High-Level Launch of the Ocean Decade – First International Ocean Decade Conference

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in partnership with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO are inviting to the virtual High-Level Launch of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in Berlin.

Date: 1 June 2021 from 11 am to 3 pm (CEST) (online)

The High-Level Launch will also provide an introduction to the seven virtual Ocean Decade Laboratories, that will take place from July 2021 to May 2022 and that aim to catalyze partnerships and evoke discussions and dialogues on key themes of the Ocean Decade.

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Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) – Steering Committee Meeting No 4

Snapshot of some of the active cameras during the IIOE-2 SC4 meeting

The Steering Committee of the IIOE-2 met virtually from the 12-15 of April 2021 organized by the IIOE-2 Joint Project Office (JPO) through hits respective nodes at the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and UNESCO IOC Perth Programme Office. The meeting was chaired by Marie-Alexandrine Sicre (SCOR) and by Satheesh Shenoi (INCOIS), co-chairs of the Steering Committee of the IIOE-2 with Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC). Marie-Alexandrine (France) succeeded former co-chair Peter Burkill (UK) who stepped down in October 2020. The meeting was attended by more than 70participants representing more than 45 organisations from 14 countries.

A full agenda and links to background documents including the presentations can be found at:

Reports on national activities were delivered by chairs or representatives of IIOE-2 National Committees. Subsequent progress reports of WG 1 (Science and Research), WG2 (Data and Information Management) and WG3 (Operational Coordination) highlighted important achievements made on publications, data and information management as well as communication.

Vladimir Ryabinin then provided an update on the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable development and feedbacks on IIOE-2 endorsement request.

During Day 2 and 3 of the meeting, progress reports of the science themes were delivered by the chairs. This was followed by presentations from invited projects, the Early Career Scientists Network, and results of GEOTRACES in the Indian Ocean.

An open Science Symposium was held on Day 4, with six long (15 minute) talks and seven flash (5 minute) talks on a diversity of topics including features of the Southern Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean fisheries and variability, biological oceanography in upwelling regions, ocean circulation, climate change and extreme events in the Indian Ocean, among others.

IIOE-2 co-chairs Marie Alexandrine Sicre (SCOR), Satheesh Shenoi (INCOIS), Vladimir Ryabinin (SCOR) with members of the IIOE-2 Secretariat, Nick D’Adamo (UNESCO IOC Perth Programme Office) and Satya Prakash (INCOS), and Korean representative Dong-Jin Kang (KIOST).


Launch of the Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II)

The Second World Ocean Assessment (WOA II), the major output of the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the States of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, will be launched on 21 April 2021, in connection with Earth Day 2021 which will be observed on 22 April. It is the newest outcome of the only integrated assessment of the world’s ocean at the global level covering all three pillars of sustainable development. 

The first World Ocean Assessment (WOA I), which was released at the end of 2015, established a baseline for measuring the state of marine environment, including socioeconomic aspects. WOA II focuses on trends observed since the publication of WOA I and current gaps in knowledge and capacity.  

The launch event will be streaming on 21 April 2021 at 10 a.m., EDT at the following webpage:

Speakers are:

  • António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
  • Sylvia Earle, President & Chair, Mission Blue
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Juliette Babb-Riley, Deputy Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the second cycle of the Regular Process 
  • Sanae Chiba, Member of the Group of Experts for the second cycle of the Regular Process, Biological oceanographer of the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology 
  • Shafira Charlette, youth representative, Seychelles

Open call for applications to the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee

Deadline for applications: 15th April 2021

SOLAS welcomes nominations to its international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for a term beginning on 1st January 2022. SOLAS is looking for scientific excellence, high level of commitment to SOLAS goals but also seeks to achieve a balance of expertise, nationality, gender, and career stage across its SSC.

SOLAS is planning to appoint two new members this year. They are particularly seeking people with expertise in i) air-sea physical interaction, ii) numerical modeling, and iii) biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur. The scientific expertises should fit the SOLAS Core Themes 1 and 2, but they also welcome nominations in any SOLAS-relevant disciplines.

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Dr. José (Pepe) Stuardo

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. José Stuardo, Emeritus Professor at the University of Concepcion, Chile, passed away on the 30 March 2021. José was instrumental in establishing what are SCOR’s Graduate Networks in Oceanography today and was involved for almost two decades in the Ecology and Diversity of marine Microorganism (ECODIM) courses. He was a SCOR nominated member for Chile for many years. José made significant contributions to marine science and to Malacology both in Chile and internationally and established the basis for the development of oceanography in Chile and in Latin America through the development of regional capacity programs and of the PhD program in Oceanography at the University of Concepción. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.  His obituary can be found at:

A heartfelt tribute by his friend and colleague Kurt Hanselmann can be read at:éStuardo_1929-2020_in_Memoriam.pdf


SOOS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Monthly Discussions 2021

Sarah Fawcett and Steve Diggs, the co-chairs of SOOS’ EDI group, would like to invite to a set of monthly workshops related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion discussions from 2020. These upcoming workshops will have limited foci with an emphasis on impactful outcomes. Activities will include but are not limited to position papers in journals with wide distribution, as well as internal recommendations on best practices specific to SOOS.

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