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A year into Albany having been put on the international map for ocean renewable energy, the new headquarters are getting ready to host a multi-disciplinary cohort of researchers and industry developers in the Old Railway Station on Proudlove Parade. Part of The University of Western Australia, the State Government co-funded Wave Energy Research Centre is managing world-leading research and fieldwork activities into wave modelling, wave prediction, coastal processes and foundation design. This is Australia’s new knowledge hub for innovation in ocean renewable energy with a strong commitment to community engagement.

Wiebke Ebeling completed a PhD in neuroscience at The Australian National University in Canberra. During her degree, she also founded a school outreach and science communication initiative that led her to look for a career without lab coats or gum boots. Before arriving to call Albany home, she was the Outreach Officer of the Australian Ocean Data Network in Hobart and the Education & Outreach Manager of the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in Perth. During those years, Wiebke found lots of ways to share her love for science, for example by producing a children’s comic book and a planetarium show. She moved to Albany a year ago for her current job as the Centre Manager of the UWA Wave Energy Research Centre, with a vision to offer science engagement opportunities for the Great Southern community in the new Centre headquarters.

Listen to Weibke at the Sustainable Community Festival Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square