SCOR 2020 Proceedings are now online


The 2020 SCOR proceedings is now available. The proceedings summarizes the discussions during the 2020 SCOR Annual Meeting held virtually between the 20-22 of October of 2020 and compiles all the background information for the meeting, including the proposals for new working groups, the reports from current SCOR working groups, projects, capacity development activities, and the reports of affiliated and partner organizations.  All of these can also be accessed online through the SCOR website at:

The SCOR 2020 Annual Meeting was attended by 121 participants from 34 countries representing all continents. All SCOR Working Groups, research, infrastructural, and affiliated projects, along with the affiliated and partner organizations reported on their activities. Some of the main highlights of the SCOR 2020 Annual Meeting include: (1) the approval of a SCOR revised Constitution, (2) the renovation of the SCOR Executive Committee, (3) the incorporation of a new member to SCOR, and (4) the approval of three new Working Groups.

The proceedings can also be found at the AquaDocs repository:

Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021

The Southern Ocean Task Force and the Organizing Committee of Polar Data Forum IV are pleased to announce that the Southern Ocean Decade & Polar Data Forum Week 2021 will be convened on 20-24 September 2021. This event will be dedicated to the 2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop for the UN Ocean Decade and the 4th edition of the Polar Data Forum.

2nd Southern Ocean Regional Workshop – 20-22 September
In the framework of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the Southern Ocean Community engaged in a stakeholder-oriented process to develop the Southern Ocean Action Plan to provide a framework for Southern Ocean stakeholders to formulate and develop concrete activities that support the Decade vision.
Based on the First Southern Ocean Regional Workshop, this 2nd volume of the Southern Ocean contribution to the UN Ocean Decade will provide a space to gather ocean key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the Southern Ocean challenges, and identify tangible actions and deliverables to overcome these as a community.
The Workshop will combine a conference style meeting in support of knowledge exchange, with a public consultation approach that will build up to the development of the Final Southern Ocean Action Plan for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

Polar Data Forum IV – 20-24 September
Polar Data Forum (PDF) is a place where polar data holders get together and make more use of data. The Forum has two main components: the Conference, where the border between funding, policy and data is explored through presentations and posters (23-24 September); and Workshop Sessions & Hackathons, where the Polar Data Community opens the dialogue to make progress on their shared objectives (20-22 September).
Based on the activities and discussions from PDF III, and particularly, on a workshop focused on marine data, this edition of the Polar Data Forum will put the focus on polar oceans. This also enables the Forum to be aligned with the launch of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.


Women Leadership Programme focusing on students and career opportunities in the marine sector

Organizer: Marine Technology Society (MTS) India Section, endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

OCEANS is a bi-annual event for global marine researchers, technologists, engineers, students, and policymakers. The researchers and industrial leaders gather for four days to highlight, discuss and exchange relevant topics and current trends in marine technologies. This will help in creating awareness on advanced research areas, practices, and policies for the marine field.

Objectives: As a prelude to OCEANS 2022, the MTS is organizing the Women Leadership Programme to involve women engineers, technologists and scientists focusing on students for career opportunities in the marine sector.

Three world renowned experts will be sharing their experience with students:

  • Ms Zdenka Willis, President Marine Technology Society (MTS)
  • Ms Susan Kathy Land, President Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Dr Cleopatra Doumbia Henry, President, World Maritime University Sweden

Date: 14 September 2021 (online)

For more information, see the event flyer

Registration here




Dr. Satya Prakash (22 September 1979 – 22 July 2021)

With great sadness we convey the passing of our colleague Dr. Satya Prakash, coordinator of the Joint Project Office (JPO) – India of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2), based at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa, India. Satya completed his master studies in applied geology at the Indian Institute of Technology (Rorkee) and earned a PhD at the Physical Research Laboratory, Department of Space, Ahmedabad. His area of research was on biogeochemistry of the Arabian Sea and Southern Ocean utilizing isotopes. He was one of the pioneers in the deployment and validation of new-generation Argo-floats with biogeochemical sensors in the Indian Ocean.

As expressed in his obituary in the IIOE-2 latest Newsletter, Satya played a key role in planning various activities leading to the formal launching of the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) from Goa. He also participated in the first research cruise under IIOE-2 (Goa-Mauritius). Since then, he had served as the JPO coordinator for the India node of IIOE-2 and had been actively involved in numerous activities related to the IIOE-2 including being a part of the Editorial Team of the IIOE-2 newsletter and the Indian Ocean Bubble, as well as facilitating the hosting of the fourth meeting of the Steering Committee of the IIOE-2 in virtual space in April, 2021.

Our deepest condolences to his wife, daughter, family, friends and colleagues.


