Developing better capacity for Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) – A joint symposium organized by SCOR, PICES and KIOST

Global warming and anthropogenic stressors are changing our oceans rapidly. To achieve sustainable ocean development, new actions and roles are required, calling for a new generation of ocean professionals.

Early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) require training in interdisciplinary approaches, inclusive engagement practices and science communication, including interactions with policy-makers, local communities and other key ocean stakeholders. However, the best training for ECOPs may differ among societies, which have their own capacity needs and challenges.

In this joint session, members of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) will present scientific highlights and discuss opportunities for ECOPs to be engaged within the UN Ocean Decade, SCOR and PICES. We will identify the major gaps in fulfilling ECOPs’ roles and brainstorm examples of capacity development internationally and within Korea.  

We invite early career scientists and established members of all three organizations to join us for an afternoon of ocean science highlights and international networking opportunities.

Date and Venue:

Monday, Oct 3, 2PM – 6PM (KST), UTC +9

“The Bay 101- marine hall” (, Busan, Korea

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Confirmed speakers: 

  • Sonia Batten – UN Ocean Decade and early career mentorship
  • Raphaël Roman – UN decade ECOP opportunities
  • Enrique Montes – Biodiversity changes & Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
  • Suyun Noh – Effects of mesoscale circulation on internal waves
  • Charlotte Laufkötter – Marine plastic pollution
  • Moo-Jin Kim – Vulnerability of Korean fish stocks
  • Jae-Hyoung Park – Korean ECOPs & ocean-tropical cyclone interactions
  • Vera Trainer – Harmful algal blooms
  • Alessandro Tagliabue – Trace elements in the ocean & GEOTRACES