UWA Oceans Institute

A new hub for Indian Ocean marine science

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OCEANS ONLINE     ISSUE 10. NOVEMBER 2016

We're moving in!

It’s an exciting time for marine science in WA, particularly with the recent completion of the new five-storey marine research facility at UWA Crawley. In combination with the new building at Watermans Bay, these facilities form part of The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) partnership with CSIRO, AIMS and the WA Department of Fisheries. Currently, staff across all of these organisations, and from UWA and other partner institutes, are transitioning into these state-of-the-art-facilities which will allow further opportunity for new research and collaboration, constituting the largest marine research capability in the Indian Ocean rim.

The first relocation into the building came in mid-October, when around 80 staff and students from UWA’s Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS) moved into the premises. Central to COFS operations, is the new fixed-beam centrifuge that was lowered by crane into the building after arriving from France in September. This makes UWA home to the only geotechnical modelling facility in the world that operates three centrifuges.

Occupation of the rest of the building will occur over the coming weeks, bringing together more than 300 researchers working across a broad range of fields from oceanography to marine ecology, to fisheries, geochemistry, governance, marine technologies and engineering.

The IOMRC facility brings enormous capabilities for marine science and management in the Indian Ocean.

We can’t wait to get cracking.

Read more about the latest news and activities at the UWA Oceans Institute www.oceans.uwa.edu.au/news-events/oceans-online