SCAR supports International Workshop on Ocean Acidification
The Laboratory of Integrative Taxonomy and Microbial Ecology, based in the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata (IISER-K) recently organized an 'International Workshop on Ocean Acidification - Consequences for Marine Ecosystems (IWOA'13)' in Kolkata, India from 20-21 September, 2013.
The workshop was attended by 50 enthusiastic participants, including several early career scientists from countries such as Mauritius, Bangladesh and Thailand. Four invited speakers, who are leaders in the field of ocean acidification research, including polar acidification, namely Richard Bellerby (Norwegian Institute for Water Research), Stephen Widdicombe (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), Bayden Russell (University of Adelaide) and V. Thiyagarajan (University of Hong Kong), delivered a series of lectures and actively interacted with workshop participants.
As part of this workshop, three enthusiastic young scientists, Anant Pande (Wildlife Institute of India), Priyanka Chowdhury (IISER-K) and Gitanjali Katlam (IISER-K) from the Indian Polar Research Network (IPRN) moderated a panel discussion on opportunities in ocean acidification research. The panel members comprised the four invited speakers, plus Punyasloke Bhadury and several questions pertaining to ocean acidification research, funding opportunities for graduate students/early career researchers to work in polar regions and ways to establish collaborative links were clarified by panellists.
The IWOA'13 workshop was financially supported by SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the Science and Engineering Research Board, Govt of India (SERB) and IISER-K. Incidentally, this was the first ocean acidification workshop organized in India and also in South Asia. It is envisaged that, to promote and strengthen ocean acidification research in South Asia, the second IWOA workshop will be organized in 2014.