Working Groups and Commissions

  •  IAPSO Early Career (EC) Scientists Working Group

As one of the leading international associations in ocean physics and chemistry, IAPSO will provide a significant platform for early career scientists to network and integrate into the scientific community. For this purpose, the IAPSO EC has established a Working Group to take it forward identifying three Chairs after a call for nomination sent to National Correspondents in November 2017.

The website, is active for scientists who are interested in the IAPSO Early Career Scientist Network, managed by the Working Group. For becoming a member of the Early Career Network, people can register at the website The ECS Network is also available on Twitter (@iapso_ecs).

Chair: Alejandra Sanchez-Franks, Marine Physics and Ocean Climate, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-ChairMalin Ă–dalen, Department of Meteorology (MISU), Stockholm University, Sweden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1. To form an IAPSO early career network; one that will be open to anyone that self identifies as an early career scientist in physical or chemical sciences of the oceans. Using the IAPSO website and social media, an IAPSO early career network will allow early career scientists to follow IAPSO developments, while also sharing opportunities and experiences.

2. To provide advice from the early career network to the IAPSO executive committee, and to communicate key agenda points resulting from the IAPSO directive back to the IAPSO early career network.

3. To maximize impact and connectivity of the IAPSO early career network by liaising with other national and international networks (e.g. AGU, EGU, IIOE-2, Challenger Society, etc.).

4. To organize early career events at bi-annual IAPSO assemblies that may include mentoring, outreach activities, and maximizing networking between early career scientists and senior researchers. In turn this will increase visibility of the IAPSO bi-annual assemblies to the early career network and optimize attendance.

5. To promote diversity as actively as possible and to create awareness on the associated gaps/challenges and discrimination that currently exist.

Supporting scientists from as early a career stage as possible plays a large contributing role in ensuring progress and success in their careers, as well as ensuring the future advancement of the field.


  1. ECS Update, Presentation of Malin Odalen to the GBM, Montreal July 2019
  2. Newsletters
  •  IAPSO Best Practice Study Groups

Established in 2019, IAPSO Best Practice Study Groups will address an issue that, when resolved, will assist in the conduct of oceanographic research. Often in carrying out research, a choice must be made between options for measuring data, analysing data, processing software, or modelling a system. The reasons for choosing between competing methods are often not well documented and the relative strengths and weaknesses of these routes not published or well known. We expect to fund one of these per year.

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Call for applications for Best Practice Study Groups in the period 2022-2023, deadline  15 November 2021.

Active BP Study Groups