Where did this ocean laboratory come from?
The Microbial Cell Sorting and Imaging laboratory (Micro-CSI) is essentially a lab-in-a-box. It's a converted shipping container which served as a self-contained mobile laboratory for Australian marine researchers when aboard the ocean-going research vessel, Investigator.
The Micro-CSI was the first of its kind in Australia and brought together with precision scientific equipment in a compact way. Led by Dr Martina Doblin from the Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology, Sydney – a team of researchers from several Australian universities studied the temperature tolerance, diversity and activity of ocean microbes.
* The Ocean Lab is open daily during school holidays from 10.30 am to 4 pm. Interactive activities such as experiments and live plankton collections will only be available on weekends during Term 4.
Ages: 4-14 and adults
Session times and activities will vary each day. Ask our friendly front of house staff.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only three people at a time will be allowed inside the lab
The Ocean Lab is developed in partnership with the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology, Sydney. It is delivered using the MICRO-CSI ocean-going container used by Professor Martina Doblin for oceanographic research onboard CSIRO MNF RV Investigator.