UWA Oceans Institute

A world-recognised hub for collaborative and cutting-edge multidisciplinary marine research, uniquely positioned at the gateway to the Indian Ocean rim.

The UWA Oceans Institute brings together the collective strength of the University’s best and brightest researchers into a multidisciplinary, integrated research organisation across oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management, social sciences and governance.

In the spotlight

  • Conservation, coral and art - an exhibition not to miss

    Fri, 19 Jul 2019

    Antoni Gaudi said‘Nothing is art if it does not come from nature’. 

  • Exmouth gulf home to secret whale nursery

    Fri, 19 Jul 2019

    A study led by The University of Western Australia and Oceanwise Australia has revealed the remarkable biodiversity of the Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia’s remote North West, including a secret nursery where whales whisper to their calves.

  • AMSA 2019 hailed a major success

    Fri, 12 Jul 2019

    Fifty UWA Oceans Institute members have participated in AMSA’s landmarkMarine Science for a Blue Economyconference in Fremantle this week.

Our Vision

To be the leading global oceans research and training centre focused on the Indian Ocean.

It's fitting that in its 2030 Vision and Strategy, UWA has named oceans and the marine environment as one of its seven 'Grand Challenges'. For the Oceans Institute it means we will continue to pursue large projects that utilise the full breadth of our interdisciplinary skills, working in collaboration with industry, government and community partners.

Professor Peter Veth - Director, UWA Oceans Institute


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Over the years I have enjoyed supporting the pursuit of marine science and conservation and during this time I have observed an increasing desire by Australians from all walks of life to really care for the oceans. The marine environment is hugely important to the future wellbeing of all life on earth. To properly care for the seas we must do our best to understand them.
Jock CloughOceans Institute External Advisory Board