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SCAR XXXV Paper 45: SCAR Secretariat Report

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

SCAR XXXV Paper 45: SCAR Secretariat Report

Agenda Item: 11.2.

Person Responsible: Secretariat


Executive Summary 


Eoghan Griffin, Rosemary Nash


Since the 2016 Delegates meeting, a new appointment has been made to the Executive Director role. Dr Chandrika Nath became ED in June 2018 and is attending Polar2018 and the Delegates Meeting in this capacity. The Executive Committee have approved as additional part time (50%) support position within the Secretariat. The recruitment process will be managed by the new ED.

The Secretariat has been under significant pressure in the build up to Polar2018, considering the workload and staffing level, but has been very grateful for the assistance of the Special Advisors to the President and also to the extra support provided by the short-term assistance of Johanna Grabow in the office.

The SCAR Secretariat has been hosted by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK, since its inception. The agreement is due for renewal in 2019.

The Secretariat staff look forward to working positively with the new Executive Director and the Executive Committee, and welcome the addition of further support in the near future.


Delegates are asked to note the report and accomplishments of the staff in difficult circumstances. Delegates should also note the changes to Secretariat salary scales and staffing levels. The SCAR Archives Project has made significant progress, however it will be evaluated internally before any further requests for Project funding are developed.

Summary Budget 2018 to 2020

The impact of revised Secretariat salary scales, timing of recruitment and related staffing levels are detailed in the Finance Report (SDM49) and statements and budgets (SDM50-54).