Education and training

At the Marine National Facility, we’re supporting education and training initiatives to help inspire and develop the next generation of marine experts.
Explore our programs and find out how you can get on board.

Science

It’s how we make sense of our world.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People have understood its power for thousands of years.

They see the patterns, the life force through their connection to land and sea.

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, it’s time to come on board. I’ve always had a passion for science and how it can be connected to Indigenous knowledge.

That’s something that really inspired me. I’m a second year university student studying science and law and I’ve got a cadetship with the CSIRO.

The CSIRO wants more students like Hannah McLeary to forge a career in science.

This scholarship will give students the opportunity to take part in voyages on board Australia’s only blue water research vessel, working alongside Australia’s top scientists. Voyages travel from the Southern ocean up to the equator performing oceanography, marine biology and geoscientific research.

Olivia and Abigail took part in a voyage to Antarctica studying whales and krill. They talked to Hannah about being on board.

The opportunity to do really nitty gritty science, it was fantastic.

I gained a whole set of new skills.

Being able to go out in the field and actually have hands on experience in collecting the samples that I’m going to analyse later was just excellent.

I also got to see some incredible thing like blue whales, icebergs.

The whole experience was just incredible. Indigenous university students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics are eligible for this scholarship.

The CSIRO hope these scholarships will kickstart exciting new careers and provide graduates for the CSIRO into the future If you got the opportunity to participate on a voyage, you definitely should do it, because you just never know what you might learn, or what you might be part of, or what you might discover.

Be part of the new wave of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander science leaders. Apply now to join an Investigator Voyage.

Kick start your career with the Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship

The Indigenous Time at Sea Scholarship brings students on board RV Investigator to work alongside scientists and technicians to assist with research and gain valuable at sea research experience. The program will support two students on selected voyages, who will work together, as well as with on board and on shore mentors.

Students will also be provided with ongoing support, mentoring and the potential for employment opportunities to continue their engagement with CSIRO.

Find out more about the program

Educator on Board: Taking teacher training to the high seas

Educator on Board is open to all primary and secondary school teachers who are registered in Australia and employed to work in an Australian school.

Find out more about voyages open for applications, and how to apply.

Find out more about Educator on Board

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- Real-life experiences
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as it brings context back to the class.

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Often, students find it hard
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in maybe what you're teaching at school,

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so being able to show how
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is a fantastic opportunity,

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both for myself, and for the students.

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- It's one thing to just
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but actually to be able to
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how scientists are using that currently,

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that's more meaningful for students,

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and that's what they're going to remember.

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- Educator on Board is a

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teacher professional
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for Australian STEM teachers,

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where we offer the
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to sail onboard Australia's
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RV Investigator.

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it was like it was written for me,

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so I was pretty excited
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- So it's a really rough day today.

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- I thought it would be a great experience

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to be able to see how a vessel runs,

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and to be able to bring
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- What kind of requirements,
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would you need to get on a boat like that?

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the teachers wanted to know,

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and what it was that the
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about working at sea, and
marine science in general.

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to see that that excitement,
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exists at a very early age.

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about the Investigator,
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is that they get that chance to reconnect,

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be inspired, be reinvigorated,

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and catch up with what the
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and what the current research is doing.

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an amazing diversity of science,

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from witnessing and observing
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through to hunting for shipwrecks
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for the first time,

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through to collecting
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to look at toxic algal
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10 or 20 thousand years in the past.

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as part of this program,

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it exposes you to a really
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and each voyage is different,
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and could see the zooplankton,
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on the silk, and the excitement
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that it's been successful,

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it was infectious,

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sitting on the top of that silk.

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I've already organized someone to bring

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some dinoflagellate samples

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into the classroom, and show the students

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exactly what they found on this voyage.

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from up on the bridge,

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with their dynamic positioning system.

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of all the marine life
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how a research vessel runs,

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and being able to bring
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and all the career opportunities,

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whether they're interested in research,

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aboard a vessel like the Investigator.

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- Educator on Board program,

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it's professional
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researchers and teachers.

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Investing in STEMs discipline
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because those are the disciplines

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that will underpin the jobs of the future.

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- I think I'm a better teacher,
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I've made so many connections

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with the scientists on board,

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and I'll have those connections
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developing curriculum-linked resources,

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based on the science of the voyage,

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and the operations of Investigator,

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and those resources will be available

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through the CSIRO website,

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for all Australian teachers to use.

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that's thinking about
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and jump in boots-and-all.

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It is just a unique experience,

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and certainly one that
I will never forget.