The Program

The ATSIMS program is made up of a series of experiential learning opportunities with our ATSIMS scholars from 13 partnering schools in the greater Townsville region spanning Ingham, Townsville, Ayr and the Burdekin. The program includes:

Module 1 - Program Commencement

Science Place at JCU Townsville (Bebegu Yumba)

Enjoy a day of activities where you participate in a mini-practical on shark spatial ecology, and learn about management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreements (TUMRAs).

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Module 2 - Field Trip to OIRS

Orpheus Island Research Station (OIRS)

Visit JCU’s unique Orpheus Island Research Station, and connect with Manbarra Traditional Owners, Sea Country, and one another. Participate in citizen science projects and create short narrative films inspired by your experience.

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Module 3 - Ranger Day

Location yet to be determined

New for 2023! ATSIMS Scholars will engage with local Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers for a day where they will be immersed in their roles managing Land and Sea Country…stay tuned for more!

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Module 4 - Visit to AIMS

Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Visit the National Sea Simulator and learn about the roles that support coral reef marine research. Discover how technology and robotics support research in a tour of the Cape Cleveland campus by the Indigenous Partnerships team.

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Module 5 - Program Graduation

JCU Marine Aquaculture Research Facility Unit (MARFU)

Participate in an aquaculture-themed mini-practical in the JCU Townsville Science Place labs. Learn about the support offered by the Indigenous Education and Research Centre (IERC), and celebrate your graduation at the ATSIMS awards ceremony.

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