Inaugural Participant Workshop

Event Details: Wednesday 29th January 2020 9:30AM – Thursday 30th January 2020 5:00PM AEST

Location: Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart.

Participation by invitation only 

The Blue Economy CRC in November 2019 had its first call for projects with the timeline for Expressions of Interest for General Projects closing 14th February 2020. This workshop will allow our participants to meet (some for the first time), to build new collaborations through networking opportunities, and work together to develop industry relevant research ideas in a collaborative and dynamic setting. Ultimately, targeted research aligned to actively ‘problem solve’ for industry is necessary to provide the foundation for Australia to rapidly increase its productivity in the ocean economy and to maintain an internationally competitive position in these key industries.

The Blue economy CRC will deliver a step-change in Australian seafood and energy production that will see Australia become a major producer of high quality, safe and sustainable marine products. The multidisciplinary and collaborative CRC will deliver innovation in integrated offshore Australian seafood and energy systems that are economically viable, environmentally accredited and socially acceptable. Over a ten-year period it will create the new knowledge, technology and future leaders to deliver a transformational change that will move seafood and marine renewable energy production from the coast to the open ocean. [IP1]

The workshop will take place over two days Wednesday 29th January 2020 to Thursday 30th January 2020 at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, 1 Elizabeth Street Pier, Hobart. An agenda and any pre-reading will be sent out to all participants closer to the date of the workshop.

The two days will be structured as follows:

Wednesday 29th January 2020
Registration from 8:30AM – 09:30AM
Workshop from 9:30AM – 5:00PM
A Participant’s networking drinks and canapés will follow from 5:00PM – 6:30PM

Thursday 30th January 2020
Workshop 9:30AM – 5:00PM


Optional Side Event #1 – Launceston Site Visits

Event Details: Tuesday 28th January 2020 10:00AM – 2:00PM AEST

Location:  University of Tasmania – Newnham campus (based in Launceston) – Maritime Way, Newnham, Tasmania

Participation by invitation only 

The UTAS Newnham campus is home to the Head Office of the Blue Economy CRC.  Our head office is also adjacent to the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS), and the leading research and teaching facilities they have on offer.

Please join us on a tour of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) specialist experimental facilities and the Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies (IMAS) Aquaculture facilities.  AMC and IMAS are both specialist institutes of the University of Tasmania.

The AMC’s suite of specialist maritime research and learning facilities are the most advanced in the Southern Hemisphere. They are used intensively by students, researchers, defence organisations, government bodies and international industry partners, who rely on them to innovate and develop new designs, undertake research to improve efficiency and safety, train seafarers and teach students. Further information can be found at

The IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre has a range of tank and aquarium facilities for aquaculture and aquatic biology research. Our Aquaculture Centre is based in Launceston, and the Experimental Aquaculture Facility and the Rock Lobster Culture Systems Hub are located adjacent to the Derwent River at Taroona. Replicated aquaculture recirculation systems (RAS) for freshwater and seawater are suitable for experimental work on nutrition, feeds, health and production. Further information can be found at Other local industry tours may also occur on this day.


Optional Side Event #2 – Hobart Site Visits

Event Details: Friday 31st January 2020 9:00AM – 2:00PM AEST

Location:  Hobart CBD and Surrounds. Meeting point will be outside the front of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) building, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS 7004

Participation by invitation only 

We will be organising several industry tours on this day. Several options will be available for participants.

Please send any questions to