Future Earth will offer a series of grants to early career professionals to support their travel to sustainability events around the world. The grants are open to early career researchers working in fields relevant to sustainability and to practitioners in policy, business, civil society and more. Interested professionals can apply on a rolling basis throughout the year.
This is a transnational call for collaborative projects. The call is open to ERA-PLANET beneficiaries. It will use a two-step selection process to choose the most innovative and competitive proposals related to four specific themes:
- Smart cities and resilient societies
- Resource efficiency and Environmental management
- Global changes and Environmental treaties
- Polar areas and Natural resources
The call is now entering its second stage, with the first stage having concluded.
Internationally, sustained ocean observation is coordinated through the UNESCO-IOC Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), which is also a contribution to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet initiative. But also a number of related programs and projects working to develop and implement effective ocean observing capacities, improving their efficiency and their timely and high quality information delivery. Despite that the current ocean observing system remains fragmented especially for in situ observations.
The XPRIZE Ocean Initiative is dedicated to ensuring our ocean is healthy, valued and understood. The Big Ocean Button Challenge is a $100,000 app development competition to turn ocean data, into the products and services we need.
This challenge is important because there is a wealth of ocean data being collected, but so little of it being used. As long as ocean data remains disconnected, we are unable to address the critical challenges our ocean faces.
IMBER (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research) is planning to hold its second Open Science Conference (OSC) in 2019. The five-day OSC will provide a focus for the integration and synthesis of IMBER research activities with the goal of providing new understanding and quantification of the past, present and future structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems in order to develop options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.
IMBER is requesting proposals to host the OSC. Expected participation is between 250 and 500 people.
IMBER´s regional programme CLIOTOP (Climate Impacts on Top Oceanic Predators) seeks suggestions for new task teams to start in 2017. There is a small amount of seed funding available that can be used for team members to meet, to hold a workshop or to cover publication costs.
CLIOTOP was established in 2005 and is now in its third phase (2016-2020). CLIOTOP is an international research network open to researchers, managers, and policy makers involved in marine research related to large marine species.
The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) has issued a call for applications for the 2017 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program. The announcement can be found at http://www.scor-int.org/SCOR_CB/Call_for_2017_SCOR_Visiting_Scholars.pdf.
The draft 2016 GCOS Implementation Plan will be open for public review from 25th July to 5th Septemeber 2016.
Comments should be submitted by email to the secretatiat GCOSReviewwmo [dot] int before 5th September using the spreadsheet.
The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research project is inviting nominations for three new members for its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The SSC is responsible for the development, planning and implementation of science with a goal to "Understand, quantify and compare historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems, to predict options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability".
11 working group proposals have been submitted to the SCOR Secretariat for consideration at the 2016 SCOR General Meeting. These are available online.
The SCOR Executive Committee asks for comments from SCOR National Committees, individuals and interested organisations to assist in the review of the proposals.