In July 2022, the OBPS launched its Ambassador Programme under its Ocean Practices for the Decade Programme. The Ocean Practices early career Ambassador Programme is a multi-year programme to increase awareness and identify issues and priorities in adapting, implementing, and developing best practices in the ocean science observing community at large. Our five new OBPS Ambassadors, from Canada, India, Italy, Lebanon, and Namibia, play an important role in advocating and promoting the role and relevance of ocean best practices to their peers, their networks, and their regional community. This will strengthen regional capabilities and foster community building.
Our Ambassadors are also an OBPS sounding board to early career researchers around the world, ensuring that the voices and ideas of early career researchers are reflected in our activities and objectives. This programme will thus also help shape the Ocean Practices programme and support the Ocean Decade actions more broadly. The OBPS will continue to be tailored towards the needs of a more diverse ocean practitioner community (see Pearlman et al. 2021). Through this initiative, we connect regions and generations to support sustainable development and scientific exploration of the oceans.
Introducing our early career Ocean Practices Ambassadors:
- Josephine Edwards, Lady Marine Consultancy Firm (Founder), Namibia
- Laura Khatib, Guardians of the Blue (Co-founder), Lebanon
- Sundar Ranganathan, Ocean Observation Systems, NIOT, India
- Talen Rimmer, University of Victoria, Canada
- Carlotta Santolini, IUSS Pavia University of Applied Sciences, Italy
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