We had 165 delegates from 19 countries from Academia, Government agencies and industry, specialising in marine habitat mapping from all over the World.
Generous sponsors allowed us to support 8 international students to attend the meet. We organised shared bush villas for accommodation with Deakin students and post-docs. A good time was had by all with quite a few exchanges of ideas.
Following the event we hosted leading scientists at the Deakin Warrnambool Campus from SCRIPPS Institute of Marine Science (USA), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (UK), University Technology Malaysia and University California.
Deakin had a great presence at the event with fantastic support by 11 admin and tech staff, undergrads, post-grads and post-docs which helped the event to run smoothly. The backdrop of Lorne provided the perfect location and extensive seafloor mapping offshore undertaken along the otway coast on display stimulating many collaborations and discussions.
As you can tell by the picture above, Yolla, Deakins flagship research vessel attracted plenty of attention with discussion for research collaboration all over Australia.
Hope to see you with us next year!