Event details


  • Theatre Auditorium, ground floor, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC)
  • Map location

Date and time

  • Tuesday, 16 April, 1–2pm

Event type

  • Talk

Event Fee

  • Free


  • Registration essential
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The Ocean Project 2024

Challenges in ocean research – how might art help? –Panel Discussion


Tuesday 16 April, 1–2pm 

Theatre Auditorium, ground floor

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC), UWA

54 Fairway, Crawley WA 6009

As part of the Ocean Project 2024 join a panel of researchers to discuss key challenges that face the marine environment.

The ocean faces multiple competing concerns, including environmental, social, economic and cultural, all which influence the way we manage and impact the environment and it's ability to adapt to global change.

Dr Beth Fulton a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Environment based in Hobart will lead the discussion together with scientists based at CSIRO Environment at IOMRC, Dr Fabio Boschetti an applied mathematician and social and cognitive psychologist Dr Matthew Andreotta.

Dealing with research data and modelling and evaluating projections for the future provides challenges in communicating complex ideas relating to the ocean; these challenges will be canvased and debated in this public forum.

Free, with registration.


This public discussion commences THE OCEAN PROJECT 2024 at LWAG, that brings together art and science with the aim to make science more accessible to staff, student and the public alike, while illustrating the role art can play in communicating challenging ideas.

The issues presented in this discussion will be taken up during 2024 in a collaboration by Campus Partners: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (LWAG), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Environment at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) and the School of Design, UWA;  together with a professional artists and staff and students from three public schools and colleges as Community Partners. 

Investigating knowledge that is significant and topical – ocean science and new technologies, and Indigenous cultural knowledge - they will bring new research and scholarship to a wider audience, especially to students at all levels, through the production of new artworks based on their investigations. These will be exhibited at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery during 2024.

The Ocean Project I - a new commission by a professional artist (17 July-14 August)

The Ocean Project II - students’ artworks (13 November -23 November)

Campus Partners, LWAG, CSIRO Environment at IOMRC and School of Design, UWA


Dr Beth Fulton is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Environment, where she leads the Integrated Ocean Stewardship Research Domain. She has spent over 20 years developing various system modelling tools for looking at marine ecosystems and sustainability. The common theme to Beth’s work has been on developing system-scale decision support tools in support of sustainable management of potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change.

For example, her work supports understanding for regional marine planning, managing the impacts of fishing, supporting sustainable aquaculture and alternative livelihoods, as well as understanding and managing climate change.

She has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards in recognition of the importance and impact of her work. In 2022 she became a Fellow in both the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering.

Dr Fabio Boschetti is an applied mathematician with a strong multidisciplinary experience, ranging from numerical optimisation to complex system science, modelling of ecological, socio-economic and geophysical processes, information theory and statistical analysis, among others. His work is currently applied to the management of natural resources and their interaction with human activities.

Dr Matthew Andreotta is a social and cognitive psychologist interested in belief formation and change. He blends psychology with data science techniques to identify meaningful patterns in social media data that reflect public perceptions and opinions and has applied his methods to pressing societal issues, such as climate change, the influence of misinformation, and detection of research with misconduct or integrity concerns.



Please note: in keeping with the University's guidelines, space is limited for this event and registration is required.



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