Australia and Taiwan

The Taiwan National Science Council delegation arriving at AIMS Townsville for the signing of the MOU. Image: Tim Simmonds.

In April this year delegates from AIMS and the National Science Council (NSC) of Taiwan signed a memorandum supporting future collaborative exchanges of Australian and Taiwanese researchers.

The CEO of AIMS, Dr Ian Poiner said: "International scientific collaboration is the key to unlocking many of the secrets of our oceans. The oceans cover 71 per cent of the Earth's surface but are less studied, less known and less understood than the land. Sixty four percent of the oceans are outside national jurisdictions in the open oceans and deep sea areas, which highlights the need for international scientific cooperation in studying the oceans."

"Through this memorandum, we will encourage our respective researchers to embark on collaborative research projects, mutual visits and joint workshops, all focussed on marine science."

Dr Poiner said researchers from both organisations were already exploring potential projects that would benefit marine science in both nations.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the National Science Council and AIMS was signed by Deputy Minister of NSC Dr Wen-Chang Chang and CEO of AIMS Dr Ian Poiner.