Call for review of new SCOR Working Group proposals

Seven working group proposals were submitted to the SCOR Secretariat for consideration at the 2022 SCOR Annual Meeting and are available on the SCOR Web site at

The SCOR Executive Committee will be very grateful for comments from SCOR National Committees, individuals, and interested organizations to assist in the review of these proposals. This is, in fact, one of the most important ways in which SCOR’s National Committees and cooperating organizations can provide input to SCOR on scientific priorities for ocean science.

Instructions and a template for the review can be found here.

Please send your comments on these proposals to the SCOR Secretariat ( before 31 August 2022.

Nurturing resilient marine ecosystems – special issue published

Royal Society Publishing has recently published a special issue of Philosophical Transactions B: Nurturing resilient marine ecosystems compiled and edited by Daniela N Schmidt and Tayanah O’Donnelln and the articles can be accessed directly at
The issue is published as a result of the third Commonwealth Science Conference, in February 2021, co-organised by the Royal Society and the African Academy of Sciences. An associated theme issue on ‘Developing resilient energy systems‘ was published in Philosophical Transactions A. and there is also a blog post at

Registrations are open for the SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022

The registrations and abstract submission for the 8th SOLAS Open Science Conference are now open.

Venue: University of Cape Town, South Africa

Date of conference: 25 – 29 September 2022

For more details about the conference and information about registration, please visit the conference website

Register for the early rate, submit your abstract or discussion session proposal, or send an application for travel support by 10 June 2022!

Open Call for Applications to the SOLAS SSC

SOLAS welcomes nominations to its international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for a term starting on 1st January 2023.

The SSC functions as the central decision-making body for SOLAS and sets the scientific direction and priorities with support from the SOLAS International Project Office (IPO). It reflects the broad diversity of the SOLAS community in terms of scientific expertise, geography, career stage, and gender.

SOLAS is planning to appoint four new members this year, and applications from Early Career Researchers (highest degree received within the past 10 years) are highly encouraged.

Qualifications required and instructions on how to apply or to nominate can be found here.

Deadline for nominations is 20 May 2022

“Exceptional” Call for SCOR Project and Working Groups Scholars

The SCOR Committee on Capacity Development has approved an exceptional call offering five scholarships of up to $2,500 each to scientists associated with current SCOR projects or working groups (WGs). The scholarship is for scientists to support travel to conduct a collaborative scientific activity (such as instrument training, collaborative sample or data collection and/or analysis, etc.) at a host institution that will result in a specific product (such as a presentation, proposal, or peer reviewed article, etc.) within their WG or project’s goals. The duration of the activity is envisioned to occur over a 1–2-week period and needs to be aligned with the Terms of Reference of the specific WG, or science plan of a project.
The application criteria, the selection criteria and the application form can be found here.
The deadline for applications is the 15 of July 2022.


Call for Early Careers to assist with the next Ocean Best Practices Workshop

The Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS) is currently looking for dedicated and interested Early-Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) to assist with the upcoming OBPS workshop.

OBPS Virtual Workshop VI – Evolving and Sustaining Ocean Best Practices

Dates: 5, 6 and 19 October 2022

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2022

More information on how to apply here

Registration for 3rd African Bioacoustics Community Conference is open

Registration and abstract submission for the 3rd African Bioacoustics Community Conference are now open. The African Bioacoustics Community was initiated in March 2018. It aims to provide a networking forum for people working on all aspects of bio-acoustic research in Africa.
Dates: 2-7 October 2022
Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Registrations open for the “Small Pelagic Fish: New Frontiers in Science for Sustainable Management” Symposium

Date: 7-11 November, 2022

Registration and abstract submission: 22 May 2022

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

More information at:


The Symposium Scientific Program includes:

– six concurrent workshops on Day 1

– morning plenary sessions on Days 2-4 to provide overarching keynote presentations and to introduce topics of the sessions to be convened on the same day

– seven concurrent topic sessions on Days 2-5 (three sessions daily)

– evening poster sessions on Day 3

– afternoon plenary summing-up session on Day 5


Topic Sessions

S1:  Trophodynamic Processes

S2:  Life Cycle Closure: Advances in Process Understanding

S3:  Drivers and Consequences of Phenological Shifts

S4:  Responses to Climate Variability and Change at Decadal to Centennial Time Scales

S5:  Progress in Pelagic Surveys – from Biomass Estimates of Small Pelagic Fish to Monitoring Ecosystems

S6:  Reconciling Ecological Roles and Harvest Goals: Development and Testing Management Strategies to Safeguard Marine Ecosystem Services

S7:  Advancing Social-ecological Analyses and Sustainable Policies for Dependent Human Communities



W1: Application of Genetics to Small Pelagic Fish

W2: The Devil’s in the Details of Using Species Distribution Models to Inform Multispecies and Ecosystem Models

W3: Small Pelagics for Whom? Challenges and Opportunities for the Equitable Distribution of Nutritional Benefits

W4: Evaluating Inter-Sectoral Tradeoffs and Community-Level Response to Spatio-Temporal Changes in Forage Distribution and Abundance

W5: Recent Advances in the Daily Egg Production Method (DEPM): Challenges and Opportunities

W6: Small Pelagic Fish Reproductive Resilience