The Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Technology (CAST) aims to advance collaborative Antarctic and Southern Ocean research through the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), CSIRO and the University of Tasmania (UTAS).
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the three organisations, signed on , will enhance:
- collaboration and innovation in areas of technology and engineering, to achieve greater safety, effectiveness, efficiencies, opportunities and outcomes for all institutions;
- the pooling of expertise among partners to create new opportunities and gain greater efficiency;
- educational opportunities and training, especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields relating to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean; and
- expertise and support for the existing workforce and work programs.
The Centre and its MOU reflect the unique concentration of Antarctic and Southern Ocean expertise in Tasmania. They formalise the already high levels of cooperation between the AAD, CSIRO and UTAS, and will provide further opportunities to work with other national and international project partners.
CAST fulfils an important priority in the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan, to advance Australia’s interests in Antarctica by building Tasmania’s and Hobart’s status as a global polar research hub.