CAPSTAN sea training program

CAPSTAN is a postgraduate sea training program on RV Investigator that is 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 a critical discipline to support that. Marine researchers 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 a range of areas, few Australian universities offer multidisciplinary training that encompasses the full spectrum of 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 RV Investigator.

CAPSTAN is a first of its kind program in Australia that transforms the way marine science education is delivered. Led by a passionate team of educators and marine science experts, the program is helping develop the next generation of marine experts.

CAPSTAN is a targeted and collaborative response to address the key challenges facing Australia’s oceans and blue economy. It 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 RV Investigator. An advanced, multi-disciplinary vessel, RV Investigator offers 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 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.

Further information

Dr Ben Arthur

Engagement Programs Coordinator +61 3 6232 5078