Drop into our new discovery space, the ocean container laboratory, to explore what lies beneath the surface of the harbour! 

Meet the pint-sized planet protectors that save our seas at our ocean container laboratory- a space to explore what lies beneath the surface of the harbour. Discover more about the secret life of plankton, see films captured by our underwater drones and learn more about the biodiversity of our Sydney harbour environment through experiments and demonstrations.

UTS Micro-CSI on site at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Image by Andrew Frolows

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

Dr Martina Doblin checks the temperature of an experiment being conducted on an oceanographic voyage. Photo: Doug Thost

The Micro-CSI was the first of its kind in Australia, and brought together 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 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.

Cost: Included in any paid ticket
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 on board CSIRO MNF RV Investigator

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