I am writing on behalf of the Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to invite you to help shape future of international collaboration on Antarctic and Southern Ocean research.
As you may know, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) is an international body that brings together scientists from around the world for information sharing and research collaboration [details here: https://www.scar.org/about-us/scar-overview/]. A key mechanism of SCAR’s work is the suite of “Scientific Research Programs” that are established for fixed periods of time (typically 6-8 years) to catalyze and organize collaborations around particular topics deemed of critical importance by the scientific community. [See the current list of SRPs here: https://www.scar.org/science/srp/ ].
The current suite of Programs are nearing the end of their designated lifetimes, and a next generation of Programs are now being explored. These will be actively discussed at the 2018 SCAR meetings (https://www.polar2018.org/ ), and final choices will be voted on at the 2020 SCAR meetings. Right now is a key window for helping to shape and steer these choices, and your input to this process is most welcome.
On May 24th at 1:00-2:30 pm edt, we will hold a webinar [hosted by some leading U.S. representatives to SCAR: Terry Wilson, Deneb Karentz, David Bromwich] to discuss this program development opportunity and the ways that you can best contribute to this process. You are encouraged to join us for this discussion, and can register through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-helping-to-shape-the-next-generation-of-scar-scientific-research-programs-tickets-45907474492
If you are interested in this topic but not available on the 24th, we do hope to record the webinar and make it available for viewing at a later date (details TBD). And if you are already quite familiar with SCAR and the SRP process, and would like to go ahead and contribute thoughts and suggestions on this matter, you can do so at the following site: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4360797/SCAR-SRP-Survey
Feel free to share this invitation with others who you think may be interested, especially students and early career scientists.
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