Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) was established in 1998 to advise the MNF Steering Committee on matters relating to research proposals including alignment with MNF selection criteria. Prior to 1998, a User Sub-committee assisted Steering Committee with vessel scheduling advice, a task which is now undertaken by the MNF Ship Management Group and the Supplementary Scheduling Committee.

Scientific Advisory CommitteeBack row l to r: Philip Boyd, Andrew Heap, Neville Smith, Ed Butler, Peter Doherty. Front row l to r: Alain Protat, Susan Wijffels, Joanne Whittaker, Ron Plaschke, Ian Poiner.


Established as an advisory committee under the Marine National Facility Steering Committee (MNFSC), the overarching purpose of the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is to provide advice to the MNFSC on the assessment of Criteria 1 and 3 for MNF Granted Voyage applications, scientific operations, equipment needs and any other research matters as required. The SAC is governed by a Terms of Reference.

It should be noted that the SAC's role does not include the evaluation of User Funded Voyage applications; this process is managed through the Supplementary Scheduling Committee (SSC) who report to the MNF directly for this purpose.

The Terms of Reference for the SAC are outlined in the link below:


Updated: 08 November 2017