Connecting Early Career Researchers to the Ocean Decade

On the 24th of November 2022, Gail Sant, Ocean Voices Programme Officer attended the launch of The Royal Society’s new Ocean and Marine Science Policy Programme.

Royal Society Launch Event
The Royal Society’s launch of the Ocean and Marine Science Policy Programme.

The event welcomed people from science and policy, academia and government, and formally launched The Royal Society’s new Ocean and Marine Science Policy Programme. Throughout the day-long event, scientists and policy experts spoke about the need to connect the two fields together, and the important role both early career researchers and well-established professionals have in delivering a successful UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (Ocean Decade). 

The launch included two break-out sessions where participants were able to share their ideas about how Early Career Researchers can support policymaking and the Ocean Decade and what opportunities exist to aid their ability to engage with and influence policy. 

Programmes that link science and policy could  help direct the outcome of the Decade to one which harbours supportive, transformative and meaningful impact. Ensuring such outcomes are equitable will depend on the voices that shape the narrative. Ocean Voices stands ready to support science policy conversations as the Ocean Decade progresses. 


Author: Gail Sant