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Deborah Bronk

Hello TOS members! This month I’d like to discuss self-nominations and suggest that…

If we rely on people in power to nominate candidates, most candidates will look like the people in power.

As a more senior member of the ocean science community, I have nominated a lot of my colleagues for service on boards or committees over the years. Since nominating someone can take a lot of time, I found many of the people I nominated were my close colleagues. They were people I liked and knew well and felt I could vouch for as people and scientists. Looking back, many of the people I nominated looked like me—born in the US, white, middle class. They were people who were trained in major universities and had lots of professional opportunities as students and early career scientists. This is a problem.

If we want to truly diversify our science community, we need our council and committee members to reflect the full spectrum of humanity. We need role models where the next generation see themselves in people in leadership positions. To address this situation—TOS is doing an experiment. We have removed the gate keepers of the process by only considering self-nominations for TOS Council and committee membership. Now we need people brave enough to step forward and put their hat in the ring. If you are willing to give your passion and experience in service to the TOS community, please consider nominating yourself to stand for election for the TOS Council or membership on the TOS Ethics Committee, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, or Honors Selection Committee. It is a wonderful way to build your network, get valuable experience and to serve others.

I’m here to serve, so please reach out to me at [email protected] if you have any concerns or ideas of how TOS can better serve its members and the work they do.


TOS Council and Committees

In the continuing spirit of inviting community involvement, the processes for applying to be a candidate for election to TOS Council as well as for applying to be a TOS Committee member has transitioned completely to a self-nomination process.

In addition to gaining valuable leadership experience through volunteer service, Councilors and Committee members contribute to our community by developing new TOS programs and guiding the ongoing activities of the Society.

Follow the links below for details about responsibilities, expectations, and the review and selection process. Apply for Council candidacy by October 31, 2023 and/or Committee membership by November 30, 2023.

> TOS Council
> TOS Ethics Committee
> TOS JEDI Committee
> TOS Honors Selection Committee

TOS Honors Fellows, Awards, and Medals

In response to suggestions in the Oceanography article Broadening Participation in TOS Through Honors Nominations and Awards, the TOS Council and JEDI Committee collaborated on a careful review of the TOS Honors Program. Changes in response to the review include eliminating the TOS membership requirement in order to be nominated (except for Fellows), revising criteria to invite a broader set of nominees with diverse experiences, and simplifying the nomination process to reduce barriers to participation.

Please take this opportunity to recognize a colleague, mentor, or team for their exceptional achievements and contributions to the ocean sciences.

We encourage you to review all eight opportunities for TOS Honors and submit a nomination by November 15, 2023. Honors recipients will be celebrated during the 2024 Ocean Sciences Meeting.



Registration and housing are now open for OSM24! Take advantage of the early bird registration rates which offer you the lowest prices available and register by January 10, 2024. Housing can be booked at discounted rates until January 24, 2024.


We’re looking forward to convening Ocean Optics XXVI in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, from October 6–11, 2024! The Ocean Optics Conference attracts a diverse audience of active practitioners in this field, including oceanographers, marine ecologists, limnologists, optical engineers, marine resource managers, and policy professionals from around the world.


Ocean Observing Focus Topics

In December 2024, The Oceanography Society plans to publish its third supplement to Oceanography magazine on “Ocean Observing.” The first two supplements are available online and in the Oceanography flipbook kiosk.

As a first step toward the next publication, we are seeking ideas from the community for specific focus topics to cover within the six-theme overall framework. We are also seeking volunteers who would be interested in serving as guest editors for proposed topics. Guest editors are responsible for reviewing the scientific content of five to six two-page contributions within one chapter. This volunteer effort can also be used as a training opportunity for early career scientists, when paired with a more senior guest editor.

Deadline for submission of topic ideas is November 15, 2023

Capacity Sharing Articles

In late 2024, Oceanography is planning to publish a special issue on A Vision for Capacity Sharing in the Ocean Sciences. We are seeking initial letters of interest for short and longer articles for that special issue. Please read more about the special issue and how to submit a letter of interest here: Letters of interest are due by October 15, 2023. Please share the link to the Capacity Sharing page with all who may be interested in the special issue.

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