Mário Ruivo Memorial Lecture: Early Career Ocean Professionals invited to pay tribute to Professor Ruivo through their outstanding projects

Are you an Early Career Ocean Professional?

Apply now to the inaugural Professor Mário Ruivo Memorial Lecture

Travel and accommodation will be sponsored for the winning applicant to present her/his research at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, in front of Governments, partners and stakeholders at the 32nd Session of the IOC/UNESCO Assembly (June 2023). This new opportunity for ECOPs will be available every two years.

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), Portugal and EurOcean Foundation are inviting early career ocean professionals (ECOPs) to apply to the newly launched Mario Ruivo Memorial Lecture Series.

The Memorial Lecture Series pays tribute to the legacy of Professor Mário Ruivo, former Executive Secretary of the IOC/UNESCO, and Portugal’s greatest champion of ocean science and its contribution to sustainable development.

Endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, this initiative intends to stimulate and recognise ECOPs who are contributing in a substantive way to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14, ‘Life below water’, and to the vision and mission  of the Ocean Decade.

Professor Mário Ruivo’s inspiring work and lifelong commitment to ocean science and sustainability, and his foundational contributions to the development of the IOC/UNESCO will be honored through the lecture on the winning project that will be given by the distinguished early career ocean professional during the IOC Assembly in June 2023. It will be the first lecture of this new biennial series.

Empowering the new generations of early career ocean professionals and their projects is key to ensure we can co-design and co-deliver “the ocean we want” in the framework of the Ocean Decade.

Submissions of applications are open to projects developed and led by an ECOP up to 40 years of age before 13 February 2023 (submission deadline), as the principal investigator (PI) or as a co-PI.

More information on how to apply for the Mário Ruivo Memorial Lecture is available here.

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