SCOR Capacity-Building Activities
SCOR provides travel support for countries that the World Bank includes
as Low-Income, Lower-Middle-Income, and Upper-Middle-Income economies.
The list of countries whose scientists are currently eligible for SCOR
travel support can be found here.
SCOR has been involved in capacity building
since its beginning, through activities related to the International
Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE).
SCOR promotes the enhancement of scientific capacity in developing
countries and those with economies in transition by ensuring that
every SCOR working group and other activity includes scientists from such
countries. SCOR also administers a grant from the U.S. National Science
Foundation to provide travel support to scientists from such countries to
attend scientific meetings, participates with the Partnership for
Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) in supporting a program of visiting
fellowships for oceanographic observations, and supports a program of SCOR
Visiting Scholars. SCOR created a
Committee on Capacity Building in 2007 to coordinate SCOR's
activities in capacity building, develop new activities, and help
develop funding for these activities. The following are the major
ongoing SCOR capacity-building activities:
established a program of travel awards to ocean
scientists from developing countries and those with economies in
transition in 1984. This program is supported
through a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation and
approximately 60 scientists are awarded full or partial travel grants
each year to participate in major international ocean science meetings
and short-term training programs. Instructions
for Travel Grants
Visiting Fellowships for Oceanographic Observations―SCOR has
committed funds for this fellowship program in cooperation with POGO. This program is designed to promote training and capacity building
leading toward a global observation scheme for the ocean. The program is
open to scientists, technicians, Ph.D.-level graduate students, and
post-doctoral fellows from centers in developing countries involved in
oceanographic work. It offers the opportunity for such individuals to
visit other oceanographic centers for a short period (1-3 months) for
training on any aspect of oceanographic observations, analyses, and
interpretation. The first set of awards were made in 2001, and awards
have been made annually since then.
Regional Graduate Education Networks for Ocean Sciences―SCOR is also developing an activity
that will promote regional networks for ocean science graduate
which will foster the establishment of regional centers of excellence in
Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, and
South Asia. These networks would bring together students from a region with
faculty from the region and from developed countries for specialized
short-term courses and would fund students through
principles for regional networks have been developed.
SCOR maintains a Web portal of the capacity-building activities of many
different international organizations that are relevant to capacity
building for ocean science and observations.
SCOR Visiting Scholars--The
first SCOR Visiting Scholar was approved in 2009 and additional calls
will be made annually, as funding allows.
Report from a
Conference on Developing a Global
Strategy for Capacity Building in the Ocean Sciences
Urban, E.R. Jr., and R. Boscolo. 2013. Using
scientific meetings to enhance the development of early career