SCOR Capacity Building

SCOR has been involved in building capacity for ocean science since the very beginning of the organization in 1957. The focus has primarily been on helping individual scientists from developing countries to be involved in SCOR activities and to network with scientists from developed countries. SCOR's definitions of developing countries are those that the World Bank includes as Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, and Upper-Middle-Income economies. The list of countries whose scientists are currently eligible for SCOR support can be found here.


SCOR Committee on Capacity Building

Chair: Claudia Benitez‐Nelson (USA)

Mary (Missy) Feeley (UK)
Vanessa Hatje (Brazil)
Venu Ittekkot (Germany)
Prasanna Kumar (India)
Margareth Kyewalyanga (Tanzania)
Sun Song (China-Beijing)
Jennifer Verduin (Australia)

Hal Batchelder (PICES)
Jim Costopulos (Global Oceans)
Julius Francis (WIOMSA)
Peter Pissierssens/Claudia Delgado (IODE/IOC)
Eric Raes (IIOE-2 Early Career Scientists Network)
Sophie Seeyave (POGO)

Terms of Reference:

  1. Provide direction for SCOR’s capacity-building activities: participation of scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition in SCOR activities (e.g., guidelines for WG proposals), the POGO-SCOR Fellowship Program, travel grants (e.g., guidelines for grants), and provision of reports to libraries in developing countries.
  2. Guide and assist SCOR Executive Director in development of new capacity-building activities, particularly the Regional Graduate Networks of Oceanography activity.
  3. Assist SCOR-sponsored projects and working groups in developing and implementing their capacity-building activities.
  4. Help SCOR arrange funding for existing and new capacity-building activities.
  5. Assist SCOR in interacting with regional and international groups related to capacity building in ocean sciences, such as the ICSU regional centers, START, IOC regional programs, etc.

Date Formed: June 2007



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