Restoring Kelp Forests

11 August 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
City of Perth Library

Find out how scientists are restoring this crucial habitat

About this event

Kelp forests used to dominate coastlines around the world, but an accelerated loss of kelp is happening globally. How can we restore these crucial forests at the scales needed, whilst giving them the best chance to survive in a changing ocean? We are trailing techniques for restoring these essential kelp forests using rocks seeded with baby kelp.

Georgina Wood

Georgina Wood is a postdoctoral researcher in UWA’s Oceans Institute. Her work revolves around the ecology and genetics of coastal environments and developing solutions to the challenges that these systems face, both now and into the future. Georgina is a passionate science communicator and has delivered various marine ecology-themed workshops for local councils, schools and NGOs.

Change and Connections AMSA 2022

7 August 2022
11 August 2022
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Australian Ocean Energy Market Summit

10 May 2022
11 May 2022
All-day event
Wrest Point Hobart

The Australian Ocean Energy Group’s Summit is the Australian Ocean Energy Group's signature event with the aim to increase market adoption of renewable ocean energy in Australia.

It is about creating supply and demand by connecting end users with ocean energy system suppliers and renewable energy project specialists to advance commercialisation of Australia’s ocean energy sector. It is intended to inform a diversity of markets about the strong benefits of utilising the right zero-emissions ocean energy technology solution aligned with the right system.

Albany’s New Wave Energy Project

24 February 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Albany Public Library

Join Dr Wiebke Ebeling from Marine Energy Researcg Australia at UWA's Albany Campus to learn about Albany's New Wave Energy Project: Theme 4.

Dr Ebeling manages Albany’s Marine Energy Research Centre, located on the UWA Albany campus in the historic train station building on lower Stirling Terrace.

Learn about where Wave Energy is being used successfully around the world as an alternative energy source and the exciting things that are happening locally around this project.

Australian Coral Reef Society conference 100 Year Anniversary

25 November 2022
28 November 2022
12:00 am - 12:00 am
The University of Queensland

Ocean Film Festival Australia

12 March 2022
30 April 2022
12:00 am - 12:00 am
WA venues

Ocean Film Festival Australia

Designed to mesmerise and enthrall, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour showcases a 3 hour celebration of our oceans comprised of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.

This unique collection of short films from around the globe documents the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrates the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

The films feature captivating cinematography, complete with awe-inspiring underwater scenes and fast-paced wave sequences that have been captured from unbelievable vantage points.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival World Tour is filled with moving footage, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Each of the festival’s films conveys a deep respect and appreciation for the world’s oceans and the creatures that call them home.


Launch of The Conversation 2021 Yearbook

9 December 2021
12:00 am - 12:00 am
UWA Business School

Launch of The Conversation 2021 Yearbook

Celebrate 10 years of the Conversation, with the launch of The Conversation 2021 Yearbook at the University of Western Australia.

Join Michael Hopkin, The Conversation Section Editor (Science + Tech) and Deputy Chief of Staff, and Dr Julia Powles, Associate Professor, Law and Technology at the UWA Law School and Director, Minderoo Tech and Policy Lab, as they discuss social media, privacy, big data and the year that was.


Riding the Wave to Zero Emission Energy

8 December 2021
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Riding the Wave to Zero Emission Energy

The Blue Economy CRC’s Offshore Renewable Energy Systems (ORES) program aims to advance the technological and commercial readiness of emerging offshore renewable energy technologies, so they can fulfil their potential to decarbonise offshore industries, including aquaculture, and export energy as electricity and hydrogen.

Commercialisation opportunities include the design and development of renewable energy conversion devices; microgrid technologies for producing electricity and hydrogen offshore; optimal solutions for offshore energy storage. In addition to energy production, the ORES program will also focus on essential resources for aquaculture such as freshwater and oxygen.

This webinar will outline the technical aspects, market potential and barriers associated with different methods and technologies for capturing and converting wave energy to electricity. We will show the research being undertaken to accelerate the commercialisation of wave energy technology to reduce costs and increase the performance, by the partners in the Blue Economy CRC.


Minderoo-UWA Marine Heatwaves Workshop 2021

19 August 2021
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre

Minderoo-UWA Marine Heatwaves Workshop 2021
9.00am – 1.15pm, 19 August 2021
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre
Free tickets at:

About this event
Sea surface temperatures on the West Australian coast were up to 2.5 °C warmer than average in the northwest in December of 2020 and 3 °C warmer than average in the central west in January this year. Although unlikely to reach the severity of the heatwaves in 2011, monthly forecasts for March and April still suggest considerably warmer-than-average conditions down the WA coast.
In this workshop, we bring together researchers from multiple disciplines to share emerging data on the 2021 heatwave event, discuss the effects on ecosystems, populations and industries, as well as explore preparedness in the face of future heatwave events.

Session 1 - Keynote Speakers
• Claire Spillman (Bureau of Meteorology)- Using seasonal forecasts to inform stakeholders during the 2021 West Australian marine heatwave
• Peter Rive (Aqualink) - Tracking of heatwaves worldwide: the Aqualink story

Session 2 - Marine Heatwaves Background
• Ming Feng (CSIRO) - Large-scale climate drivers of the marine heatwaves and cold spells off the west coast of Australia
• Chari Pattiaratchi (UWA) - TBC
• Mike Cuttler (UWA) - Real-time, in situ monitoring of waves and water temperature along WA
• Fabio Boschetti (CSIRO) - Statistical prediction of marine heatwaves via machine learning
• Matt Rayson (UWA) - Sub-surface observations of ocean heat content off Northern Australia during 2020-2021

Session 3 - Potential Impacts
• Ryan Lowe (UWA) - Ocean drivers of reef-scale heat budgets: implications for coral bleaching
• Nicole Ryan (AIMS)- Western Australian Coral Bleaching Group
• Claire Ross (DBCA)- DBCA long-term monitoring of seawater temperature and benthic habitats
• Thomas Wernberg (UWA) - Ecological impacts of marine heatwaves
• Nick Caputi (DPIRD)- The effect of marine heatwaves on fisheries in Western Australia
• Priscilla Goncalves (Minderoo) - Harnessing environmental DNA for long-term biomonitoring of marine heatwave hotspots

Session 4 – Group discussion

The ocean’s chemistry is changing. Why does it matter?

19 August 2021
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Excessive CO2 emissions isn’t just an atmospheric problem, it’s changing the chemistry of our oceans and impacting ocean life. Join Australian Institute of Marine Science Senior Principal Research Scientist Dr Katharina Fabricius for a special webinar to learn about ocean acidification and how we can help mitigate it.

This webinar is part of National Science Week.