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.

Blue economy on the global agenda

April 13, 2016

The blue economy has been a headline issue at two recent international ocean science and technology conferences, clearly demonstrating that it is a global agenda. The 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting was held in New Orleans during February, with over 4,000 ocean scientists in attendance. Dr Rick Spinrad, Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Community Update March 2016

March 9, 2016

Community Update March 2016 March 2016 This email is being sent to people who attended the National Marine Science Symposium held at the Academy of Science in November 2014, and other key contributors to the National Marine Science Plan released in August 2015. This is intended to be the first in an ongoing series of…

Community Update May 2016

March 9, 2016

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…

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

All documents on this site remain the property of the relevant authors. These documents should be cited if used in research or for other purposes. All images on this website have been contributed by NMSC Members, or are fully licensed through Adobe Stock and Shutterstock.

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