FUTURE Early Career Scientist Award
(Approved October 2019 – Decision 2019/S/11)


Encourage recognition and application of the Socio-Ecological Environmental System (SEES) approach, and engage early career scientists in PICES activities


Provide some travel support to an early career scientist (or scientists) who demonstrate the application of the SEES approach in the framing of his or her research and are willing to present this work at the Science Board (or other plenary) Symposium.


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 scientists 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 scientist(s) to participate in the following PICES Annual Meeting. The young scientist (or team of young scientists) will be invited to present the 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 early career scientists.

How to apply

To apply for this award, you must be an early career scientist (under 35 years of age OR less than 5 years from reception of PhD ) conducting inter-disciplinary research on marine ecosystems.

Selections will be made based on:

  1. submitted abstract
  2. a brief description (~1 page) of the proposed SEES approach
    • to be submitted to Hal Batchelder at the PICES Secretariat (hbatch@pices.int) by the Annual Meeting abstract deadline.
    • Subject line to include your given name AND FUTURE ECS Award (e.g. Brown-FUTURE ECS Award)
Applicants should also complete an application for Financial Support