Memorial researchers and graduate students are undertaking some of the world’s most ambitious research aimed at unlocking the secrets of the North Atlantic.

In September 2016 the federal government announced nearly $100 million for the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), an historic partnership between Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI). The OFI is focused on solutions for safe and sustainable ocean development.

[This] marks a truly unprecedented era in research innovation at Memorial as our university moves from world class to world leader.PRESIDENT KACHANOSKI

The federal funding will allow Memorial to leverage millions more from industry, government, other partners and the university.

Group Photo: Carey Bonnell, President Kachanoski, Dr. Mark Abrahams, Dr. Paul Snelgrove, Christopher Mitchelmore, Iris Petten, Nick Whalen and Marlies Rise

 

From left are Carey Bonnell, Marine Institute; President Kachanoski; Dr. Mark Abrahams, Faculty of Science; Dr. Paul Snelgrove, Faculty of Science; Minister Christopher Mitchelmore, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; Iris Petten, Board of Regents; Member of Parliament Nick Whalen, Government of Canada; and Marlies Rise, Office of the Vice-President (Research) at the St. John’s launch event for the OFI.

‘Unprecedented era in research’

Speaking at a launch event on Memorial’s St. John’s campus, Dr. Kachanoski said the initiative will have a transformative effect on Memorial University.

“Today marks a truly unprecedented era in research innovation at Memorial as our university moves from world class to world leader, engaging with global partners on solutions for safe and sustainable ocean development,” he said. “This shared federal investment with Dalhousie and the University of Prince Edward Island will boost our partnership’s unmatched research strengths relating to oceans, including offshore fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable coastal communities.”

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