Centre for Antarctic and Southern Ocean Technology in Tasmania

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.

Program 1 – Engagement & Collaboration

Leader: Delphine Lannuzel

  • Summarise infrastructure facilities, capabilities, and their current use.
  • Facilitate access / contact between users and service providers (infrastructure, expertise, data sharing and training opportunities available).
  • Develop a shared vision and roadmap for CAST (5-year plan & priorities).
  • Establish Hobart as a world-class Engineering and Technology hub (research achievements and future aspirations).

Program 2 – People

Leader: Megan Woods

  • Develop collective knowledge about workforce capabilities of CAST member organisations and collaborative solutions to workforce gaps.
  • Facilitate workforce development through collaborative training and developmental initiatives, including staff exchanges and secondments.
  • Create a diverse program of student- focused opportunities with partnering organisations, including PhD projects, internships and Work Integrated Learning placements.
  • Engage in collaborative policy development and research related to the future of work and workforces in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean.

Program 3 – Technology

Leader: Brett Muir

  • Pool our collective resources to efficiently acquire, develop, manage and utilise technology for measuring, monitoring and managing extreme environments.
  • Enable collaborative technology development focusing on autonomous platforms, advanced sensing, and data science.
  • Facilitate interaction and collaboration between equivalent staff of each organisation and develop Communities of Practice.

Program 4 – Shared Data Services

Leader: Johnathan Kool

  • Improving access to shared data collections.
  • Delivering data collections in an integrated and interoperable manner.
  • Sharing best practices relating to data management, and jointly developing data technologies.