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SCAR XXXVI Paper 22: Capacity Building, Education and Training Committee Report

SCAR XXXVI Delegates Meeting, Online, 16-25 March 2021

SCAR XXXVI Paper 22: Capacity Building, Education and Training Committee Report

Agenda Item: 13.1
Person Responsible: M. Ravichandran

Authors: M. Ravichandran (India), Eoghan Griffin (Secretariat)

 

Summary

The CBET Committee has worked to advance SCAR activities in building capacity where possible, and in particular in addressing some of the issues arising from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic through 2020. The annual Fellowships and Visiting Scholar schemes have been reviewed, while issues of diversity and inclusion have also been addressed through the establishment of a scoping group to advise on the best approach.
In partnership with Polar Educators International (PEI), the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) and the International Arctic Scientific Council (IASC), the Polar Resource Book project has been advanced and a website launched to make the materials from the original book freely available.
The SCAR Medals are being reviewed before the launch of the next round in 2021, to be presented at the OSC in Hyderabad in 2022.

Recommendations

Delegates are asked to consider making additional voluntary contributions to the Fellowships and Visiting Scholar schemes to allow extra awards, following the example of India, Korea, Switzerland and France.
Delegates are also asked to authorise development of an Action Group to tackle Equality, Diversity and Inclusion issues, to work with the CBET Committee and to report to the Vice President for CBET.