The 16th Australia–China Symposium on Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development took place 20–21 November 2023 in Sydney. The symposium showcased both countries’ world leading marine science capabilities, and took place with the support of Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, The Australian Academy of Science, and Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE).
These meetings provide an opportunity to build strong bilateral networks and increase research collaborations between Australia and China. For the first time in this symposia series, Traditional Owners and Indigenous Scientists were able to share their knowledge through a yarning circle (a practice used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to sit together to talk and listen from the heart and share ideas and stories).
There was very strong Tasmanian representation, with CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl presenting, along with Dr Michelle Heupel (IMOS), Prof Nathan Bindoff (IMAS), Prof Chris Carter (IMAS), as well as several other CSIRO people. Dr Valeriya Komyakova (IMAS) attended as an invited ECR/mid career participant, and CMS Deputy Director Dr Beth Fulton (CSIRO) co-organised the event.
See the symposium program here: