IODP Submission to the Marine National Science Plan, 2014

ANZIC has delivered a submission to the National Marine Science Committee to support the development of a National Marine Science Plan.  The IODP Submission details the many benefits of IODP research to Australia.

National Marine Science Plan -Infrastructure theme summary white paper

National Marine Science Plan- Infrastructure subtheme white paper -IODP

Feedback on the white papers is invited via the FRDC Website

From the FRDC:

The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) promotes co-ordination and information sharing between Australian Government marine science agencies and the broader Australian marine science community.

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Last year the national National Marine Science Committee (formerly the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group – OPSAG) launched Marine Nation 2025: Marine Science to Support Australia’s Blue Economy. This position paper explained the role marine science can play in helping Australia deal with a number of Grand Challenges we will face over the next decade, and as the title suggests it pitched to Government and industry stakeholders and the role that marine science can play in supporting growth of our $47 billion marine “Blue” economy .

Marine Nation 2025 has been very well received by a broad range of stakeholders, including the Commonwealth Government, and NMSC has been encouraged to push forward with the key recommendations set out in the document. One of these was to develop a National Marine Science Strategy (now referred to as the National Marine Science Plan).

Marine Science is a multifaceted sector within our Research/Development/Innovation system. It brings together dozens of disciplines, fundamental and applied science, and engineering. It includes applications in national security/defence, energy and resources, earth systems/climate, natural resource management, food security, aquaculture and biodiversity conservation. As such it seems an ambitious task to bring together in one document a Plan for how we should proceed in the next 10 years. However, there are some compelling reasons why this is a worthwhile objective.

  • At national and international levels there is a growing demand from funders and the public for the R&D sector to engage more directly in science that will have national/global benefit. The Grand Challenges and Opportunities spelled out in the Marine Nation 2025 provide a clear articulation of where Australia would benefit from focussed input from marine science.
  • Governments (and private investors) take notice when an R&D community comes together to articulate and prioritize science needs, particularly when these are focussed in key societal benefit areas, and are endorsed by end‐users.
  • Finally, the number and size of the Grand Challenges, matched with the relatively small capability and resource base we have in Australia, argue that we need to work together to address priority science goals and have a strong and unified voice when it comes to major investments in capability development, science programs and critical research infrastructure.

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