In 2016, The PICES Governing Council approved the establishment of a new award, the PICES Chair Award. The award is given for sustained contributions to the development of the Organization that have allowed it to meet the purpose as set out in the Convention:Article III: Purpose of the Organization:
Nominations are accepted annually from the PICES community although the award may not be given every year if a suitable candidate is not found. More than one award may be given in a year. The Selection Committee consists of the PICES Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Chair of the Finance and Administration Committee. The Award Presentation Ceremony takes place at an Opening Session during the PICES Annual Meeting.
Send nominations for the 2017 PICES Chair Award, with supporting documentation, to the PICES Executive Secretary by JULY 30, 2017.
At the PICES-2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, it was announced that Dr. Richard (Rich) Marasco is being recognized with the PICES Chair Award for his “sustained contributions to the development of the Organization”.
Dr. Marasco was Chair of the PICES Finance and Administration Committee (F&A) from 1998 – 2004. In his leadership role, he designed a financial approach that allowed the organization to expand in the absence of real increases in the annual fees. He also worked tirelessly to build relationships across diverse cultures in PICES, and he advocated for the importance of PICES within his home organization, NOAA, encouraging younger scientists to take up leadership roles in the organization.
Dr. Bychkov was the PICES Executive Secretary from 1999-2014. His dedication and hard work are key drivers that have moved PICES from a regional North Pacific science organization to a well-respected and recognized truly global organization, leading important initiatives in climate change and marine ecosystem science.