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Application for SOLAS Summer School 2023 is Open!

The SOLAS Summer School is a regular, international event with the goal to provide the multidisciplinary air-sea interaction background to the next generation of Earth System scientists. The next in-person School will take place in June 2023 at the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo on Cape Verde.
To apply for the in-person Summer School 2023, please use the provided form here. The application form should be returned as PDF to solas-school@geomar.de by 25 November 2022, and successful candidates will be contacted by the end of January 2023.

Please send an email to solas-school@geomar.de, if you have any questions or need further assistance regarding the Summer School.

Open Call for SCOR WG 161 ReMO Mentoring Program

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) working group 161 (Respiration in the Mesopelagic or ReMO) announces a capacity-development program to foster exchange of expertise and to establish international collaborations in the area of respiration in the mesopelagic ocean for early-career scientists. The mentoring program aims to enable participants to develop an original research project linked to mesopelagic microbial respiration, using either observations, experimentation, or modeling approaches. The program will further facilitate participants to start up new collaborations and strengthen their network in the field of mesopelagic respiration globally. The duration of the mentoring program will be limited to a maximum of 2 years until the end of the WG.

For further information, please visit the website, social media (Twitter @ReMO_SCOR161) or contact by email (natalia.osma@imochile.cl).

All applications should be sent to natalia.osma@imo-chile.cl

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 16 of December 2022

New chair and members of the SCOR Capacity Development Committee

SCOR welcomes Dr. Moagabi Ragoasha (South Africa), Dr. Mauro Cirano (Brazil), and Viena Puigcorbé (Spain) as new members of the SCOR Capacity Development Committee as well as Dr. Rebecca Zitoun (Germany) as the Chair of the Capacity Development Committee.

Dr. Rebecca Zitoun is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Marine Mineral Resource Group at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research (GEOMAR). Her research interests are related to the biogeochemistry of trace metals, trace metal speciation, metal-binding ligands, shallow and deep sea hydrothermal vent chemistry, ecotoxicology, trace metal bioavailability, electrochemical methods, and voltammetry. She is also focused on capacity development in marine science, ocean literacy, and on bridging the science-policy interface.

Dr. Moagabo Ragoasha is a lecturer at the University of Cape Town and a research associate with the Nansen Tutu Center for Marine Environmental Research. She is also involved as a lecturer in the floating University SEAmester, which introduces marine science as an applied and cross-disciplinary field to students from around Southern Africa. Her research interests include ocean and atmospheric modelling of the South African EEZ, the physical connectivity between Agulhas and the Benguela system, and the anthropogenic influences on the coastal environment. Particularly the eco-systemic responses to the intensification, changes, and instabilities of ocean currents (Agulhas and Benguela Currents) surrounding South Africa.

Dr. Mauro Cirano is an Associate Professor working at the Department of Meteorology of the the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). His areas of research include the study of circulation processes in coastal and oceanic regions, both based on the analysis of oceanographic data and through numerical modeling of circulation. He coordinates the longest sustained monitoring program of the Brazil Current as well as the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development Advisory Committee for Oceanography (CNPq CA-OC).

Dr. Viena Puigcorbé is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut de Ciències del Mar – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICM-CSIC) in Spain. Her research is focused on the use of naturally occurring radionuclides as tracers of particle export in the open ocean. She is also working on microbial ecology, combining radiotracers with molecular biology to better understand the fate of marine organic particles. Viena has participated in several SCOR related activities including the intercomparison program for 234Th and 210Po-210Pb, and five GEOTRACES cruises.

SCOR wishes them a successful engagement, and acknowledges the valuable contributions and dedication of former Chair Claudia Benítez-Nelson (USA) and committee member Vanessa (Brazil) for their outstanding services to the SCOR community for the last years.

More information about SCOR Capacity Development activities here.

Applications for 2023 SCOR Visiting Scholars open!

We are receiving applications for the SCOR 2023 Visiting Scholar program.
The SCOR Visiting Scholar program enlists the services of ocean scientists, from both developed countries and developing countries, to teach short courses and to provide more extended on-site education and mentorship at developing country institutions.
This program is open to any scientists who have time available to spend teaching and mentoring in a developing country for ideally two weeks or more. The scholarships are not intended to conduct joint research, although collaborative research may develop as an outcome of a visit.
Applications will be reviewed by the SCOR Committee on Capacity Building based on the following criteria:
  • Quality and relevance of the proposal focusing on knowledge exchange and mentoring
  • A detailed working plan for the visit which should be co-developed with the host institution
  • Experience of the candidate and fit with the program (language skills, teaching/mentoring experience, subject areas requested by the institution)
  • Needs of the host institution and an estimate of how many students and/or early career scientists will benefit from the training
  • Plans by the host institution to build upon the training/mentoring received
More information about the call and the application form can be found here.
Deadline for applications: 23 December 2022
Applications should be sent to Patricia Miloslavich to: secretariat@scor-int.org

Applications for IOCCG Trevor Platt Memorial Scholarship open!

