Challenger News

The Challenger Society for Marine Science Membership Survey Report

Summary of the 2021 Challenger Society membership survey.

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Appointment of Expert Members of the Decade Advisory Board

Please see this link for the circular letter Cl 2871 from the IOC announcing the establishment of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) Advisory Board, and it is with great pleasure to share that the UK has representation by way of Prof Gideon Henderson. Gideon’s nomination, supported by Defra and the FCDO demonstrates the UK’s commitment to supporting the Ocean Decade at a critical time as the Advisory Boards helps set the direction of the Decade.

Decade Advisory Board - CL-2871_e

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New NERC Ocean Observations Consultation

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has asked the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to lead a piece of work on prioritising the sustained ocean observations that are most important to the UK and the international effort. 

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The Decade Working Group (DWG): Update

In the UK marine community the United Nations Decade of Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), hereafter ‘the Decade’, is gaining growing publicity. What is less well established is how UK marine researchers can participate in the Decade and how funding for research will emerge.

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Is fieldwork a requirement for a career in marine science?

Please save the date for an introductory and perception gathering event run by a subset of the Challenger Society EDIA working group. The virtual event will focus on ‘Evaluating perceptions of job roles in marine research and raising awareness of digital twinning of the oceans to promote diversity and inclusivity in the marine sciences.’ The event will take place on the 27th of January 2022 13:30-15:30 on zoom.


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Report on Impacts of Covid-19

Summary Report on the Impacts of Covid-19 available from the NOCA AGM

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News items from the NOC Association and the Marine Facilities Advisory Board

The details of the membership of the Decade Working Group (DWG), that was announced at the May 2021 AGM of the NOC Association, are now available:
NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries | National Oceanography Centre

The March 2021 minutes of the Marine Facilities Advisory Board are available here: Marine_Facilities_Advisory Board_March_2021_minutes.pdf (noc.ac.uk)

Are your institution’s details up to date on the The UK Marine Science and Technology Compendium?  If not, please let the Secretary know.
Secretary to the NOCA and MFAB: Jackie Pearson, jfpea@noc.ac.uk National Oceanography Centre

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Cancellation of 2020/21 Challenger Conference

Sadly, the postponed 2020 Challenger Conference to be hosted at SAMs from 6th September 2021 has also been cancelled.

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New Seagoing Bursary for Students and Early Career Scientists

NOC has received funding from West P&I to deliver a seagoing bursary to enable students and early career scientists, including from developing countries, to experience sea-going science.

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Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) Workshop: Future Research Platforms as Data Hubs in a Connected World

Net Zero Oceanographic Capability (NZOC) Workshop: Future Research Platforms as Data Hubs in a Connected World
Thursday 22nd April 2021

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BBC article - History of the Challenger Expedition

BBC Futures, Stephen Dowling, 5th Feb 2021
A really great narrative, charting the story of the Challenger expedition

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The NOCA 2021 Annual General Meeting

The 2021 AGM of the NOC Association of Marine Science National Capability Beneficiaries (NOCA) will be conducted by Zoom on 11th and 12th May 2021

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Challenger Society 2020 Conference

Conference Postponed until Sept 2021 due to Covid-19 outbreak.

Challenger Society 2020 Conference
at SAMS , Oban
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6th-10th September, 2021
Registration, and Abstract submission is available on the conference website at https://challenger2020.co.uk

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Ocean Challenge search function

There is a new online search function for all Ocean Challenge issues that allows anyone to easily search for articles on a specific topic. We hope this will be used not just by the marine science community but by educators who would otherwise not have access to such resources.

(8/11/2017).

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