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Independent Science Panel

The Independent Science Panel is a working group of the Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel which provides broader scientific advice on implementing the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

The Independent Science Panel:

  • Provides advice on knowledge gaps, science priorities and delivery associated with the overall implementation of the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan.
  • Conducts scientific reviews of Reef water quality activities and initiatives, including annual and other reports, and makes specific recommendations about the direction, content and details of future activities.
  • Provides timely independent scientific advice and review to ensure Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan implementation, monitoring and reporting:
    • is scientifically defensible and achievable
    • is being undertaken in a scientifically credible and cost-effective manner
    • has been designed, implemented and managed according to best scientific and environmental standards
    • will utilise contemporary, fit-for-purpose methods of data collection, quality assurance and statistical methodologies
    • has processes in place to effectively integrate the various Program activities (and where appropriate other related activities)
    • will communicate the findings in a timely and appropriate manner to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Provides advice on the possible inclusion of new and innovative methods to support monitoring and reporting activities.

Independent Chair

Dr Roger Shaw has been appointed by the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum as independent chair of the committee.


The Independent Science Panel has a skills-based membership that may include up to seven members, including an independent chair, with expertise in the following areas:

  • agronomic and landscape processes
  • marine and freshwater biochemistry, ecology and modelling
  • resource management, water quality and ecosystem health target-setting and monitoring
  • information integration, synthesis, reporting and communication
  • social and economic methodologies
  • statistics and analytics
  • coastal ecosystems
  • ecotoxicology.

The Reef Plan Secretariat, based in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet, provides secretariat support.

Last updated:
20 March, 2018
Last reviewed:
14 July, 2011

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