SOLAS update

  • Job opening: SOLAS Executive Director

    SOLAS is seeking to appoint a new Executive Director to lead the International Project Office (IPO) at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. The new Director will guide the realisation of the SOLAS Science Plan, facilitate its Implementation Strategy, and organise annual events, among others.
    Deadline for applications: 15 November 2017.
    More information on tasks and qualifications are available here.

  • Congratulations to Prof. Robert A. Duce, who was instrumental in the founding of SOLAS, for the AGU Ambassador Award nomination. The celebration will take place at the year’s Honors Tribute on 13 December 2017, at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, USA.

  • 7th International SOLAS Summer School

    • The network funding for the SOLAS Summer School 2018 is still open! Help SOLAS students to learn about interdisciplinary science and develop a professional community that will support them in their research careers here.

    • Visit the SOLAS Summer School webpage here. Registration will be open soon!


  • The SOLAS International Project Officers Li Li and Jessica Gier met at the State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science at Xiamen University, China. They had a fruitful week of SOLAS relevant work and discussions.

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    • Announce your SOLAS relevant session for the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, US, 11-16 February in the next e-news! Please send an email to us.

    • SOLAS will have an exhibit booth, so please plan to come and visit us!


  • The international conference on 'Shipping and the Environment - From Regional to Global Perspective' 24 - 25 October 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, will be followed by a SOLAS shipping workshop on 26 October. A SOLAS event report will follow on that.

Upcoming deadlines


  • Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Interactions with the Atmosphere, in conjunction with the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR, US, 17-18 February 2018. Register by 6 October.

  • OCB is collecting ideas for the 2018 OCB Summer Workshop, Woods Hole, MA, USA, 25 - 28 June 2018. Submit an idea by 13 October.

  • OceanObs’19, 16 - 20 September 2019, Honolulu, HI, USA, are seeking experts to join its Program Committee. Submit the nomination form by 15 October.

  • Sustainable Ocean Summit 2017, Halifax, Canada, 29 November - 1 December 2017. Early registration extended. Register by 16 October.

  • Uhinak Congress, III Cross border conference on climate and coastal change, Paris, France, 6 - 7 March 2018. Submit an abstract by 23 October.

  • International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts – ICCCI, Huaraz, Peru, 29 November - 1 December 2017. Register by 25 October.


  • AGU 2017 Fall Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 11 - 15 December 2017. Four late-breaking sessions have been added. Submit an abstract by 1 November.

  • Open Science Conference POLAR2018, Davos, Switzerland, 19 - 23 June 2018. Submit an abstract by 1 November.

  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Information Day, Brussels, Belgium, 9 November 2017. Register by 3 November.

Three New SCOR Working Groups Approved

SCOR held its 2017 Annual Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, celebrating the 60th anniversary of SCOR. Three new SCOR Working Groups were provisionally approved:


The XPRIZE Big Ocean Button Challenge

The Big Ocean Button Challenge is an app competition sponsored by the XPRIZE Ocean Initiative, to advance development in ocean data sets in categories such as Fishing, Shipping and Trade, Ocean Acidification, Public Safety, and Exploration. There are 20 submissions that are competing for $100,000 in prizes and XPRIZE is asking to help to decide on the winning solutions.

Visit the Big Ocean Button Challenge page to view the apps and cast your vote here.

Voting will remain open until 19 October and the winners will be announced early in 2018.

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New Ocean Oxygen website

This new website provides information on deoxygenation to scientists, stakeholders and the interested public. The website is an initiative of the Collaborative Research Centre 754 (SFB 754) and the IOC-UNESCO Global Oxygen Network (GO2NE).

Visit the website here.

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  • Upcoming events

    • Joint call from the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA on the theme Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The call is planned to be launched in October 2017, with a closing date in December 2017. More information here.

    • The 2nd COLUMBUS International Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference (Achieving Impact from Marine Research) takes place on 7 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium. Register 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.

    • The 6th European Marine Board Forum, 6 December 2017, Brussels, Belgium, on Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science? Registration is open until filled. More information here.

    • The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence and its national and international partners invite to the International Arctic Change 2017 Conference, 11-15 December 2017, Québec, Canada. Register here.

    • The Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program is planning the 4th U.S. Ocean Acidification PI meeting, 17-19 February 2018, at Crowne Plaza, Portland, OR, USA. OCB will make an announcement when the meeting website and application are available.

  • Published literature

    • The Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report invites members of the atmospheric and biological sciences communities as well as the general public to comment on the papers until 20 October.

    • GOOS has launched a dedicated YouTube channel which contains the full archive of GOOS Webinars. View the GOOS channel here.

    • The report of the Joint Ameriflux-North American Carbon Program (NACP) PI meeting has been published on Eos: Coordinating and Communicating Carbon Cycle Research. View the report here.

    • 'The Ocean revealed' is a collection of 130 articles for a better understanding of the ocean in the 21st century, in tune with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The flyer outlines the structure of the book. Hard copies can be purchased here.

    • Future Earth has released its newest annual report, which shares highlights of activities and scientific discoveries that emerged from Future Earth in 2016-2017. Download the report here.

    • An updated version of the Sampling and Sample-handling Protocols for GEOTRACES Cruises (Cookbook, Version 3.0, 2017) is now available here.

  • Funding opportunities

    • European Research Council Starting Grants for researchers of any nationality with two to seven years experience since the completion of their PhD may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years. Apply by 17 October 2017 here.

    • The APN invites proposals under the Collaborative Regional Research Programme (CRRP) and the capacity development programme (CAPaBLE) for funding from September 2018. Submit a proposal by 1 November 2017 here.

    • SCOR will be supporting five Visiting Scholars in 2018. Submit an application for the 2018 SCOR Visiting Scholars Program by 15 November 2017. More details see here.

    • The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program is soliciting proposals for OCB activities that will take place during the 2018 calendar year, such as OCB-relevant scoping workshops and smaller group activities. Submit workshop proposals electronically to the OCB Project Office by 1 December 2017. More details see here.

    • Geosciences announced the opening of a competition for two Travel Awards of 600 Swiss Francs each. The granted postdoctoral or PhD students will be assisted financially in attending a conference in 2018. Submit an application by 28 February 2018. More details here.

  • Miscellaneous

    • The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Program is seeking nominations for new Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) members. More details here. Submit your nomination to the OCB Project Office by 1 November 2017 with the following information:
      - Name, affiliation, email address
      - Expertise as it pertains to OCB
      - Updated CV
      - Capacity to contribute to OCB leadership, science planning, and implementation

  • Flick though some newsletters

    • CATCH Newsletter September 2017 here
    • EuroMarine E-news Summary - Digest 66 - 27 September 2017 here
    • IGAC eBulletin October 2017 here
    • Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry eNewsletter, September 28, 2017 here
    • PAGES- Past Global Changes - e-news, Vol. 2017 No. 9 here


SOLAS International Project Office
GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, China

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