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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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Building on the Consortium Approach

Because of the essentially complementary nature of the capabilities in the Victorian organizations, and the comprehensive coverage of marine disciplines they collectively provide, there is an in-built stability. I believe this has been developed deliberately, though it rarely has been explicitly articulated. It provides a firm foundation for meeting the future marine research and education needs of Victoria, Australia, and, where appropriate, other countries in Asia and the Pacific. In the short-term, it will continue to develop and consolidate through two initiatives.
  • the second stage of the Queenscliff Marine Station, which will emphasize new experimental facilities . This brings together virtually all the potential players and, I hope, will lead to closer structural links with the research laboratories operated by the Fisheries Division of the Department of Conservation and Environment at Queenscliff, with which VIMS shares a campus.

  • A proposal to establish a detailed co-operative program in marine and estuarine toxicology, in conjunction with several private-sector organizations. This may lead to the establishment of a Commonwealth-funded Co-operative Research Centre.

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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