Advancing Science CareersResearch training builds Australia's capacity
Australia excels at coral reef research and effective research training plays a big part in that. At Lizard Island Research Station (LIRS), young researchers can and do gain valuable practical experience during field trips. They are supervised by more senior researchers, they learn from their peers, and they are guided by the LIRS Directors. Their work typically involves operation of research vessels, snorkeling, scuba diving and team leadership. Boat and dive certifications they obtain before arriving on the island do not assure competence in field conditions. The practical experience and guidance obtained at LIRS is important.
Our Foundation accelerates the progress of promising PhD students and early-career researchers through the fellowships program. Fellows obtain valuable early experience in leading a research project for which they have a level of financial autonomy. Most recipients go on to make lifetime contributions in their specialist fields. A list of current and past Fellows is available on the LIRS website.
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Coral reefs need our help
The Great Barrier Reef is a vital part of our ecosystem and a natural wonder beloved by Australians. It is a World Heritage Area that is at risk of being listed as 'in danger' in recognition of the many challenges it faces.
Science and the will for change are the only possible solutions. Our work is helping.