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CATALYST Program

Innovative technologies and inspired collaborations…

Established in 2006 by the Waitt Institute and its founder and president, Ted Waitt, the CATALYST Program is designed to accelerate deep‐sea exploration, cutting‐edge scientific research and sustainable ocean policy through innovative technologies and inspired collaborations.

The Waitt Institute manages all aspects of the CATALYST Program, including establishing partnerships, prioritizing future projects, directing expedition implementation and serving as expedition leader.

About CATALYST 2


Ted Waitt discusses our approach…

CATALYST Partners/Research Vessel
Representing a major milestone in marshaling public and private forces to explore and understand our oceans, the CATALYST Program brings together world-renown scientific organizations for maximum collaboration.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI): Scientific and technical expertise. The Mission was conducted aboard HBOI’s Research Vessel Seward Johnson.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI): Design, engineering and operation of two 6000-meter REMUS Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).


Photograph by Ian Kellett

One of the Waitt Institute's Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)...

Photograph by Ian Kellett

The Waitt Institute Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) maneuvers easily in the waves.

The R/V Seward Johnson underway / © Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

The R/V Seward Johnson underway / © Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

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