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SCAR XXXV Paper 39: Capacity Building, Education and Training & Future Plans

SCAR XXXV Delegates Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 25-26 June 2018

SCAR XXXV Paper 39: Capacity Building, Education and Training & Future Plans

Agenda Item: 8.4.

Person Responsible: K. Lochte & E. Griffin


Executive Summary 


Karin Lochte (Germany) and Eoghan Griffin (Secretariat)


Through 2017 and into 2018 the CBET Committee worked on the roles defined and approved at the 2016 Delegates meeting with teams assigned to each role. The Committee has reconstituted its membership, importantly including greater representation from Early Career Scientists in collaboration with APECS.

In collaboration with the Development Council extra funding was successfully solicited to support both the Fellowships and Visiting Professor schemes for 2017.

A new Medal for Education and Communication has been created and the first award will be made at the Polar2018 meetings. SCAR administration of the Tinker-Muse Prize has been renewed for one year, to complete 10 awards of the Prize.


Delegates are asked to note the establishment of a Review of the Visiting Professor scheme, in part to address the low number of female applicants and the high number of applications failing to address the objectives of the scheme. There will be a further round of requests for additional contributions from members to support a greater number of awards within the SCAR CBET activities. Delegates are asked to proactively consider opportunities to assist in this funding.

Summary Budget 2017 to 2020

In 2017 the CBET budget of USD$3,000 was used to support 2 Early Career Scientist attendees at the Polar Educators International (PEI) Workshop in Italy with travel grants of USD$500 each. These were the only representatives from South America and Asia at the meeting. Two awards of USD$1000 each were provided for an Early Career Scientists to attend the Polar Science Communication Workshop in Boulder, Colorado in August 2017 and for travel to the Polar Prediction School in 2018. In 2018 the full budget has been allocated to support Early Career Scientist attendees at Polar2018. For 2019 and 2020 the annual budget will also be allocated to support those requests best meeting the goals of the CBET Committee.