University of Tasmania - Australia

Chair holder: Pr. Dr. Andrew McMinn
Full Chair title: UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environmental Sciences University of Tasmania - Australia
Date created: 2006

Address: Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies University of Tasmania Private Bag 77, Hobart Tasmania 7001 Australia
Telephone: + 61 3 62 26 29 71
Fax: + 61 3 62 26 29 73
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Other contact person: Prof. Dr. Patti Virtue

The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote ,an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of Antarctic & Southern Ocean Marine Science, Education, Policy and Management. It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between highlevel, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other national and international institutions.

This Chair will be part of the International Antarctic Institute, which is a new consortium, established to facilitate and deliver Antarctic undergraduate and postgraduate multidisciplinary education by sharing teaching resources between international partner universities. The objectives of the activities of the UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Antarctic and Southern Ocean Environmental Sciences shall be:
To promote expertly trained scientists with international experience and skills in research and its application to areas of Antarctic science and policy.
To develop international opportunities in Antarctic education and to develop new and innovative Antarctic courses.
To define and develop clear curricula for both degrees to encourage student and staff mobility, and to share teaching resources between partner universities.
Expand engagement of the international scientific community in Antarctic and Southern Ocean research and education.
To foster interdisciplinary studies between the marine, and social sciences in the context of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
To synthesize existing multidisciplinary Southern Ocean data sets.
To enhance opportunities in the field of Antarctic biotechnology and emerging technologies in ocean science.