Advisory Panel on Early Career Ocean Professionals
Definition of PICES ECOP
"An ECOP is someone who self-identifies as an early career professional in the beginning of their career, with ten years or less of professional experience."
To remain vibrant and relevant over the long-term, professional organizations must attract, integrate and retain diverse perspectives, especially of early career professionals. The connection between organizations and early career professionals is mutually beneficial. Engaging ECOPs in PICES promotes diversity, initially generationally, but eventually by incorporating a greater number of disciplines and sectors and by developing and strengthening relationships with countries and organizations located in different ocean basins; provides expertise in new research techniques and greater emphasis on science communication, outreach, and enhances organizational capacity. Complementary to this, ECOPs benefit by engaging in knowledge sharing, training, and mentorship and getting direct experience in relevant professional skills such as international collaborations, intergovernmental engagement, science communication, and conference organization, as well as employment, funding, or other professional opportunities. A survey conducted by the previous SG-ECOP demonstrated how willing and keen both ECOPs and later career ocean professionals (LCOPs) were towards the institution of a mentorship program and towards greater inclusion and engagement of ECOPs within PICES organizational development, scientific agenda, communication strategy and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

The goal of the proposed Advisory Panel is to facilitate the incorporation and engagement of diverse early career ocean professionals (ECOPs), across regions, sectors, disciplines, and other axes of diversity into the PICES scientific activities and organizational structure, including expert groups and the Secretariat. This includes identifying opportunities for participation, recruiting diverse ECOPs, and sustaining their engagement. The AP will support and direct ECOP engagement within PICES and the North Pacific, as well as encourage ECOP participation in organizations, programs, and activities of interest to the PICES community, such as associated with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (e.g., SMARTNet).

While PICES currently defines ECOPs as early career scientists who are less than 36 years old, or who obtained their PhD within the last 5 years, the Advisory Panel intends to expand and update this definition further so as to be more inclusive of ECOPs coming from different sectors and career backgrounds (e.g., graduated at an older age but still self-identify as early career).
Terms of Reference
  1. Explore opportunities for ECOP representation in PICES through enhanced demographic data collection and assessment. The AP will continue to assess opportunities to enhance representation in PICES expert groups and organizational structures and ensure that there is cross fertilization among the existing Expert Groups, such as the proposed Science Communication Advisory Panel. This could include identifying reasonable, quantitative benchmarks for ECOP participation, both within PICES as a whole and in specific expert groups, decision-making bodies, and other key organizational structures and improving demographic information to track the demographics of the PICES annual meeting and community.

  2. Recruit diverse ECOPs through revitalized communications and existing networks. The AP will actively work to recruit diverse ECOPs, from different regions, sectors, and disciplines, into PICES by revitalizing communication and connecting with existing networks. This could include supporting with the PICES website, developing an ECOP section on the PICES website, and asking existing PICES members and national members of expert groups to actively invite ECOPs to the annual meeting and expert group meetings.

  3. Engage ECOPs through professional opportunities in expert groups, programs, and other aspects of PICES structure. Incorporate ECOPs into all levels of PICES including participation in expert groups and the Secretariat and ultimately leadership roles within the organization. For example, this could include post-docs or interns that support Expert Groups or the Secretariat. In addition, ECOPs could see which Expert Groups (EGs) align with their areas of interest, join the EG meetings, and contact the EG chair.

  4. Foster inter-generational exchange through mentorship programs and activities. The AP will continue to foster inter-generational exchange and mentorship between experienced PICES members, ECOPs, and emerging ECOPs (e.g. youth), such as by encouraging later career ocean professionals (LCOPs) to mentor ECOPs that are eager to participate in expert groups and other organizational bodies.

  5. Collaborate with partners to develop and advance inclusive engagement in the North Pacific and internationally. The AP will work with other international, regional, and national organizations, initiatives and/or countries to further ECOP engagement, especially those related to mentorship, diverse engagement, and early career professional recruitment, retention, and participation. This could include developing a North Pacific ECOP network to connect within and across regions globally and within the context of international processes, like the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and across the associated programs (e.g., SMARTNet, GEOS, ECOP).

