(L-R) Professor Greg Ivey, Ms Anita Dragovic (DFAT), Professor Shaun Collin, His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle, Ambassador to Timor-Leste, Professor Erika Techera, His Excellency Mr Peter Rayner, Ambassador to Portugal and Professor Christophe Gaudin
at the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility at IOMRC, Crawley.
March has been another busy month here at The UWA Oceans Institute!
Professor Erika Techera, Director of the UWA Oceans Institute, attended Zhejiang University earlier this month at the invitation of the ZJU Ocean College. She visited the Zhoushan Island campus and the ZJU Ocean College facilities and met with colleagues from the ZJU Guanghua Law School. Highlights included a high-level meeting with Professor Chen Ying (Dean of the ZJU Ocean College and Assistant President of ZJU) as well as professors from the ZJU Ocean College, including Professors Wu Jiaping and He Zhiguo. Professor Techera discussed arrangements for a forthcoming student study tour to UWA following the success of the 2016 trip and the planning for the 4th UWA Oceans Institute-ZJU Ocean College Workshop, later this year. Much progress was made on expanding joint research activities and PhD supervision given the significant, and complementary, expertise and infrastructure at both UWA and ZJU. UWA Oceans Institute has an MoU with the ZJU Ocean College and this has catalysed a range of joint activities and projects between colleagues in marine science, ocean engineering and social sciences. While on Zhoushan Island, Professor Techera also toured the ocean engineering infrastructure and facilities and gave an address as part of the ZJU Ocean College Grand Ocean Forum Lecture Series, entitled ‘Addressing Ocean Challenges Through Collaboration’.
The Western Australian Institute of Marine Science (WAMSI) moved into IOMRC, Crawley, this month, completing the relocation of all occupants into the new building. We wish all WAMSI staff and their associates a warm welcome to IOMRC.
Two lucky student ambassadors from The Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Science (EMS) were among 20 finalists who travelled to the the US this month to compete at Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Master of Professional Engineering students, Daniel Ingman and Owen Davies, led by their supervisor, UWA Oceans Institute member Dr Ryan Beemer from the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, took part in the GeoWall competition, sponsored by the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The competition challenges contestants to race the clock to find the best way to build a system to maximise the stability of a small-scale mechanically stabilised earth (MSE) wall made of kraft paper.
Congratulations to Dr Taryn Foster, UWA Oceans Institute Alumni, who was recently awarded a 2016 Virginia Chadwick Award. Dr Foster's research focuses on how high-latitude corals in WA will respond to climate change stressors such as warmer waters and ocean acidification. These awards recognise five graduate students for the most outstanding publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
His Excellency Mr Peter Doyle, the Australian Ambassador to Timor- Leste, His Excellency Mr Peter Rayner, the Australian Ambassador to Portugal and Ms Anita Dragovic (DFAT) toured IOMRC, Crawley with leadership and research members from The UWA Oceans Institute team. Professor Erika Techera, Professor Shaun Collin, Professor Greg Ivey, Professor Christophe Gaudin and Ms Tracy Parker led the delegation who discussed current marine research and international collaboration. The Ambassadors inspected the centrifuges, part of the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility and learnt about the research capabilities. They also visited the Glider Facility, part of the Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders (ANFOG) and the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), as well as touring several marine biology and fluid dynamics labs. In an Australian first, the Ambassadors (along with more than 100 of Australia's other Ambassadors, high commissioners and foreign diplomats) are in Australia for joint meetings to shape Australian foreign policy. As the UWA Oceans Institute continues to build links with overseas institutions and to collaborate on research and teaching, this visit to our premises provided an excellent opportunity to highlight our research, showcase our facilities and broaden our networks.