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A Consortium Approach to Marine Science


The Origins of VIMS and Its Consortium Approach

Benefits and Problems of a Consortium Approach

Realizing the Benefits, Overcoming the Problems

VIMS' Role in the Consortium

Building on the Consortium Approach




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Benefits and Problems of a Consortium Approach

In general, the benefits can be summarised as:
  • Rationalization of resources, through avoiding duplication of:
    • physical assets such as vessels, instrumentation, equipment, laboratories, aquaria.

    • effort, through shared contributions to research and teaching.

  • Achievement of goals that are beyond the scope or resources of a single organization, such as:
    • major capital investment in plant and facilities.

    • large and/or interdisciplinary research programs.

  • Raising the overall quality of research and teaching within the consortium by:
    • enabling each organization to occupy a 'niche' in which the highest possible quality can be achieved.

    • giving a coherence and completeness to the aggregate research or teaching capability, so that the range and standards of the 'service' provided to the community or to user-groups can be maximised.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences

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Hammond, Laurie 1992 'A Consortium Approach to Marine Science', Education, Antarctica, Marine Science and Australia's Future: Proceedings of the Phillip Law 80th Birthday Symposium, 23 April 1992, Royal Society of Victoria, pp. 63-70.

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