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.

The Committee is currently chaired (2016-18) by Tim Moltmann, Director of the Integrated Marine Observing System.

The immediate past chair (2011–15) is John Gunn, then the CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

MEETING REPORTS

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

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18 October 2018

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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19 April 2018

Canberra, ACT

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19 October 2017

Canberra, ACT

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20 July 2017

Canberra, ACT

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1 December 2016

Canberra, ACT

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23 June 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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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.

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…

Community Update March 2017

March 9, 2017

Community Update March 2017 March 2017 Welcome to the first national marine science community update for 2017. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met face-to-face in Canberra on 23 March and our meeting report is now available.  We welcomed the Marine National Facility, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and the International Ocean Discovery…

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…

Community Update December 2016

December 9, 2016

Community Update December 2016 December 2016 Welcome to the last national marine science community update for 2016. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met by teleconference on 1 December and our meeting report is now available.  We welcomed the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries as the newest member of NMSC.  It is encouraging…

Community Update July 2016

July 9, 2016

Community Update July 2016 July 2016 Welcome to the third, quarterly, national marine science community update for 2016. The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met on 23 June and our meeting report is now available.  The major topic of discussion was implementation of the National Marine Science Plan. Action agendas are being developed for the…

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…

Journal publishes commentary by the National Marine Science Committee

June 20, 2016

National Marine Science News & Updates Journal publishes commentary by the National Marine Science Committee 20 June 2016 The Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs has published an article submitted by the NMSC, ‘The National Marine Science Plan: informing Australia’s future ocean policy’ The article, in the June 2016 edition, outlines the background to…

COMMITTEE CHAIR

Tim Moltmann

Director, Integrated Marine Observing System

tim.moltmann@imos.org.au

(03) 6226 2767

NMSC SECRETARIAT

NMSCSecretariat@aims.gov.au

COMMUNICATIONS

NMSCCommunications@outlook.com

DOCUMENTS & IMAGES

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