Working groups and submissions

Working groups

The NMSC furthers its work through working groups. They undertake deeper research and implement aspects of our science plans and strategies.

The followed working groups were created to further the recommendations of the National Marine Science Plan 2015–2025, and wider marine science needs:

  • National Marine Baselines and Monitoring (Recommendation 2)
  • Science program to support decision making (Recommendation 5)
  • National integrated approach to experimentation (Recommendation 3)
  • Research training for Australia’s future blue economy (Recommendation 7)
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • UN Decade of Ocean Science

The Research Training Working Group published their work in 2019 (see below). We will be publishing further working group reports in the coming months.

Research training for Australia's future blue economy

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The National Marine Science Plan 2015–2025  calls for a workforce of world-class marine scientists equipped with strong quantitative skills. It needs to be in tune with industry and government priorities, and working in cross-disciplinary teams.

In 2019, the NMSC's Research Training Working Group led a study to assess the capacity of Australia’s university postgraduate training to cultivate this essential workforce.

NMSC Chair and Deputy

Chair: Toni Moate, Director of National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO

Deputy Chair: Kim Picard, Chair of the AusSeabed Steering Committee, Geoscience Australia  

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