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Professor Peter Steinberg



University of New South Wales, Australia


Peter Steinberg is Professor of Biology and Director of the Centre for Marine Bio-Innovation at The University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a Visiting Professor in the Singapore Center for Environmental Life Science Engineering at Nanyang Technological University. He is also the Director and CEO of the multi-university Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and Director of the World Harbour Project, a global research program on sustainable approaches to urban marine waterways.
Peter has 30 years of experience and some 160 international publications in a diversity of biological and ecological fields, and is an inventor on 9 patents. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, CEO of a publically listed biotechnology company and is on the editorial boards of leading scientific journals. His research interests include environmental change and marine coastal ecology; kelp and seaweed ecology; bacterial biofilm biology and ecology; biofouling and antifouling, and; environmental biotechnology.

Urban Coastal Waterways: Can Blue be Green?


On our increasingly urban planet most people encounter the marine environment in their backyard – in cities. How then, can we manage urban marine systems—coasts, estuaries and harbours—for the benefit of city dwellers, the “blue” economy and the environment? This issue parallels similar ideas for the terrestrial component of cities, where ideas of ‘green’ and ‘eco’ cities are very much at the forefront of urban planning. It also brings into sharp focus many of the central issues in marine environmental science, including threats to that environment. Good news stories are emerging. For example, there is an increasing focus on understanding and minimising input of contaminants, and eco-engineering and restoration projects, in which scientists, engineers and managers collaborate to build a more resilient marine environment, are on the rise. The Sydney Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) has developed several programs in this area, focusing both locally on Sydney Harbour and globally through the World Harbour Project.

Emergin infectious diseases with Associate Professor Gavin Smith

Watch Professor Peter Steinberg’s Sci21 webcast, Urban Coastal Waterways: Can Blue be Green?