SOLAS update

  • Network funding for the SOLAS Summer School 2018
    The next SOLAS Summer School will take place from July 23rd to August 4th 2018 at Cargèse, Corsica. Visit the school webpages here.
    Help SOLAS students learn about interdisciplinary science and develop a professional community that will support them towards glorious careers! Please go to the website and make your donations here.


  • SOLAS is welcoming Li Li, new project officer based in Xiamen University, Xiamen, China. Li Li will start in September. More details soon!

  • Mid August, Alina Correll, a school pupil will learn all about SOLAS and marine sciences by visiting the International Project Office (IPO) in Kiel, Germany, for a week. Her report on her experience will be available in the September e-news.

  • After 12 years of work for SOLAS in UK and Germany, Emilie Breviere, SOLAS Executive Director will leave SOLAS. She will start a new position in Sweden in October.

    Comment from the SOLAS community:
    It is always difficult to realise you will stop working with a colleague you appreciate so much. Emilie has been a brilliant asset to SOLAS as Executive Director since so many years from Norwich to Kiel. SOLAS has been successfull partly because she was so dedicated to SOLAS. We really enjoyed working with her. On behalf of the SOLAS community and the SSC, I want to say to Emilie a warm THANK YOU. We wish her all the best for her new job and exciting challenges ahead. We will all miss Emilie.
    On behalf of the whole SOLAS community, Véronique Garçon (SOLAS SSC Chair)

  • On 14-15 June 2017, six participants of the SOLAS Science & Society workshop that was held in Brussels in October 2016 met again at the American University in Rome, Italy to discuss the feasibility of research on policy across the air-sea interface and a paper on stewardship of the open ocean. Both studies are worth pursuing. A paper dealing with policy across the air-sea interface is also currently drafted.

  • Hardcopies of the SOLAS 2015-2025 Science Plan and Organisation and the SOLAS flyers are available at the SOLAS IPO, if you wish to receive copies, please email us.

  • Following the international conference 'Shipping and the environment- From Regional to Global Perspectives', 24-25 October 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden, a one-day workshop is organised on 26 October, with the aim to develop plans for SOLAS research focusing on shipping, and to bring together groups of researchers keen to contribute to this research. Register your interest by sending this form filled up to David Turner by email.


Upcoming deadlines


  • 3rd Sino-European School on Atmospheric Chemistry (SESAC), Shanghai, China, 21 - 30 November 2017.
    Apply by 31 August (Applications must include your CV, research interest and description of your work- Max length 3 pages- and should be sent by email)

  • IOCCP half-day workshop on Marine Carbon and Biogeochemistry Data Management and Synthesis, 23 August 2017, as an official part of the 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference.
    For participation contact the IOCCP office via email by 16 August, 16:00 CET.

  • SOCAT is celebrating its 10th anniversary. If you like to participate in a 'SOCAT at 10' festive dinner on 23 August 2017 at 7 pm, contact the organiser Dorothee Bakker via email by 16 August, 16:00 CET.

  • 5th International Symposium on Arctic Research (ISAR-5), Tokyo, Japan, 15-18 January 2018.
    Submit an abstract by 31 August.


  • Sustainable Ocean Summit, Halifax, Canada, 29 November - 1 December 2017.
    Submit an abstract by 1 September.

  • Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, USA, 11-16 February 2018.
    Submit an abstract to a SOLAS relevant session by 6 September.

  • V congress of physical oceanography, meteorology and climate of the Eastern South Pacific, Concepcion, Chile, 6-10 November 2017.
    Submit an abstract by 6 September.

First Global Ocean Science Report by IOC-UNESCO

How, where, and by whom is ocean science conducted around the world?

Global Ocean Science Report – The Current Status of Ocean Science around the World

On World Oceans Day, 8 June 2017, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission presented the first ever global stock-taking of marine science at the United Nations’ Ocean Conference in New York.

The Global Ocean Science Report identifies and quantifies the key elements of ocean science at the national, regional and global scales, including workforce, infrastructure and publications. It is the first collective attempt to systematically highlight opportunities as well as capacity gaps to advance international collaboration in ocean science and technology.

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Developed as a resource for policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders seeking to harness the potential of ocean science to address global challenges, the Report makes a case for increased funding in view of the ocean’s economic importance and key role in regulating the climate.

To be published every five years, the inaugural Report also serves as an instrument to assess progress in the accomplishment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on the conservation and use of the oceans, seas and marine resources.

The full Report, in English, as well as the Executive Summary, in the six official UN languages, are available online here.

For further information please contact Salvatore Arico (email) and Kirsten Isensee (email).


IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C

Following an IPCC call for nominations in October 2016 to member governments and observer organizations for experts to participate in the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C, the authors are now working on a first draft report of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which will be available for expert review from 31 July 2017 to 24 September 2017 midnight (GMT +1).

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An online registration process has been developed and is open for prospective expert reviewers via the IPCC web site, registration will close on 17 September 2017 midnight (GMT +1).

Registration can be done here.

Please also see an information note explaining the Expert Review process here.



  • Series of online conferences on Early Career Perspectives on Future Earth, 14-18 August 2017. The first part focuses on ecology and civilization. Information on how to join and the programme are available here.

  • Indian Ocean community workshop by the US IIOE-2 Steering Committee, 11-13 September, 2017 in La Jolla, USA. More information available here.

  • International Workshop on Marine & Atmospheric Sciences in West Africa, 12-17 November 2017, in the newly build Ocean Science Centre Mindelo, Cabo Verde. Register here.

  • Call for nominations for the 2018 IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee for terms beginning on 1 January 2018. More information available here.

  • Call for nominations for the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group and CLIVAR panels is now open. Submit nominations here.

  • WCRP has a new Acting Director. Deon Terblanche, who is the Director of Research at the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and supports the WMO Commission for Atmospheric Sciences, took over. More information here.

  • The 3rd Blue Planet Symposium was held in College Park, Maryland, USA, 31 May to 2 June 2017. Read the official report here.

  • Funding opportunities:

    • The Canon Foundation grants up to 15 fellowships to European and Japanese doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. Apply by 15 September 2017 here.

    • Call for EU-India collaborative research on sustainability, equity, wellbeing and cultural connections to be open soon. Apply by November 2017. More information available here.
  • Flick though some newsletters:

    • APN Updates, August 2017 here
    • Biogeochemical-Argo NEWS Issue 3 here
    • CLIVAR August 2017 Bulletin here
    • CLIVAR Summer Variations Vol. 15 No. 3 here
    • EuroMarine E-news Summary - Digest 62 - 3 August 2017 here
    • Future Earth's July 2017 newsletter here 
    • IGAC ebulletin - August 2017 here
    • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry eNewsletter, August 2017 here
    • PAGES- Past Global Changes - e-news, Vol. 2017 No. 7 here
    • PICES newsletter, Summer 2017, Vol. 25, No. 2 here
    • POGO newsletter, Issue 29, July 2017 here


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