The Centre for Marine Socioecology (CMS) had its second annual Showcase on Friday May 4th at the Hobart Function Centre.
The event consisted of a series of talks from ECR’s and research scientists from the centre, and two discussion panels composed of government and industry representatives, and researchers. Professor Jan MacDonald and Dr Chris Cvitanovic expertly acted as our MC’s for the day, and we were fortunate and grateful to have some of our out-of-Hobart CMS family make the journey to Hobart to spend the day with us (Dr Eva Planganyi from Brisbane, and PhD candidates Danielle Smith from the Gold Coast and Lisa Uffman-Kirsch from the US).
The first discussion panel involved lots of lively discussion on “what decision-makers need from marine science”, and was composed of Wes Ford (Director of Tasmania’s Environment Protection Authority), Julian Harrington (Chief Executive Officer with the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council) and Ursula Taylor (Director of the Derwent Estuary Program).
The second panel focused on “what is our potential for a blue economy and a sustainable marine future”. Irene Penesis (Associate Professor at the Australian Maritime College), Ian Cartwright (Thalassa Consulting Pty Ltd) and David Smith (Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO) all had interesting insights and different perspectives to offer, also leading to many interesting questions and comments.
Our CMS students delivered polished presentations invoking some very useful and thoughtful feedback from the stakeholders attending. Questions and comments from the industry, government and NGO representatives attending, as well as researchers from other agencies, really gave our researchers and students some unique insights into what science CMS can deliver and how we can best achieve that collaboratively.
The formal proceedings ended at afternoon tea, however, the CMS crew took advantage of the opportunity of all being in the one location to listen to some student funding ‘pitches’ and brainstorm some exciting future projects we could work on together.
Overall the event was very successful, attended by over a 100 people from government agencies, industry and research agencies. If you attended, thank you, we hope you enjoyed it, and we hope to see you again next year.