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MISA Award

Marine Innovation SA (MISA), an SA Government initiative, has been recognised for Excellence in Collaborative Research at the 2008 South Australian Science Excellence Awards, presented by the Governor, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, on August 22 at the Hilton Hotel Ballroom.

MISA receives a science award

MISA representatives, Flinders University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Research) Professor Chris Marlin
(left) and South Australian Research and Development Institute Executive Director, Professor
Rob Lewis (far right), at the awards presentation with South Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr. Ian Chessell.


The Constellation SA Award acknowledges teams that have shown excellence in collaboration where a significant benefit is being delivered between researchers and users of research which could lead to economic, environmental or social benefits for South Australia. 

MISA partners - the South Australian Research and Development Institute, PIRSA, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, South Australian Museum and the SA seafood industry, are working together to expand SA’s marine research capabilities and its technology transfer and education and training pathways, to foster substantial growth in the fisheries and aquaculture industries.

MISA Steering Committee Chair, Professor Rob Lewis, says that while only being operational for just on two years, MISA has achieved much. “This includes a significant expansion of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre at Port Lincoln, the appointment of more than 30 new scientists in participating institutions greatly strengthening the collaborative culture. MISA is also supporting more than 75 research projects in the areas of Aquaculture, Ecosystem Services, Product Quality and Value Adding and Marine Biosecurity,” said Professor Lewis. 

“MISA has also been instrumental in attracting very significant nationally sourced funding to South Australia through the new CRC for Seafood and the Commonwealth Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) in the areas of marine observing systems (oceanography) and micro-algal production for biofuel extraction." 

“The award is a great recognition of the commitment of the South Australian government, the contributing research and education institutions, scientists and support staff, industries and coastal communities that had the confidence to invest in the innovation and future prosperity of our marine based industries," added Professor Lewis. 

Scientists are based with MISA partners at SARDI Aquatic Sciences, SARDI Innovative Food and Plants, the Lincoln Marine Science Centre, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute for Marketing Science at the University of South Australia, South Australian Museum and the Regency International Centre for Hospitality, Leisure and Food Studies. 

The five year $25.8 million program, includes a SA Government contribution of $13.7 million.

Adelaide Advertiser - 23 August 2008, MISA Award (.PDF)