Ocean Hackathon 2023

Ocean Hackathon® 2023: sign up in one of the 15 organising cities and take up the challenge! Take part at Ocean Hackathon® and enjoy a stimulating experience as you work as a team to develop solutions that meet the challenges of today and tomorrow!

Read more and sign up here.

For the 8th edition of Ocean Hackathon®, over 90 challenges have been selected by the organisers of the 15 local events, which will all take place over the same weekend, from 17 to 19 November 2023. The winning team from each city will take part in the international grand final in Brest (France) on 19 December.


Ocean Hackathon® 2023 is an Ocean Decade activity and a community partner of the Ocean Knowledge Action Network.


Register Now! SOLAS Seminar VII on 26 October 2023, Online

The SOLAS seminar series is a quarterly event, which is structured around SOLAS relevant topics covered by the SOLAS 2015-2025 Science Plan and beyond, with the aims of fostering discussions on cutting edge scientific questions, providing researchers at all career stages with the opportunity to interact and building SOLAS community across the globe.

The 7th seminar of the series will focus on “Ice-nucleating particles linked to marine biogeochemistry“. Airborne ice-nucleating particles (INPs) facilitates the formation of ice in clouds, the amount of which can affect cloud lifetime, precipitation and radiative properties. Marine aerosol particles have been suggested to contribute more to ice nucleation at regions, where airborne dust is too sparse to freeze ice efficiently. Sea spray is one of the major global sources of atmospheric particles, although it is unclear to what extent these particles are capable of nucleating ice, particularly in terms of ice nucleation ability of more chemically complex ambient organic matter linked to marine biota. This SOLAS seminar will highlight recent topics on ice-nucleating activity of sea spray aerosols, marine microbial community with its possible link to INPs, and ambient INPS in the Arctic Ocean revealed by a variety of field studies. The seminar also discusses future directions for relevant research.

The seminar is hosted by the Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Japan and will be held online from 11:00-13:00 UTC on 26 October 2023.

Registration is open and free of charge. More information on SOLAS website here.

Oceanography Special Issue on Capacity Sharing


In December 2024, The Oceanography Society (TOS) plans to publish a special issue of the open access journal Oceanography on “A Vision for Capacity Sharing in the Ocean Sciences.” Details can be found at


This special issue of Oceanography focuses on “capacity building” and “capacity sharing” in the ocean sciences, engineering, and related applications in academic, private, civil society, and public sectors. More specifically, capacity building describes activities designed to strengthen the knowledge, abilities, relationships, and values that enable organizations, groups, and individuals to reach their goals for sustainable use of ocean and coastal resources. It includes strengthening the institutions, processes, systems, and rules that influence collective and individual behavior and performance in all related endeavors. Capacity building also enhances people’s ability to make informed choices and fosters their willingness to play new developmental roles and adapt to new challenges. Capacity is about more than potential; it harnesses potential through robust programs to make progress in addressing societal needs and is fundamental to fostering environmental stewardship, improving the management of ocean and coastal areas and resources, and reducing global inequalities.

We also use the term “capacity sharing” as in Miloslavich et al. (2022) to acknowledge that the act of building capacity “is a shared effort among the people who are bringing the expertise and equipment and the people who are being trained to become active partners in the global ocean sustainability effort. Capacity sharing also acknowledges that local knowledge and traditions can inform how the capacity-building team approaches their efforts toward sustainability goals.”

The special issue has several goals: (1) describe the benefits around the world of sustained capacity building and capacity sharing in ocean science, technology, and applications; (2) identify barriers and gaps; (3) share best practices on how to build and sustain efforts; (4) highlight the importance to jobs and the economy; and (5) identify synergies among existing and new capacity-building and capacity-sharing programs. We encourage manuscripts that contribute to the goals of UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) and efforts that look beyond 2030. Our aim is to provide readers with a resource that will inspire actions on many fronts to achieve these objectives.


As an open-access journal, all articles will be openly available to the public on the Oceanography website at the time of publication. The full issue will also be available to all as a flipbook on Oceanography‘s kiosk.


There will be no cost to authors for publishing articles in this special issue. Copy editing, design, and distribution is supported by grants from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), US Office of Naval Research (ONR), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).

Career opportunity: SOOS Data Officer position

SOOS is recruiting a new Data Officer – Apply now!

Are you an excellent communicator paired with effective leadership, networking, negotiation and advocacy skills and have a strong interest in Southern Ocean data?

The Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS, International Project Officer is inviting applications for the SOOS Data Officer position until 1 September.

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