Call for applicants: 2019 POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellows

The Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) are pleased to announce that the POGO-SCOR Visiting Fellowship programme for 2019 is now open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 30 April 2019.

The scheme is designed to promote training and capacity development, leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans, and is aimed at scientists, technicians, graduate students (preferably PhD) and post-doctoral fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Priority is given to applicants in the early stages of their career development. The fellowship offers the opportunity to visit other oceanographic centres for a short period (1 to 3 months) for training on aspects of oceanographic observations, analyses, and interpretation. It provides financial support to cover the return airfare from the fellow's home country to the host institution, and a contribution towards accommodation and subsistence for the period of the visit.

For more information and details on how to apply please see:

All applications should be made via the website, at

Please e-mail should you have any queries and feel free to circulate this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.

Lecturer in Ocean Science, University of Liverpool, UK

The University of Liverpool is seeking a Lecturer whose research and teaching interests in Ocean Science will build on and extend our international reputation, as well as complementing wider research across the School of Environmental Sciences and the University more broadly. Applicants should demonstrate an ability to conduct relevant and internationally leading, collaborative research. You should have an ambition to develop teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including field-based teaching and taking your research into the classroom to foster an inquiry-based approach to learning.

For further information:

Closing date: 20 April 2019.


In an effort to explore and develop international community interest for a potential future “Biogeotraces-like” program to study the microbial biological and chemical oceanography of the oceans, a working group of 28 scientists from 9 nations met in Woods Hole in November 2018. There was strong interest in continuing this effort among the international participants, who agreed to act as ambassadors to communicate these discussions to their respective national communities. Please join us in building community support for this effort. The workshop report is here.

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2019 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals

The Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research (SCOR) is now accepting proposals for new SCOR working groups.  

The number of proposals funded for start in 2020 will depend on recommendations of the SCOR Finance Committee; two new working groups are usually funded each year.

Deadline for proposals is 15 April 2019.

Download the call for proposals here

The guidelines, a template, and word limits are available at, including a PowerPoint presentation explaining the proposal process.

Please contact Ed Urban ( if you have any questions about the process for working group proposals.

BioGEOTRACES-Japan begins

A workshop, entitled ”BioGEOTRACES-Japan begins” was held on 19-21 September 2018 in Nagasaki, Japan to evaluate the potentials of biological studies related to trace elements and their isotopes (TEI) in the ocean, and to find the future directions of these studies in Japan. For three days, 15 registered Japanese scientists took part in the workshop. Drs. Maria Maldonado (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) and Tung-Yuan Ho (Academia Sinica, Taipei) were invited as guest speakers. The workshop consisted of 3 invited talks, 3 keynote talks and 11 research topics related to GEOTRACES & BioGEOTRACES (see the programme here). During the workshop, recent scientific findings, and possible future collaborations among TEI chemists, biologists and modelers were discussed. It was decided to organise the BioGEOTRACES-Japan in order to promote these comprehensive studies and cooperate with the international community

 2018 BioGEOTRACES Japan

Picture: Participants of the BioGEOTRACES-Japan Begin Workshop.
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Search for a New Executive Director for the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR)

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next full‐time Executive Director to carry on from the current Executive Director, Dr. Ed Urban, who will retire this fall. SCOR is an interdisciplinary committee of the International Science Council and is the leading non‐governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international ocean science activities (see‐ Thirty nations currently have national SCOR committees and form SCOR’s foundation. SCOR activities include (1) working groups that address focused ocean science topics, (2) large‐scale ocean research projects, (3) a variety of infrastructural activities for ocean science, and (4) ocean science capacity building.

The duties of the SCOR Executive Director include the following:

  • Serve as the staff for the SCOR Executive Committee, SCOR Finance Committee, and SCOR Committee on Capacity Building;
  • Manage the SCOR Secretariat, raising funds from national SCOR committees, and national and international funding agencies;
  • Manage spending for SCOR activities according to the annual SCOR budget and regulations of financial sponsors;
  • Organize SCOR Annual Meetings;
  • Coordinate with national SCOR committees and partner organizations;
  • Prepare written reports for SCOR Annual Meetings and documents to publicize SCOR activities; and
  • Lead outreach activities for SCOR, including preparation of tri‐annual SCOR Newsletters, Tweets, and Facebook posts, and maintenance of the SCOR Website.

Applicants should preferably have (1) a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field of marine, Earth, or environmental sciences; (2) significant management experience in such a field; (3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English; (4) a record of successful grants; and (5) basic knowledge of accounting and financial management practices.

The new SCOR Executive Director will be based in United States; the SCOR Secretariat is currently located at the University of Delaware. The candidate should to be either a U.S. citizen or have permission to work in the United States, having a “green card” or H1B Visa. The position requires international travel.

The starting annual salary will be competitive and will depend on qualifications, salary history, and experience of the successful applicant. Interviews will take place at the University of Delaware during the week of 10‐14 June 2019.

A letter of application with a curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be e‐ mailed no later than 1 April 2019 to the SCOR Secretary, Prof. Paul G. Myers at pmyers<at>  Any informal queries about this post may be addressed to the SCOR President (Dr. Marie‐Alexandrine Sicre, Marie‐Alexandrine.Sicre<at>locean‐ or SCOR Executive Director (Dr. Ed Urban, ed.urban<at>scor‐

The original announcement is availabe to download as pdf file here.

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