The Malaspina Expedition is one of the world's largest collaborative scientific undertakings. The $23 million (17 million Euros) project involves some 400 scientists/researchers and two ships circumnavigating the world as part of a research program to investigate the health of the world's oceans.
One of the two research vessels, the Hesperides, will arrive in Perth early next week having sailed from Cape Town to Fremantle collecting ocean samples and conducting experiments as part of the circumnavigation. The visit to Western Australia is supported by the UWA Oceans Institute.
The expedition is investigating the effects on our oceans of climate change, pollution, acidification, plankton levels, and the effects of increased UV radiation.
It is also looking at biodiversity at the deepest levels of the oceans, the largest and least explored ecosystem on earth.
What: Media conference to report on research highlights of the Malaspina Expedition.
When: 10am sharp, Monday 14 March 2011
Where: On board the Hesperides, docked at C Berth, Victoria Quay, Fremantle.
NB: News Editors and Chiefs of Staff
Media representatives are asked to assemble at 9.40am at the entrance to the adjacent Maritime Museum to be escorted on board.
Because the Hesperides is a Spanish naval vessel, media wanting to attend the media conference will have to register their details (i.e. name/media organisation/contact phone number) beforehand. They will also need to show photo ID (e.g. drivers' licence or media card) when they board the vessel.
To register, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org by CoB, Friday 11 March.
Tony Malkovic (on behalf of UWA Oceans Institute) (+61 4) 11 103 398
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716