Dr. Chibo Chikwililwa

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Chibo Chikwililwa, researcher at the University of Namibia, passed away on the 23 June 2021 due to complications of COVID-19. Chibo was the  co-director and member of the SCOR’s Regional Graduate Networks of Oceanography (RGNO) committee since 2016, organizing the annual RGNO Ocean discovery camps. Since 2019, she was the GEOTRACES national representative for Namibia. Chibo completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town and earned her PhD in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography from the University of Rostock in 2014 working with marine phycotoxins in the northern Benguela region related to harmful algal blooms.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.

A heartfelt tribute by his friend and colleague Kurt Hanselmann can be read at:

A web page by the RGNO in memory of Chibo is available here (please use guest user).

International Workshop on Application of ocean science and technology for the practice of sustainable “Blue Economy” in developing countries

The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned & Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) and the Committee on Capacity Development of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) are jointly organizing an International Workshop on Application of ocean science and technology for the practice of sustainable “Blue Economy” in developing countries.

The overarching objective of the Workshop is to highlight the role of ocean science and technology in blue economic development. The Workshop will introduce current concepts in blue economy, followed by discussion of specific topics that include coastal marine resources of economic relevance, environmental threats that endanger blue economic goals, the importance of ocean observing systems and the need for capacity development. By illuminating the use and misuse of Science and Technology in blue economies, the Workshop aims to help establish the foundation of scientific knowledge and ocean observations to support sustainable ocean development.

Workshop dates: 8-9 November 2021 (virtual mode)

Registration deadline: 25 October 2021

More information about the topics of the workshop and how to register can be found here

Testing Bergmann’s rule in marine copepods

A contribution from the Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorders (GACS) project, this paper by Max Campbell et al. in Ecography, tests whether food is a more important driver
of body size than temperature in marine copepods, whilst considering other drivers of the potential relationships with body size, such as oxygen levels, which have not been investigated previously for copepods. Results indicate that as the world warms, smaller copepod species are likely to emerge as ‘winners’, potentially reducing rates of fisheries production and carbon sequestration.

The  Global Alliance of Continuous Plankton Recorder Surveys (GACS) sampling effort since September 1997. Different coloured lines represent sampling transects of individual surveys: the North Atlantic CPR Survey (n = 54 176), the SCAR Southern Ocean CPR Survey (n = 34 005), the North Pacific CPR Survey (n = 4674) and the Australian CPR Survey (n = 4975).

Campbell, M. D., Schoeman, D. S., Venables, W., Abu‐Alhaija, R., Batten, S. D., Chiba, S., et al. (2021). Testing Bergmann’s rule in marine copepods. Ecography, ecog.05545. doi:10.1111/ecog.05545.

Alyce Hancock as the new Executive Officer of SOOS

Starting on the 19th of August, Alyce Hancock will replace Louise Newman as the Executive Officer of the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) program. Alyce has been the Science and Communications Officer for the Southern Ocean Observing System (SOOS) for the last two years. She completed a PhD with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, focusing on the effect of ocean acidification on nearshore Antarctic marine microbial communities. Prior to her PhD, Alyce worked as a research assistant for the University of New South Wales collecting lake microbial samples over an 18-month period in the Vestfold Hills and Rauer Islands, East Antarctic, as well as various researcher roles at the Australian Antarctic Division and University of Tasmania. She is also currently the president of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Oceania national committee for Australia and New Zealand.

SCOR welcomes Alyce and greatly acknowledges the 10 years of dedicated service of Louise Newman to SOOS and to the Antarctic oceanographic research community.


Blowing South: Southern Hemisphere Dust Symposium (online)

This symposium will focus on bringing together international scientists working on observation and modeling of the present-day and paleo dust cycle in the Southern Hemisphere, across temporal and spatial scales, including both feedback with climate and impact on society.

Participants will discuss the latest advances in their work and share their major scientific questions. This will provide an opportunity to discuss recent and on-going work on these critical issues, and to expand on pre-existing collaborations that in certain areas of research and in certain regions are still quite limited.

Date: November 9-10, 2021
Abstract submission deadline: 7 September 2021.

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Marie Alexandrine Sicre elected Vice-Chairperson of the IOC Executive Council


Marie Alexandrine Sicre (France), SCOR President between 2016-2020 and currently SCOR Past-President and member of the SCOR Executive Committee, has been elected Vice-Chairperson of the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

The elections for Chairperson and five Vice-chairpersons (Officers) of IOC as well as for members of the IOC Executive Council are held every two years during the IOC Assembly.

The list of current States members of the IOC Executive Council (40) elected at the 31st Session of the IOC Assembly (Paris, 14-25 June 2021) can be found here.