Science and Technology
Tasmania’s science and technology sector is thriving with many internationally renowned institutions such as the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence in Ore Deposits, and the Australian Maritime College. Key national research bodies located in Tasmania include the Australian Antarctic Division and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, addressing challenges of local and global significance. One Science and Technology cluster that has already achieved unique global significance and will continue to advance is the Tasmanian Antarctic Gateway.
Tasmania also has many established and start-up technology and service companies that are experiencing success in international markets. These companies are broader than information and communication technology, reaching into advanced manufacturing, food, consulting and other sectors.
Many Tasmanian businesses provide goods and services that support the complex science undertaken in Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. These businesses are represented by the industry organisation, the Tasmanian Polar Network.
National Antarctic Programs from Australia, France, Italy, China, the United States, New Zealand, Korea, Russia and Japan buy a wide range of high quality products especially suited for use in Antarctic and Southern Ocean conditions from TPN members.
The Department of State Growth supports the international engagement activities of the TPN across the global Antarctic sector, including attendance at meetings of the key operational managers who purchase logistical support for national Antarctic programs, participation in trade missions, and identification of market opportunities. As a result of engagement with the Chinese Antarctic Program during a recent trade mission to China, the Chinese announced their intention to schedule two port calls of their icebreaker Xuelong in Hobart this season. This will deliver an estimated $2.5 million into the Tasmanian economy and provide opportunity for further interaction between Tasmanian businesses, TPN members and the Antarctic scientific community.