|Address: 01 Cau Da, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, VietNam|
|Director: Dr. Dao Viet Ha
Vice Directors: 1. Dr. Ho Van The
Establishment Decisions N0 23/KHCNQG dated 19 June 1993 issued by the National Centre for Natural Science and Technology (Actually Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology)
|Institute of Oceanography is a fundamental research institution focusing mainly on oceanography, marine environment and resources. It also carries out applied research on biodiversity conservation, aquaculture technologies, marine living resources, physical oceanography, hydrometeorology and ocean dynamics.|
Scientific and technological research
IO’s scientific and technological research has contributed to solve basic questions of Vietnamese sea such as the nature and biodiversity of marine ecosystems, main features of oceanographic processes; physio-ecology of marine life, with successful application and implementation of several technological solutions. Application-oriented fundamental research projects provide better understanding of land-ocean interactions for disaster recovery and mitigation, coastal engineering, development of new cultured species and environmentally friendly farming models; improve knowledge of marine toxins as a basis to ensure food safety, improve marine resource use efficiency (bioactive substances from marine fish byproducts, food supplements from fish…).
Projects funded by NAFOSTED focused on national pressing issues like biodiversity and physio-ecology of important commercial cultured species. Through these projects, the publication of scientific works of IO’s scientists in prestigious international journals such as SCI/SCIE journals has been increased.
Contracts with provincial localities and enterprises such as Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan, Ben Tre, Ha Tinh… paid more attention to their local specific issues, and have provided scientific- socioeconomic bases for environmental protection; sustainable natural resources management, exploitation and development; sustainable fisheries/aquaculture/tourism development planning; and coastal engineering.
In applied research, IO also make some significant results:
- The development of the KIT for rapid detection of ASP and PSP toxins in seafood
In recent years, IO continues its strengths in basic marine research and has recorded great achievements through international cooperation. Under the framework of international cooperation programs, IO’s scientists continue its presence in the East Sea and confirm Vietnam’s sovereignty over the East Sea water and islands. Currently, through PEER program, IO is implementing USAID funded project "Study on coral reef resilience in comparative areas in South Vietnam for marine biodiversity conservation in a changing world”.
The Institute maintains and continues its close relationship with many international organizations and countries such as IOC/WESTPAC, UNEP, IUCN, Russia, Korea, Japan, the United States, France Denmark, Germany etc. in scientific research and exchange, which also help to build the capacity of the scientitst, escpeciall the young, and affirm Vietnam's position in regional and international marine scientific research.
Some remarkable cooperative projects:
- Vietnam-Philippines Joint Oceanographic and Marine Scientific Research Expeditions (JOMSREs). Under the framework of this programme, from 1996 – 2006, 4 JOMSREs were conducted in the East Sea. Through the implementation of the programme, both sides have gained valuable experience in building marine scientific research cooperation for the sake of peace and sustainable development in the East Sea
Training and education: IO co-ordinate with the Faculty of Marine Science and Technology, Graduate University of Science and Technology in post-graduate education, and receives PhD and intenship students in and outside Viet Nam.
IO’s principal and senior researchers are also visiting lecturers at universities, and supervisors of postgraduate students.
Museum of Oceanography
The Museum of Oceanography is an inseparable part of the Institute of Oceanography along with its history of nearly a century of foundation and development. It composes of a marine species domestication area and display areas, where marine living and non-living specimens are arranged in different themes. At present, the Museum is holding a collection of more than 20,000 marine specimens for scientific, communication and education purposes. Its aquarium is a place where a wide variety of marine species, which represent different typical ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds etc, are domesticated and cultured.
IO’s scientific research results on marine environmental impact assessment, ecosystem monitoring and restoration, biodiversity conservation, environmental resources protection are always prioritized to integrate in its communication and education activities in various and diverse forms, including the teaching and exchange of leading scientists. Information boards and models are set in suitable places to raise public awareness about environmental protection, such as “Code of conduct” for the protection of coral reefs, information board introducing the marine ecosystems, waste decomposition time at sea ...
- Third, Second and First-class Labour Medals before 2005
Fact and figures in 2018:
- Number of projects: 20, total budget: 16.4 billion VND
Insitute of Oceanography in 2018
Coral reef survey offshore - JOMSRE project
Viet Nam – German cooperation on South central upwelling
Rehabilitation of coral reef and seagrass bed
Investigation in Spratly Island, 2018
Working in the lab
IOC/WESTPAC 9th International Scientific Symposium in Nha Trang, April 2014
WESTPAC Training Workshop on
The training course “Applying molercule technique to identify marine species” (December2018)
Whale skeleton - Museum of Oceanography
Collection of marine specimen– Museum of Oceanography