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All aboard: science fleet sails to coastal communities

May 15, 2019
Hands-on marine science coming to west coast communities thanks to NSERC PromoScience.

Thanks to $150,000 in funding over three years from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s PromoScience program, more west coast communities will have the chance to experience marine science, hands-on.

School of Environment & Sustainability Assoc. Prof. Audrey Dallimore leads the joint venture between Royal Roads University, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Natural Resources Canada. Dallimore has been Chief Scientist or Participating Scientist on more than twenty research cruises and with the help of PromoScience funding, has encouraged marine researchers to spend some time visiting the local communities where their research is undertaken.

Last year’s PromoScience Expedition included visits by scientists and researchers aboard the CCGS Vector to Bamfield, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Students and community members were invited to board a research vessel and learn about local marine research and participate in interactive science activities and projects aimed at resolving local community-identified marine and environmental issues. In the next three years, more community ship tours and hands-on local community science activities will be sponsored by this new PromoScience funding. 

The NSERC funding news came as part of an announcement of $9 million in PromoScience funding for 96 recipients across the country. The grants support hands-on learning experiences to inspire the next generation of scientists and research leaders, with a particular focus on the under-represented groups of women and Indigenous people participating in the physical and natural sciences.