Scientific Steering Committee Nominations

The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) invite nominations of qualified individuals to serve on the SOOS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC), for terms beginning on 1 July 2020.

Scientific members are selected for their scientific excellence and standing in a field of Southern Ocean science that is relevant to at least one of the SOOS science themes. Members are also selected for their connection to, and representation of a SOOS-relevant community or program. Further, SOOS objectives are multidisciplinary and integrated, thus members need to have interests in developing and planning of system-scale implementation strategies, beyond their core scientific interests. Membership on the SSC is for a 3-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional 3 years, on approval of the SOOS EXCOM, SCAR and SCOR.

The SOOS SSC is responsible for guiding and advocating for the implementation of SOOS, in alignment with the SOOS 5-Year Implementation Plan. Where possible, the SSC will maintain diversity, through disciplinary, nationality, gender and career-stage balance. For information on expertise and nationality of existing SSC members, click here

SOOS is particularly interested to receive nominations from experts in:

- Biologists (high and mid-trophic levels)

- Observations for ocean/sea ice/atmosphere interactions

- Sea-ice experts

- Observations for ocean/ice-shelf interactions

- Observing system design

Nominations should only be made for those with the time and interest to actively engage in driving SOOS forward. The SSC meet annually, whilst the majority of SSC activities and input is managed via email. In some instances, SSC members will be invited to represent SOOS at scientific meetings, usually on an opportunistic basis.

To submit a nomination (including self-nominations), please provide the following documentation to Louise Newman ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by the 24th February 2020

  • A completed Nominee Details form
  • Nomination letter (if not self-nominated)
  • A support letter from a 3rd party
  • A letter of intent by the nominee highlighting their interest in and intended contribution to SOOS
  • CV (6 pages maximum)

For more information about SOOS and its SSC please visit the SSC webpages or contact an Executive Committee member: Andrew Constable ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Sebastiaan Swart, Sebastiaan Swart ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Eileen Hofmann ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and/or Mike Williams ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Copyright 2015 Southern Ocean Observing System. All rights reserved.