SOOS activities are overseen by the international SOOS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The SSC meets annually and provides scientific direction for the SOOS towards achieving its mission. The SSC comprises 3 organisational levels: The Executive Committee (Co-Chairs, Vice Chairs and Executive Officer), Scientific Members, and Ex-officio representatives.
When required, new Scientific Members are sought through an internationally announced call for nominations. Nominations may be made by individuals (including self nominations), organisations or the SSC itself. Nominations are considered and selected by the EXCOM, with final approval by the sponsoring organisations, SCAR and SCOR.
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 scientific themes. In addition to this, SOOS seeks nominations from those interested in development and planning of whole-system-scale implementation strategies and planning. International and national programmatic connections and representation is also a key selection criterion for membership.
Where possible, the SSC will maintain a disciplinary, nationality, gender and age balance. To view the current SSC members, including the nationalities and expertise already represented, click here.
Membership on the SSC is for a 3-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional 3 years, on approval of the EXCOM.
For more information on the objectives of the SSC, download the SOOS SSC Terms of Reference.
Nominations to the SOOS SSC are currently closed. An open call for nominations is likely towards the end of 2017.
Nominations should only be made for those with the capacity to be actively involved 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. Membership on the SSC is for a 3-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional 3 years, on approval of the EXCOM.
Where possible, the SSC will maintain a disciplinary, nationality, gender and age balance. To view the current SSC members, including the nationalities and expertise already represented, please visit the website (http://soos.aq/about-us/ssc). We particularly encourage nominations from females, who are significantly underrepresented on the current SSC. In addition to this, expertise in sea-ice observations, carbon, and ecosystems are encouraged.
1) A completed Nominee Details form
2) Nomination letter (if not self-nominated)
3) A support letter from a 3rd party
4) A letter of intent by the nominee
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