AUSTRALIA - JAPAN SYMPOSIUM
The Australian Academy of Science and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) jointly organised the Japan-Australia marine science workshop, held in Tokyo from 11-12 July 2013. The workshop was co-funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIICCSRTE) and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
Eighteen Australian experts, including five early-mid career researchers, participated in the workshop, which included keynote presentations and breakout discussions across three themes:
* What are the biogeochemical processes that influence ocean acidification and the impacts of acidification on biodiversity?
* What do we understand about the limits to the adaptability of tropical and sub-tropical marine ecosystems to climate change?
* What new technologies are required to better explore and routinely observe tropical and subtropical marine systems?
The Academy worked closely with the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in preparation for the workshop, and the Australian delegation was led by AIMS CEO John Gunn.
As a result of the workshop, it was agreed that both countries would develop a work program to guide future collaborative research into tropical and sub-tropical marine science between Japan and Australia. A summary statement to this effect was signed by DIICCSRTE and MEXT.
The workshop was followed by a public forum on Saturday, 13 July 2013.