CAPSTAN sea training program

CAPSTAN is a postgraduate sea training program being delivered on RV Investigator and supported by a network of leading Australian industry and university partners.

The challenge

A multidisciplinary workforce

Australia’s growing blue economy is an industry estimated to be worth $100 billion dollars a year to the nation by 2025 - and marine science is an critical discipline to support that. Marine scientists help us better understand our vast marine estate to ensure the sustainable management and prosperity of our ecosystems and industries that depend on them.

Two scientists outside on Investigator, inspecting the contents of a sample

To help Australia fulfil its blue economy potential and prosper as a nation, marine science requires a multidisciplinary workforce. And while Australian marine science training is world-class in specific areas, few Australian universities offer multidisciplinary training that encompasses the full spectrum of the marine science disciplines aligned with the needs of industry and government.

Our response

CAPSTAN – a collaborative alliance

The Marine National Facility (MNF) is part of a network of leading Australian industry and university partners delivering CAPSTAN (Collaborative Australian Post-Graduate Sea Training Alliance Network), a program equipping marine students with industry-relevant training on board the Marine National Facility’s RV Investigator.

CAPSTAN is a first of its kind program in Australia that transforms the way marine science education is delivered. It is led by a committed and unified team of educators and marine science experts. The program is helping to develop the next generation of marine experts to the highest calibre to become the future generation of world-leading, innovative marine experts.

CAPSTAN is a targeted and collaborative response to addressing the key challenges facing Australia’s oceans and blue economy, and is aligned with Australia’s Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) agenda and the National Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) strategy.

Administered by Macquarie University, CAPSTAN is supported by the MNF through dedicated sea time on Australia’s blue water research vessel Investigator. As an advanced, multi-disciplinary vessel capable of operating across Australia’s vast marine estate, RV Investigator is proving the ideal platform for cross-disciplinary teaching and training at sea.

The results

Future careers in the marine sector

To date, CAPSTAN has provided unparalleled teaching and training to over 40 postgraduate students and 16 trainers and Chief Scientists/co-Chief Scientists from 17 Australian universities representing every state and territory.

Many of the participants from the inaugural CAPSTAN voyage in 2017 have furthered their education and careers in the marine sector, with several having undertaken research projects based on their experiences and data collected on their voyages. The connections and professional networks that have been acquired by CAPSTAN participants will prove invaluable as they work towards their future careers in the marine sector.

CAPSTAN is administered by Macquarie University, and supported by a network of leading industry and university partners, as well as through grants of sea time on RV Investigator from the MNF.

Further information

Dr Ben Arthur

Engagement Programs Coordinator ben.arthur@csiro.au +61362325078