About SCOR

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SCOR is the leading international non-governmental organization for the promotion and coordination of international oceanographic activities. SCOR science activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research. National SCOR Committees in 32 nations contribute annual dues to finance the core functions of SCOR and more than 200 scientists participate in SCOR working groups, scientific steering committees for the large-scale ocean research projects, and other SCOR projects.

SCOR promotes capacity building for marine scientists in developing countries and countries with economies in transition through special efforts to include such scientists in SCOR activities, awarding travel grants to as many as 75 individuals each year, sending three SCOR Visiting Scholars to developing countries each year, and conducting joint capacity-building activities with other organizations.

  As a non-governmental organization, individuals representing national SCOR committees, not national governments, are the members of SCOR. Each national committee can be represented by as many as three individual ocean scientists who serve as Nominated Members. The biennial General Meetings (in even-numbered years) elect an Executive Committee from among Nominated Members. and review the progress of SCOR activities. Annual meetings of SCOR review progress of SCOR activities, approve new working groups, approve a budget for the following year, and learn of activities of partner organizations.  Annual SCOR meetings are held in all parts of the world in order to help broaden participation of national SCOR committees in SCOR activities.