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IMAS open to the public for Australian Antarctic Festival 2018

Visitors had the chance to get a close-up view of Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)’s world-class Antarctic and Southern Ocean research during public open days as part of this year’s Australian Antarctic Festival  (4-5 August).

Held at the IMAS waterfront building in Castray Esplanade, the festival's displays included a new $6 million Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV), local marine life to see and touch, virtual reality headsets showing Tasmanian underwater ecosystems, marine mammal skulls, a microscope display and research by IMOS and ACE CRC.

There was also be a special series of talks, films and music called Understanding Antarctica through the arts.

Interim IMAS Executive Director Professor Chris Carter said the Antarctic Festival open days provided a fascinating glimpse of the marine and Antarctic research being undertaken by world-leading scientists based in Tasmania.

“Tasmania is home to a unique array of Southern Ocean and Antarctic research institutions and a world-leading group of marine and polar scientists,” he said.

“During the Antarctic Festival visitors [were] able to see firsthand fascinating research being carried out by scientists from both IMAS and our research collaborators at ACE CRC, the Antarctic Gateway Partnership, IMOS, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.”

Published on: 06 Aug 2018 12:07pm