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Community invited for an IMAS insight

Tasmanians and visitors will be able to get a rare insight into the world-leading marine and Antarctic science conducted by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) during Australian Antarctic Festival.

IMAS will hold public open days at its waterfront building adjacent to PW1 from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 10 September, and Sunday, 11 September 2016, as part of the inaugural Antarctic Festival.

Executive Director Professor Richard Coleman said that in the six years since its creation IMAS had established a global reputation for high-quality research and teaching and the institute was keen to showcase its work to the community.

“Visitors to our Antarctic Festival Open Days will get a fascinating glimpse of the marine and Antarctic research that’s being undertaken by world-leading scientists based here in Hobart.

“Our displays will feature research into ice cores, the development of a new Automated Underwater Vehicle (AUV), the use of drones to map and video ice sheets, the skulls of Antarctic mammals and birds, and research into local and Southern Ocean marine species.

“We’ll also present a range of fascinating videos about Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, and there’ll be a series of talks by our researchers on subjects ranging from krill to underwater robots, and from Antarctic law to oxygen levels in the ocean,” Professor Coleman said.

“There’ll also be plenty to engage the young scientists of the future, including face-painting, a penguin spy-cam track, and the chance to see and touch local marine life.”

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