Study Group: Early Career Ocean Professionals
  • Acronym: SG-ECOP
  • Parent Committees: FUTURE
  • Established: PICES-2020
  • Duration: PICES-2020 -
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Motivation / Rationale
For several years, PICES has provided support for the participation of early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) in workshops and symposia and has recognized excellence of presentations by ECOPs at its annual meetings. It has been suggested that the success of the PICES relies on the explicit inclusion of Early Career Ocean Professionals, so that they can develop the essential skills and relationships they will need to further develop and expand PICES science and its contributions to ensuring sustainable connections with our global ocean. Their involvement means: 1) the retention of valuable institutional knowledge, 2) a greater sense of shared ownership and buy-in of the initiatives affecting their generation, and 3) insurance that solutions are crafted with the innovation that comes with a diversity of perspectives. In addition, it has been suggested that ECOPs should help PICES play a leading role in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) by bringing fresh ideas, relevant contributions, and diverse perspectives to the next chapter of scientific discovery. Efforts are needed to explicitly define the role of ECOPs in PICES to ensure the lasting legacy of PICES. Therefore, the PICES ECOP Study Group (hereinafter, SG-ECOP) aims to utilize input from the PICES community, through workshops and surveys, to develop an engagement plan for ECOP in PICES and within the context of relevant partner organizations and international processes, such as the Ocean Decade.
Terms of Reference
The main objectives of the proposed SG-ECOP are to:
  1. Consult the PICES community to better understand priorities, gaps, and opportunities for engagement within PICES.
  2. Develop an engagement plan for ECOPs within PICES using consultations from the PICES community and by reviewing mechanisms used by other international or intergovernmental organizations, which may include a mission, vision, structure, alignment and synergies with expert groups.
  3. Identify and cultivate the development of a diverse and representative ECOP community within PICES to ensure community participation and feedback.
  4. Identify opportunities for PICES mentorship and knowledge sharing between experienced PICES members, ECOPs, and emerging ECOPs (e.g. youth).
  5. Develop Terms of Reference for a PICES expert group to implement SG recommendations on ECOP engagement and retention.
  • New Study Group ECOP Membership (Korea, Canada): Drs. Bum Soo Park and Hanna Na (Korea), and Drs. Alexandra Davis and Cameron Freshwater (Canada) have been appointed as members of newly established Study Group.
    11/19/2020 3:39:23 PM PST
Dr. Alexandra C.D. Davis (SG-ECOP)
Biological Sciences
University of Alberta
c/o Biological Sciences CW 405, Biological Sciences Bldg. University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E9
(780) 492-3308
Dr. Cameron Freshwater (SG-ECOP)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
3682 Overlook Dr.
Nanaimo , BC
Canada V9T 1M6
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Seoul National University
1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu
Seoul, Republic of Korea 08826
Dr. Bum Soo Park (SG-ECOP, SG-SciCom)
Marine Ecosystem Research Center
Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology
385 Haeyang-ro, Yeongdo-gu
Busan, Republic of Korea 49111
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