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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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A Consortium Approach to Marine Science


Thank you, Mr Baker, for your introduction. Phillip Law, Graeme Watson (President of the Royal Society of Victoria), colleagues and friends of Phillip Law: I'm honoured to be speaking to you tonight.

Much of the discussion during this celebration of Phillip Law's lifetime of achievement concerns the history of organizations well established, but my topic is more about history still in the making. The Victorian Institute of Marine Sciences (VIMS) is the youngest of Phillip Law's legacies, and it is still consolidating its structure and its unique modus operandi. The reasons I was asked to speak on the topic of a 'consortium approach' are not only that it is an integral part of the way my organization operates, but also that VIMS remains exceptional, in Australia, as an exponent of this approach to research, development and education. It is curious that this is the case and I will, in describing how we have done it, consider some of the reasons why there are not a great many other successful consortia. I will also trace some of the recent history of VIMS, and take the opportunity to focus on VIMS' particular role within the consortium of organizations.

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

People in Bright Sparcs - Law, Phillip Garth

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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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