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Eminent marine sciences academic to be new AIMS director

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11 October 2000             00/459 

EMINENT MARINE SCIENCES ACADEMIC TO BE NEW AIMS DIRECTOR  Professor Stephen J Hall from Flinders University has been named today as the new Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin, said Professor Hall would take up his position on 14 November 2000.

Senator Minchin welcomed the appointment of Professor Hall, an eminent scholar and researcher in his field, to the national research leadership position.

AIMS, a Federal statutory authority, is Australia's only research organisation devoted solely to marine science and technology, and is a vital partner in fulfilling the goals of Australia's Ocean Policy, an initiative of the Federal Government released in 1998.

Professor Hall currently is Professor of Marine Biology at Flinders University of South Australia and Director of the Lincoln Marine Science Centre.

Before his appointment at Flinders, Professor Hall was Head of Fish Biology at the Scottish Office, Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen, Scotland.

He is a recent recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.

Professor Hall has served on numerous national and international committees and is a past chairman of the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities. This group provides advice to ICES and the European Commission on fishing effects and other aspects of coastal zone management. He has also acted as a consultant to the United Arab Emirates and the European Commission on a variety of marine and fisheries issues.

Professor Hall replaces Dr Russell Reichelt, who led AIMS for five years until April this year when he left to become CEO of the Co-operative Research Centre for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

AIMS has been operating under the leadership of Acting Director Dr John Bell between April and October. 


Jennifer Eddy, Office of Senator Minchin, 02 62777580 


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