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Hidden Depths - Explore the deep south

Friday 12th September 2003
Interstate delegates arrive.

9.30 - 4.30 State Representatives Meeting - Law Building, University of Tasmania - includes a presentation by Billy Harass (MESA webmanager) on the MESA website

5.00 pm Early registrations/Displays set up

7.00 pm Public Slide show - Mike Sugden: Port Davey - a unique marine environment

Saturday 13th September 2003

Australia's Southern Temperate Marine Research

8.30 am Registrations
9.00 am Welcome - National President of MESA, Mark Rodrigue
Opening - His Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Green
9.20 am Keynote - Professor Craig Johnson, University of Tasmania:
Australia's Marine Environment: Education for a sustainable future
9.45 am Southern Temperate Marine Research - Panel session:
· National Oceans Office - Dr Naomi Parker - South-east Regional Marine Plan
· Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems CRC - Associate Professor Tom Trull:
· University of Tasmania - Associate Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff: Harmful Algal Blooms in the Australian Region
· Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute - TBC Current research priorities

11.00 am Morning Tea with the Gurus! - browse the displays and take a cuppa with the experts - as well as our morning speakers several other well known marine scientists have been invited to share morning tea with us:

CSIRO Marine Research
Facility, Hobart
· Ron Mawbey - Aquenal Pty Ltd
· John Stevens - CSIRO
· Shirley Geoffrey - past CSIRO chief, Algologist
· Pat Quilty - AAD
· George Cresswell - CSIRO
· Nick Mooney - DPIWE
· Dr Karen Gowlett-Holmes - Eaglehawk Dive Centre
· Dr Christine Crawford - DPIWE
· Al Williams - CSIRO
· Neville Barrett - TAFI
· Barry Bruce - CSIRO

11.30 - 12.30 Concurrent workshops on life and science in the frozen south

11.30 · Dana Bergstrom, Australian Antarctic Division: Adaptations of plants to the subantarctic
· Nick Gales, Australian Antarctic Division: Antarctic ecosystems
12.00 noon
· Garry Davidson, University of Tasmania, Geology Department: The oceanic crust and smoke stack communities in the southern ocean
· Marilyn Boydell, Past station leader: Life and living in the Antarctic

12.45 pm Depart the University for lunch and a chance to enjoy the colour and excitement of Hobart's famous Salamanca Market

2.00 pm Afternoon excursions to:
· Scientific research facilities
Tasmanian Aquaculture & Fisheries Institute
Australian Antarctic Division, Krill Aquarium

· Public facilities
Antarctic Adventure - Carmel
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
· Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre

6.00 pm Cocktail Party at Government House - hosted by His Excellency, the Governor of Tasmania, Sir Guy Green

7.30 pm Travel by Double Decker bus to Dinner at one of Hobart's famous waterfont seafood restaurants: Mures Upper Deck

Mures Restaurant

Sunday 14th September

Bringing the Sea into the Classroom

8.30 am Conference Breakfast and MESA AGM

9.30 am Keynotes:

· Mark Rodrigue, Marine Parks, Victoria: Educating for Victoria's Marine National Parks & Marine Sanctuaries

· Caroline Sutton, CSIRO Marine: Science in Salamanca
· Barry Bruce, CSIRO Marine: Neale and Heather - Sharks in the Classroom!


diving in Tasmania

10.30 am Bob Moffatt, Wet Paper Publications: Marine Science -A New Classroom Resource

10.35 am Morning tea and displays including:

· Barry Peters: Coast Songs for Kids

· Liz Haywood, Australian Antarctic Division: Classroom Antarctica

· Finding Nemo - educational activities - Angela Colliver - GBRMPA

11.10 am Launch of AUSMEPA's new education kit Marine Pests & Threats

11.30 - 12.30 Concurrent workshops on Marine Educational resources

11.30 am · Ingrid Albion, Nature Conservation Branch: Whales and rescues in the classroom

· Barb Jensen & Mike, AUSMEPA: Web resource on Marine Pests & Threats

· Angela Colliver, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: GBRMPA's Reef Guardian School program

· Thomas Moore, CSIRO Marine: Coastview - science in the surf

12.00 pm · Ingrid Albion, Nature Conservation Branch & Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre: Marine Pests - a unique school-based monitoring project
· Billy Harass, Webmanager: MESA website & resources - how to get involved
· Bob Moffatt, Wet Paper Publications: What resources can I recommend to Primary & Secondary schools to get them started in Marine Education
· National Oceans Office: A National Education strategy - needs & resources

12.30 pm Lunch including: · Double Helix Drama Performance

1.30 pm Conference Farewell - Mark Rodrigue, National President MESA

1.45 pm Afternoon excursions:
· Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre
· Techniques in marine art
· Kayaking with Roaring 40's
· Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery


Public Slide Show
“Port Davey – a unique marine environment”
Friday 12th September, 7.00pm to 9.00pm
An exciting slide show of the amazing ecosystem in Port Davey
Cost – Included in your registration fee

Government House Reception
Saturday 13th September, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
His Excellency, the Honourable Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO, Governor of Tasmania, and Lady Green, have kindly offered to provide a Reception at Government House. Transport provided from the three nominated conference Hotels to Government House from 5.30pm.

Only those who indicate on the Registration Form that they wish to receive an invitation to Government House will be issued with an offi cial invitation.
Cost – By invitation only
Dress – Jacket and tie required by gents please

Conference Dinner – Mures Upper Deck Restaurant
Saturday 13th September, 7.30pm to late (immediately following the Reception at Government House). Mures is one of our most famous seafood restaurants located on Hobart’s waterfront. Fine Tasmanian food, wine and dancing will be a highlight of the evening.

Cost – Full delegates – included in your registration fee (food, fi rst drinks and entertainment)
Day Delegates & Guests – $55.00 per person

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