Education

Program 4

An important part of the work of Lizard Island Research Station is to facilitate education about coral reefs. Student groups from Australian and international schools and universities use the station as a base for educational visits. All of these groups benefit from the research facilities that are provided by our Foundation.

Coral Reef Study Tour

In 2019 a new initiative for the Foundation was undertaken to provide opportunities for future researchers and their mentors in which highly-achieving high school science students and inspirational teachers are immersed in coral reef science at LIRS. The first such trip was scheduled for April 2020 but COVID-19 forced its postponement.  The inaugural trip finally took place in Easter 2022 and of the original 18 selected to take part, 13 students and two teachers were able to make the trip.

The second Coral Reef Study Tour took place in October 2023, with 16 NSW students and 2 teachers immersing themselves in coral reef ecology and marine biology over 7 days.

It is hoped this study tour will run as an ongoing annual program.  Students and teachers are selected through a competitive process and if you’d like further information, please contact us.
The aim of which is to inspire and educate our next generation of marine scientists so that Australia’s leadership in coral reef research continues into the future.  Funding has been provided by three generous donors:

the aim of which is to inspire and educate our next generation of marine scientists so that Australia’s leadership in coral reef research continues into the future.

Learning with real meaning and purpose is always the most powerful and so it has been with this field trip. [My son] came home abuzz and had us sit down down and view a confronting video on the impact of the fishing industry on marine ecology. Such behaviour is reflective of transformative learning.

Parent of student participant -

Emmanuel Anglican College trip to LIRS, 2021

Photo gallery

Stories from student trips

Our Other Programs

Researchers in aquarium

Program 1 - Fellowships

We provide fellowships that support field-intensive coral reef research by PhD students and early-career researchers.
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Program 2 - Research grants

We provide grants for critical research that is often time-sensitive and for which funds may not be readily available from another source.
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Some of the new solar panels on the roof of the Kalkhoven Wing and the aquarium

Program 3 - Research facilities

We provide the facilities and equipment that underpin coral reef research and education at Lizard Island Research Station.
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Contact

Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation
c/- Australian Museum
1 William Street, Sydney NSW 2010
admin@lirrf.org

Lizard Island Research Station
lizard@australian.museum
+61 (0)7 4060 3977

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We acknowledge Dingaal and Ngurrumungu Traditional Owners of the lands, seas and skies of the Lizard Island region.