Australian scientists visit Japan for marine science workshop

July 10, 2013

The Japan-Australia Marine Science Workshop starts tomorrow in Tokyo, providing 18 Australian experts and their Japanese counterparts with an unprecedented opportunity to explore common areas of interest in the marine environment.

The theme of the workshop is: Understanding global change impacts and opportunities in tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems.

Australian co-chair of the workshop, Australian Institute of Marine Science CEO John Gunn, hopes it will reinforce Australia’s scientific relationship with Japan.

“We hope this workshop will open the door to ongoing collaborations between Australia and Japan in the areas of tropical and sub-tropical marine science and technology,” Mr Gunn said.

Five of the Australian participants are early-mid career researchers, providing a valuable opportunity to make connections and establish networks that will further their career development.

The Australian Academy of Science organised the event on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.

Academy Fellow Professor Terry Hughes, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, was a member of the participant selection panel. 

The Japan-Australia Marine Science Workshop runs from 11-12 July 2013, followed by a public forum on 13 July.

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