state-of-the-art research vessel provides marine researchers with an exciting opportunity to conduct research in Australia’s vast ocean estate. With a range of 10 000 nautical miles and the ability…

Latest figures out on Australia’s growing blue economy

March 26, 2017

Latest Figures out on Australia’s Growing Blue Economy 27 March 2017 This month the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s latest ‘AIMS Index of Marine Industry’ was released. The 2016 report says Australia’s marine industries now contribute more than $74 billion directly and indirectly to the annual national gross domestic product. The AIMS Index of Marine…

International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

March 17, 2017

One Planet, One Ocean – IOC Proposal for an International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) 17 March 2017 The IOC has written to all Member States advising of a proposal for an “International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” to address key components of SDG14. Dr Canterford has forwarded this correspondence…

NMSC submission to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper

March 9, 2017

NMSC Submission to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper 9 September 2016 The National Marine Science Committee has submitted its response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper. The National Research Infrastructure Capability Issues Paper sets out the proposed capability requirements that will inform the development of the 2016 Roadmap. It…

Forge magazine special feature on the Blue Economy boom

January 23, 2017

Forge Magazine Special Feature on the Blue Economy Boom 23 January 2017 23 January 2017 Forge magazine, which focuses on innovation, entrepreneurship and wealth creation, has published a special feature on the economics and sustainability of oceans. Publisher David Haratsis believes that no other Australian business magazine has ever devoted as much space to the…

NMSC submits its response to the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap

January 9, 2017

NMSC submits its response to the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap 16 January 2017 The National Marine Science Committee has submitted its response to the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap Capability Issues Paper. The Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap was made available for comment in early December last year. The NMSC response was submitted…

WA launches Blueprint for Marine Science Initiative

June 21, 2016

WA launches Blueprint for Marine Science Initiative 21 June 2016 The Western Australian Blueprint for Marine Science Initiative, launched today, guides the foundation of a long-term collaboration between all sectors operating in the marine environment. This Implementation Strategy is the third stage of an end-user led process to ensure a strategic approach to marine science…

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Toni Moate

Director, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO

NMSC SECRETARIAT

Shane.Fava@csiro.au

DOCUMENTS & IMAGES

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