The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) invite nominations of qualified individuals to serve on the SOOS Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for terms beginning in September 2024.

SOOS SSC 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 Science Themes or Foundational Capabilities in the SOOS Science and Implementation Plan (2021-2025), and connection to, and representation of a SOOS-relevant community or program. The SOOS objectives are multidisciplinary and integrated, thus SSC members need to have interests in developing and planning of system-scale implementation strategies, beyond their core scientific interests. The SSC membership strives to maintain diversity through disciplinary, nationality, gender and career-stage balance. SOOS encourages nominations from under-represented groups. Information on current SOOS SSC members is available here. Membership on the SSC is for a three-year period, with the potential for renewal for an additional three years, on approval of the SOOS Executive Committee, SCAR and SCOR.

The SOOS SSC is responsible for guiding and advocating for the implementation of SOOS, in alignment with the SOOS Science and Implementation Plan (2021-2025). The SSC members are expected to commit the time and interest required to actively engage in SOOS activities. The SSC meets annually in-person and virtually two to three times a year.  SSC members also engage in SOOS working groups, capability groups and task teams, as appropriate. In some instances, SSC members will be invited to represent SOOS at scientific meetings, usually on an opportunistic basis. For a full description of the role of the SSC and expectations of SSC members, please see the SOOS Governance Terms of Reference.

Nominations, including self-nominations, should include the following information:

  • Completed Nominee Details Form
  • Letter from nominee highlighting interest and intended contribution to SOOS
  • Two supporting letters for the nomination that highlight the nominee’s interest and potential contribution to SOOS
  • CV (3 pages maximum including 5 highlighted publications)

Nomination files should be submitted to the SOOS Executive Officer, Alyce Hancock (info[at], by 15th July 2024.  

For more information about SOOS and its SSC please visit the SOOS website or contact Alyce Hancock (info[at]