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: EXCOM and Co-Chairs, 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. International and national programmatic connections and representation is also a key selection criteria for membership. All selected SSC members must have an ability and willingness to undertake activities that develop and promote SOOS. 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 for new SSC members are currently closed. The next call for nominations will be announced in 2013.
To make a nomination please send the following items by email to Louise Newman (newman(a)soos.aq):