The primary activity supported by our Centre revolves around hosting workshops at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) and linked to major international conferences (i.e. immediately after or before the conference, drawing in delegates already present at the conference). In our workshops, we aim to draw together experts from a range of disciplines, sectors, and geographical regions. Workshops will be held bi-annually and include 10-12 experts who come together to focus and collaborate intensively for a few days. Each group will include 3-4 promising Early Career Researchers (ECRs), in line with the mentoring objectives of Centre, which are to match our ECRs with more experienced academics, and use a research training programme built partly around working groups.
We workshop proposals for external funding, draw together existing datasets and expertise to produce high-impact synthesis, review and opinion piece publications. Working group themes are broadly interdisciplinary, and chosen to leverage existing expertise and analytical strengths at MQ. Some will include qualitative research methods and ocean policy/management issues. Each participant actively contributes, e.g. by bringing data, methods, and experiences for synthesis and analysis, to create new knowledge and understanding, and to identify knowledge gaps and promising research avenues. Working group outputs and outcomes will include:
- Group opinion/perspectives/review papers for leading journals that connect disciplines in ocean research.
- High impact papers emanating from meta-analysis (compilations of participants' existing datasets), which would not be possible without broad collaboration.
- Research proposals for research and/or equipment/infrastructure from national funding agencies, primarily the Australian Research Council, but also the US National Science Foundation, UK Natural Environment Research Council and others.