Third Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World: Travel support for early-career scientists and developing country scientists

A consortium of institutions and organizations from Monterey, California will host the third symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World on 21-24 September 2012 (see symposium Web site at Like the first two symposia in this series, the Monterey symposium is expected to attract many of the world’s leading ocean scientists to discuss the impacts of ocean acidification on marine organisms, ecosystems, and biogeochemical cycles, as well as social and economic consequences of ocean acidification. The first three days of the symposium will feature plenary, parallel, and poster sessions that will provide an opportunity for presentations of the latest scientific results and discussions of the state of research in ocean acidification. The fourth day will focus on the policy implications of ocean acidification, starting with a summary of the scientific presentations and continuing with panels of eminent policymakers who will comment on how the science of ocean acidification is impacting policy at national and international levels.

Symposium organizers are planning special networking activities for early-career scientists and will offer mentoring opportunities for those who request a mentor. Special travel support will be available for early-career scientists and scientists from developing countries and countries with economies in transition (see Travel grants for early-career scientists will be limited to applicants who are Ph.D. students and individuals who have received their Ph.D.s within 5 years of the beginning of the symposium. A small number of travel grants will be available for scientists from developing countries who are more than 5 years beyond their Ph.D.s. Registration fees will be waived for travel grant recipients.

Application Process for Travel Grants—Applications for travel support will consist of three parts: (1) an abstract to present a poster or an oral presentation in a parallel session, (2) a letter expressing the applicant’s research interests and interest in participating in the symposium, and (3) a supporting letter from the applicant’s adviser, supervisor, or organization official. Award of travel support will depend on the abstract being accepted. Application materials should be submitted to the SCOR Secretariat (secretariat at by the abstract deadline, 1 April 2012. Applicants will receive notice of the outcome of their applications by 31 May 2012.

The Third Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World is convened by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the International Geosphere – Biosphere Programme.

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