Oceanic Research Institute

NSW, Australia

Established: 2016

Organisation type: Research infrastructure
Geographical scope: Global
Member countries: Australia
Participating countries: Australia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Greenland, New Caledonia, Samoa, Seychelles, Spain, Tonga, United States, Vanuatu
Funding source Percentage

Organisation’s vision:

To lead the way for sustainable futures of oceanic research as a flagship sustainability project, aimed at zero carbon and acoustic emissions.

Organisation’s mission:

ORI has three missions: Education, Communication and Field Research.

Organisation’s objectives (if different from the Mission):

ORI has three missions: Education, Communication and Field Research.

MISSION #1: EDUCATION - to educate Australia's 3.65 million students with a world class interactive Ocean Literacy Program.

MISSION #2: COMMUNICATION - to communicate through print and visual media the Ocean's influence on all life on earth.

MISSION #3: RESEARCH - to explore the Ocean's untold mysteries in traditional carbon-free sailing boats.

COVID UPDATE: As a result of the impact on global travel of COVID-19, we have reordered our research priorities. We are now focusing on Education and Communication, both being aspects of our long-term Research Program. Our proposed Field Research Program (also called "Science under Sail") will be postponed until 2023, when we anticipate that we will be able to safely embark on Ocean Science expedition voyages without risk to our crew, scientists or the climate-vulnerable populations we intend to visit in Arctic East Greenland, Pacific Islands, and Indian Ocean.


  • Capacity Building
  • Ocean-human systems
  • education
  • polar science
  • science


  • Advocating for (ocean) science
  • Conducting research and/or observations
  • Ocean literacy/public outreach