FUTURE Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Award
(Approved October 2019 – Decision GC2019/S/11)
(Changed from ECS to ECOP - Decision GC2022/S/11)

What is the FUTURE ECOP Award

The FUTURE ECOP Award is a FULL travel support granted to an Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) to attend the PICES Annual Meeting.


Encourage recognition and application of the Socio-Ecological Environmental System (SEES) approach, and engage early career ocean professionals into PICES activities.


Provide some travel support to an ECOP who demonstrates the application of the SEES approach in the framing of their research and is willing to present this work at the Science Board (or other plenary) Symposium.

Introduction to the FUTURE ECOP Award

PICES provides a forum for young scientists from around the North Pacific to share knowledge and build collaborations that cross both disciplinary and international boundaries. The goal of the scientific program of PICES is to understand and communicate present conditions and projected future states of North Pacific ecosystems and the potential responses to human use and climate change.

To further increase the capacity of the PICES community to understand and communicate the processes that link climate processes and human activities to multi-scale ecosystem responses, a Social-Ecological-Environmental Systems (SEES) framework has been developed and highlighted in a recent manuscript (Bograd et al., 2019).

The FUTURE Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) seeks to inspire Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) to consider the application of the SEES approach in their work. We encourage PICES scientists to bear in mind the following questions as they consider research to be shared at the next PICES Annual Meeting:

  • How has your work spanned disciplinary boundaries?
  • How does the issue addressed by your research incorporate understanding of the climate system, ocean physical or biogeochemical processes, and characteristics of the marine ecosystem?
  • What are the resulting impacts on coastal communities, and how might these consequences influence management strategies?
PICES will provide support from the FUTURE Program budget for the travel costs of early career ocean professional(s) to participate in the subsequent PICES Annual Meeting. The scientist (or team of scientists) will be invited to present their work in the Science Board (or other plenary) Symposium to highlight the application of the SEES approach. This travel award is independent of the standard PICES pool of travel support offered to ECOP.

Who is eligible for the FUTURE ECOP Award

  • Must be a student or Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) in the beginning of your career, with ten years or less of professional experience, conducting inter-disciplinary research on marine ecosystems.
  • Must submit an abstract to Session 1: Science Board Symposium at the PICES Annual Meeting.
  • The submitted abstract should describe the SEES approach taken for the study.

How to apply for the FUTURE ECOP Award

  • Submit an abstract to Session 1: Science Board Symposium at the PICES Annual Meeting describing the above SEES approach; use PICES Annual Meeting's on-line submission sysmem.
  • Submit a financial support application using PICES Annual Meeting's on-line submission sysmem.
PICES Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Socio-Ecological Environmental System (SEES) Award recipients

Vivitskaia J.D. Tulloch
Conservation Decisions Lab, Uninversity of British Columbia (UBC), BC, Canada
PICES-2023 Opening Ceremony: Awards | Certificate TBA | PICES Press 2024, Vol. 32, No. 1 TBA |