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ARC CEO to launch new ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

ARC CEO to launch new ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

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3 July 2014

ARC CEO to launch new ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, has opened the 2014 Future of Coral Reefs symposium and also launched the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies today in Canberra.

The initial ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was funded in 2005 by the ARC under the ARC Centres of Excellence scheme; the Centre was successful with afurther application—and a new direction—for funding in the most recent scheme round.

Professor Byrne said that the Centre was a high-performing research group with high quality research outcomes.

"It is vital that we protect the reefs we have today to ensure they are here for our future generations," Professor Byrne said.

"The work of this Centre of Excellence is making important discoveries that will protect our fish populations and other sea-life, but it is also undertaking research to ensure that communities across the Asia-Pacific can depend on the ecosystem services that coral reefs provide, for their livelihoods, tourism and food security—now and in the future."

The symposium will feature presentations from leading coral reef scientists and policymakers including:

  • Dr Jon Brodie, TropWater, James Cook University
  • Daniel Gschwind, Chief Executive, Queensland Tourism Industry Council
  • Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg FAA, Australian Laureate Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Professor Terry Hughes FAA, Australian Laureate Fellow, James Cook University
  • Professor Jeremy Jackson, International Union for Conservation of Nature, USA
  • Professor Helene Marsh, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University
  • Professor Malcolm McCulloch FRS FAA, Australian Laureate Fellow, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Hugh Possingham, FAA, ARC Laureate Fellow, University of Queensland
  • Professor Bob Pressey FAA, Distinguished Professor of Conservation Planning, James Cook University.

More information about the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies is below.

Media contact:         
ARC Stakeholder Relations - 0412 623 056         
ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies - 0417 741 638

ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies

Funding:   $28 million over seven years

Centre Director:   Professor Terry Hughes

Administering Organisation: James Cook University

Collaborating and Partner Organisations:

  • The Australian National University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • National Centre for Scientific Research, France (CNRS)
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • Stanford University
  • WorldFish Center

Aim: The overarching aim of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for sustaining ecosystem goods and services of the world's coral reefs, which support the livelihoods and food security of millions of people in the tropics. The Centre will  enhance Australia's global leadership in coral reef science through three ambitious research programs  addressing the future of coral reefs and their ability to adapt to change. A key outcome of the research will be providing tangible benefits to all Australians by building bridges between the natural and social sciences, strengthening capacity, and informing and supporting transformative changes in coral reef governance and management.

More information: Please visit the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrated Coral Reef Studies website for further information.

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