The Trevor Platt Memorial Scholarship was established by the International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) to honour the memory of Professor Trevor Platt (1942-2020), who was a brilliant scientist and a leader in interdisciplinary oceanographic research, with outstanding contributions in the fields of biological oceanography, theoretical ecology and the use of satellite ocean colour data for measuring ocean processes. He played an especially important role in the establishment of the IOCCG, being one of the founding members of the group, and serving as the first Chairman for a period of 10 years (from 1996-2006).

The prestigious IOCCG Trevor Platt Memorial Scholarship is aimed at providing students and early career scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition with the opportunity for gaining valuable training experience in the field of ocean and in-land water remote sensing and applications. The applicant must be a citizen of one of the listed eligible countries (according to SCOR), and must be residing in that country at the time of application.

Two scholarships will be awarded for the inaugural year, in 2023, at US$ 5,000 each.

Applications close on the 11 of November 2022.

More information about requirements and how to apply here.

SCOR and ICES sign collaboration agreement

 

SCOR and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at furthering synergies between SCOR and ICES based on their mutual interest in:
• Enhancing the working collaboration between SCOR and ICES and establishing and maintaining collaborations with other international organisations with related goals,
• Supporting international cooperation of marine scientists through working groups, workshops, symposia, and infrastructural and research projects,
• Facilitating capacity development, including the professional development of early career scientists through scientific collaboration, training opportunities, and travel grants, and
• Furthering synergistic opportunities through the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development activities, and especially together with the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) through the joint ICES/PICES Ocean Decade programme SMARTNET.

The agreement was signed by Patricia Miloslavich, Executive Director of SCOR, and William Karp, President of ICES during the UN Ocean Conference held in Lisbon in June 2022.

New members of the SCOR Executive Committee

The SCOR Executive Committee has been renovated with the approval of SCOR nominated members at the 2022 SCOR Annual Meeting held in hybrid mode from Busan, Korea.
Peter Croot (UK/Ireland) was elected Secretary of SCOR (2022-2026) to replace Paul Myers (Canada), Ilka Peeken (Germany) was elected Vice-President (2022-2024) to replace Jing Zhang (Japan), and Wee Cheah (Malaysia) was appointed as the early career co-opted member (2022-2024) to replace Charlotte Laufkoetter (Switzerland).

SCOR welcomes Peter, Ilka and Wee wishing them a successful engagement with SCOR and acknowledges the valuable contributions and dedication of Paul, Jing and Charlotte!

More information about the new members here.

Open Access ‘Exploring Animal Behavior through Sound’ book available

The book Exploring Animal Behavior Through Sound: Volume 1 edited by Christine Erbe and Jeanette A. Thomas, and published by Springer is available online with free and unlimited access.

The book introduces standard terminology, procedures, equipment, and analysis tools for animal bioacoustic studies; unravels complex concepts, such as sound propagation and discusses common pit-falls; and points to printed and online resources for further in-depth reading.

Several members of the International Quiet Ocean Experiment (IQOE) project contributed to the book.

To access the book, go to this link.

 

Two new SCOR Working Groups approved to start in 2023

At the recent SCOR 2022 Annual Meeting, the SCOR nominated members approved two new working groups to start their activities in January 2023.

SCOR WG 166, “DMS-PRO”, will develop resources for the study of Methylated Sulfur compound cycling processes in the ocean. WG 166 will be co-chaired by Martí Galí (Spain) and Daniela del Valle (Argentina). Read more here.

SCOR WG 167, “RUSTED”,  will work in reducing uncertainty in soluble aerosol trace element deposition. WG 167 will be co-chaired by Rachel Shelley (UK), Douglas Hamilton (USA), and Morgane Perron (France). Read more here.

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” (http://www.thebay101.com/category/photo/marinehole/), Busan, Korea

For those connecting remotely:

Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81773517561?pwd=bnBKck5mYTFFVFUzdDBoRzZNS0JUQT09

ID: 817 7351 7561

PW: 1003

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