Oceanic Research Institute (ORI) is Australia’s only independent, CSIRO-Approved Research Institute for Ocean Science.
ORI has three missions:
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.
ORI’s Research Committee of world-renowned international scientists address impacts of climate change on oceanic and coastal environments through global collaborative research using clean energy, and sustainable operations for healthy oceans.
ORI is committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and is a partner in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) - to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health.
ORI is also a Registered Australian Charity (ACNC) with ATO-endorsed DGR status meaning donations to ORI are fully tax-deductible.