  • Changes within AP-ECOP Membership (Japan): Dr. Satomi Takagi is a newly appointed member of AP-ECOP.
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  • Changes within AP-ECOP Membership (Japan): Dr. Hiroki Wakamatsu is stepping down as an AP-ECOP member.
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  • AP-ECOP Membership (new Co-Chair): Ms. Hana Matsubara (Japan) was elected as AP-ECOP Co-Chair.
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  • New AP-ECOP Membership: Canada (Dr. Alexandra C.D. Davis, Mr. Raphael Kevin Roman-Co-Chair, Ms. Andrea White), China (Ms. Heping LI, Drs. Pengbin Wang, Zuhao Zhu, Yida Gao, Edmond Sanganyado), Japan (Prof. Shin-ichi Ito, Ms. Hana Matsubara, Dr. Aoi Sugimoto, Dr. Hiroki Wakamatsu), Korea (Ms. Saeseul Kim, Profs. Minkyoung Kim-Co-Chair, Seung-Tae Yoon, Yoonja Kang, Dr. Keyseok Choe), USA (Dr. Steven J. Bograd, Ms. Hannah Lachance-Co-Chair, Dr. Erin Vera Satterthwaite, Dr. Matthew Savoca, Dr. Vera L. Trainer)
    6/28/2022 7:21:08 PM PST
Dr. Alexandra C.D. Davis (AP-ECOP)
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
UC Los Angelas
610 Charles E Young Dr S
Los Angelas, California
Canada 90095
(780) 492-3308
Ms. Saeseul Kim (AP-ECOP)
Representing Korea
PICES Secretariat
9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, Canada V8L 4B2
Mr. Raphael Kevin Roman (AP-ECOP, AP-UNDOS, WG-51)
AP-ECOP Co-Chair
2350 W 8th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6K2A9
Ms. Andrea White (AP-ECOP, AP-UNDOS)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent St., Mail Station 12S030
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1A 0E6
(1-613) 462-8206
Prof. Shin-ichi Ito (AP-ECOP, S-CCME, WG-45)
WG-45 Co-Chair
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
The University of Tokyo
5-1-5 Kashiwanoha
Kashiwa, Chiba
Japan 277-8564
(81-4) 7136-6240
(81-4) 7136-6247
Ms. Heping Li (AP-ECOP)
Graduate school of Science
Kyoto Univerisity
2-24 Tanaka-Sekiden-_Cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Kyoto, Japan 6068203
Ms. Hana Matsubara (AP-ECOP)
AP-ECOP Co-Chair
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Tokyo
5-1-5, Kashiwanoha
Kashiwa-shi, Chiba
Japan 277-8564
Dr. Aoi Sugimoto (AP-ECOP, AP-SciCom, HD)
Socio-Ecological Systems Division, Fisheries Stock Assessment Center, Fisheries Resources Institute
Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA)
2-12-4 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa
Japan 2368648
Dr. Satomi Takagi (AP-ECOP)
Fisheries Resources Institute (FRI)
Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency (FRA)
116 Katsurakoi
Kushiro, Hokkaido
Japan 085-0802
Dr. Edmond Sanganyado (AP-ECOP)
Department of Applied Sciences
Northumbria University
Ellison Place
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
People's Republic of China NE1 8ST
Dr. Pengbin Wang (AP-ECOP, AP-SciCom, HAB-S)
S-HAB Co-Chair
Key Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics
The Second Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
No. 36 Baochubei Rd.
Hangzhou, Zhejiang
People's Republic of China 310012
Dr. Zuhao Zhu (AP-ECOP)
Fourth Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources, PRC
26 Xinshiji Road
Beihai, Guang'xi Zhuang
People's Republic of China 536000
(+86) 18077962834
Dr. Keyseok Choe (AP-ECOP)
Department of Ecology and Conservation
National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea
75 Jangsan-ro 101beon-gil
Janghang Seocheon, Chungnam
Republic of Korea 33662
Prof. Yoonja Kang (AP-ECOP)
Department of Ocean Integrated Science
Chonnam National University
College of Fisheries and Oceanography #204, 50, Daehak-ro
Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
Republic of Korea 59626
Prof. Minkyoung Kim (AP-ECOP, CREAMS-AP)
AP-ECOP Co-Chair
Kyungpook National University
513 chun
Daegu, Republic of Korea 08826
Prof. Seung-Tae Yoon (AP-ECOP, WG-52)
Department of Oceanography
Kyungpook National University
80, Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Republic of Korea.
Daegu, Republic of Korea 41566
Dr. Steven J. Bograd (AP-ECOP, AP-UNDOS, FUTURE-SSC, POC, SB, WG-49)
FUTURE-SSC Co-Chair, AP-ECOP Mentor, AP-UNDOS Co-Chair
Environmental Research Division
99 Pacific St., Suite 255A
Monterey, CA
U.S.A. 93940
(1-831) 648-8314
Ms. Hannah Lachance (AP-ECOP, AP-SciCom)
AP-ECOP Co-Chair
Leading Solutions in support of NOAA Fisheries
72 Little Eagle Bay Rd
Burlington , VT
U.S.A. 05408
(845) 857 4302
Dr. Erin Vera Satterthwaite (AP-ECOP, AP-UNDOS, FUTURE-SSC, SG-GREEN, WG-52)
California Sea Grant & Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., #0232
La Jolla, CA
U.S.A. 92093
(858) 534-4440
Dr. Matthew Savoca (AP-ECOP, MEQ, WG-42)
Department of Oceans, Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
120 Ocean View Blvd.
Pacific Grove, CA
U.S.A. 93950
Dr. Vera L. Trainer (AP-ECOP, AP-SciCom, AP-UNDOS, HAB-S, SG-GREEN, WG-49)
AP-ECOP Mentor, SG-GREEN Chair
Marine Program Director
University of Washington
Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S Forks Ave.
Forks, WA
U.S.A. 9833
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Annual Meetings


2023, 2022

Session and Workshop Summaries

W4, Exploring engagement opportunities for ECOPs within PICES and internationally


PICES Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Engagement Opportunities flyer:
English | French | Japanese | Korean |


Developing Better Capacity for ECOPs


Winter 2021, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 28-33
PICES-2020 VW9 Workshop — Building a PICES Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Network

Winter 2023, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 31-34
PICES-2022 W4: Exploring Engagement Opportunities for Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) within PICES and Internationally

This podcast episode highlighted UN Decade ECOP efforts and other ECOP efforts including PICES AP-ECOP.
The Ocean Decade Show - ECOP Evolution - New National Nodes with Hannah Lachance