UNSW to participate in new Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research
UNSW to receive $1.25m over 5 years to advance marine and coastal research in the Southern Hemisphere through new collaboration.
On Tuesday 29 November, representatives from UNSW and China’s Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) signed an MoU for the creation of a new Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research (C-SHOR).
The MoU was signed by Professor Brian Boyle (UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Enterprise) and Professor Kehou Pan, (QNLM Secretary General and Chair of Academic Committee) at the Climate Change Research Centre at the UNSW Kensington Campus.
.As one of the partners of the Centre, UNSW will receive $1.25m of funding over 5 years to advance marine and coastal research in the Southern Hemisphere. The centre will become part of UNSW’s Torch Innovation Precinct—showcasing entrepreneurship and Chinese and Australian collaboration.
Prof Xiao Hua Wang, Founding Director of the UNSW Sino-Australian Research Centre for Coastal Management (SARCCM) in Canberra, will co-lead UNSW’s C-SHOR activities. Through SARCCM, Professor Wang already works closely with the Ocean University of China (OUC) in collaborative research on coastal management, and he was instrumental in initiating UNSW involvement in C-SHOR through his existing partnerships.
C-SHOR activities will be co-led by Professor Matt England from UNSW’s Climate Change Research Centre and Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science. Other C-SHOR partners include Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific Industry and Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the University of Tasmania.