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XXXII SCAR Delegates Meeting
23-25 July 2012, Portland Oregon, USA

SCAR XXXII WP26: Capacity Building, Education and Training: Future Plans

Working Paper 26
Agenda Item: 9.5
Posted/Revised: June 23
Person Responsible: Ravindra/ Badhe

Executive Summary

Title: Capacity Building, Education and Training: Future Plans

Authors: D. Eerkes-Medrano, Rasik Ravindra, Renuka Badhe

Relevant URLs or references to other reports (note: links updated from those in report)

pdf Report_27 (314 KB)

Introduction/ Background: SCAR is committed to developing scientific capacity among all the SCAR member countries, assisting students, early career scientists, underrepresented groups and emerging programs to participate in Antarctic research. SCAR promotes and facilitates the incorporation of Antarctic science into all levels of education.

Important activities:  The CBET committee reconstituted from time to time has been actively working on mandated activities. Its main activities are managing SCAR fellowship program, Visiting Professor scheme (if approved for launch in 2012), supporting APECS and assisting the committee on Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  Continued support of both SCAR and CBET activities be encouraged by all SCAR members to achieve the objectives.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes: Increased Capacity in SCAR Member countries, developing Antarctic Programs and early career scientists and students.

Partners: Association of Early Career Scientists, International Arctic Science Committee, International Polar Foundation, ICSU, COMNAP and others.

Budget Implications:

Fellowships = $30,000 a year (supplemented with voluntary contributions)

SCAR Visiting Professor Scheme = $10,000 for 2012 (supported by a voluntary contribution from India)

Early careers scientist support and general = $4,000 - $5,000 a year

SCAR has been successful in obtaining external grants to support CBET activities, e.g. ICSU grants, management of the Martha T. Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica from the Tinker Foundation.