SCAR EXCOM 2011 WP10: Strategic Considerations for SCAR Standing Scientific Groups
Title: Strategic Considerations for SCAR Standing Scientific Groups
Author: M Kennicutt
Introduction: Standing Scientific Groups (SSGs) are SCAR’s most direct connection to the intellectual capacity and scientific expertise needed to realize SCAR’s mission in Antarctic science and policy advice. The SSGs only convene once every two years. To this end, it is essential that the SSGs be engaged in all aspects of SCAR and that mechanisms be put in place to capitalize on opportunities to consult with and receive advice from the scientific communities that SCAR serves. It is vital that the Delegates receive useful and informative advice and recommendations to assist in setting priorities and allocating resources. The SSGs are the “brain trust” that fuels all that SCAR does as an organization.
Important Issues or Factors: Incorporating specific agenda items into the SSG biennial meeting agendas will improve communication between the SSGs and the Delegates and enhance their advisory role. Improving how SSG budgets are developed will allow more timely management of SCAR’s limited assets.
Recommendations/Actions and Justification: Enhancements in SSGs procedures are proposed for adoption prior to the 2012 biennial meetings:
Expected Benefits: Enhanced strategic advice and recommendations from the SSGs will improve Delegate decision-making while facilitating optimal allocation of resources. Improved communication of scientific priorities will assure that SCAR anticipates new directions and emerging issues. Under-spending of allocated funds will decrease resulting in more efficient and timely re-allocation of resources.
Budget Implications: No news funds are requested.