Regional node - Asia

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Introducing ECOP Asia

Since June 2021, ECOP Asia has been established as a regional node of the Global ECOP Programme to connect existing networks of multi-disciplinary ECOPs in Asia, and exchange past experience and current knowledge of the UN Decade Ocean Goals.  ECOP Asia assists in organizing ECOP events (e.g., seminars, workshops) related to the UN Ocean Decade at regional and country levels, and provides useful information about future opportunities (e.g., jobs, scholarships, conferences, programs) for ECOPs in the region. In this way, ECOP Asia promotes regional UN Ocean Decade activities among the current and next generations of ECOPs who have the potential to develop and sustain the “ocean we need for the future we want”.

ECOP Asia plans to develop and sustain a vibrant, engaged, and inclusive regional ECOP community in Asia, conducive to inter-generational dialogues, cross-sectoral partnerships, and transformative ocean solutions.  

ECOP Asia Coordination Unit

ECOP Asia welcomes you to join the network and share your country’s activities and opportunities related to the UN Ocean Decade.

For any questions or enquiries, please contact:

  • Raphaël Roman
  • Email: 

ECOP Asia Highlights

  • A presentation slot at the V.ECOP day (June 1-2, 2021) to introduce the ECOP Asia network and communicate the results of a pan-Asia survey targeting ECOPs (presenter was Yushi Morioka).
  • On World Oceans Day (June 8th), the informal ECOP India network released a video (available through UNESCO on YouTube, see here) showcasing the research and work of a broad variety of students and researchers (ECOPs) across diverse institutions in India, and how these relate/contribute to the UN Ocean Decade outcomes. The video was curated by Sunanda Narayanan (ECOP Asia member from India).
  • One member of ECOP Asia (Pradeep Singh) gave an intervention during a webinar on Ocean Governance in Southeast Asia (organized by the Asian Research Institute for Environmental Law, see recording weblink, from 1:14:40 to 1:22:23). Pradeep invited anyone to join our movement (notably ECOP Asia as the webinar’s audience was most likely primarily composed of individuals based in Asia).
  • Organized and facilitated a Decade Action Incubator Session during the Kickoff Conference for the Western Pacific and its Adjacent Areas (WESTPAC, Nov. 25-26, 2021). It was a session dedicated for ECOPs, offering multi-stakeholder perspectives on the role of science communication in achieving a more transparent, accessible and inspiring ocean (see video recording here and the summary prepared by Hari Vishnu here).
  • Took part in ECOP Japan Symposium: Toward creating an ECOP network in UN Decade of Ocean Science.  On January 18th, the Ocean Policy Research Institute(OPRI) and the Japan Society of Ocean policy (JSOP) co-organized a virtual kick-off symposium for the ECOP community in Japan.  The symposium video is available on the Sasakawa Peace Foundation’s YouTube channel, at the following link for the English version and here for the Japanese one.  A summary report is also available here.
  • Co-sponsored a hands-on training workshop on Next-Generation Sequencing called Peek into Biodiversity and Beyond, March 4-6, 2022 by the Centre of Climate and Environmental Studies, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, India (hybrid event). The ECOP regional node coordinator for Asia, Raphaël Roman was a guest speaker.  He introduced the ECOP Programme and its regional activities in Asia, while providing additional details on how people can join, what they can expect from the ECOP Programme and how they can be further involved in ECOP activities.  A workshop summary, written by Anwesha Ghosh, can be found here.
  • In addition, core members of ECOP Asia (~15-20) have been holding regular monthly meetings to plan and introduce the above-mentioned activities and to also share their respective work and research in the context of the UN Ocean Decade.
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Early Career Ocean Professionals (Asia): a perspective on science communication​

Action Plans

1. Take stock of the ECOP landscape in Asia

Identify active actors and investigate their needs and circumstances:

    • Collate a comprehensive list/database of regional, sub-regional, national and local ECOP initiatives, projects, groups and representatives across the continent,
      • This information will include representation from diverse areas, sectors and knowledge systems (e.g., researchers, practitioners, communicators)
    • Create and share an ‘interactive stakeholder map’ to visualize the geographical extent, clusters and gaps of the current ECOP community, related initiatives, and associated partners in Asia,
    • Co-design and distribute a region-wide survey to all registered ECOPs, complementing and building upon previous surveys,
      • Questions will help identify challenges and barriers faced by ECOPs across the region, assess their interest in particular training and workshop categories, and gauge their level of awareness and involvement in UN Ocean Decade Actions, activities, and programs.

2. Liaise and cross-pollinate: Establish a “network of networks”

Cross-sectoral partnerships and multi-stakeholder engagement are necessary to support a well-integrated and inclusive regional ECOP network in Asia.

    • Initiate dialogues and brainstorm ideas about the function, role, and structure of the ECOP Asia node and how key sub-regional and national initiatives can contribute and engage in the process,
    • Continually and actively explore new sub-networks and establish connections with strategic partners across different areas and sectors,
    • Explore the opportunity to organize and facilitate a virtual region-wide ECOP forum, striving for generationally, geographically, and sectorally diverse speakers and participants (private sector, NGOs, government representatives, academics, etc.)

3. Leverage opportunities for ECOPs in Asia

Sustaining a regional ECOP community and retaining members’ interest and engagement over the longer term will require welcoming, beneficial, and accessible communication platforms.

    • Global ECOP Slack, the ECOP programme website, and the Global Stakeholder Forum can offer dedicated spaces for ECOPs across Asia to meet, find collaborators and mentors, and receive regular updates on a variety of resources (e.g., news, training workshops, events, internships, jobs and UNDOS-related activities),
      • Organize, advertise and co-manage Asia-specific channels, pages and/or forums,
      • Explore the option to produce and distribute a monthly regional ECOP newsletter, which will offer a digest of the most recent UN Ocean Decade updates and ocean-related research, activities, events and job opportunities, among other things,
      • Communicate in English and in other official languages.
    • Catalyze and support ECOPs career development and engagement during the UN Ocean Decade by providing opportunities to:
      • Join and actively participate in regionally endorsed Decade Actions and related activities,
      • Take on leadership roles in national ocean decade committees and other decision-making bodies,
      • Attend valuable training workshops,
      • Receive mentorship from experienced and late-career professionals.

Future Opportunities (Conferences, symposia, scholarships, jobs)

PICES Working Group 49 Recruitment: Climate Extremes and Coastal Impacts in the Pacific

  • Category: Voluntary Position
  • Deadline: ASAP
  • Targeted applicants: based in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea
  • Contact: Raphaël Roman asia[AT]ecopdecade[DOT]org

4th ICES/PICES Early Career Scientist Conference

  • Category: Conference
  • Date: 9-12 May 2022
  • Place: Canada
  • Language: English

Regional Representative for Southeast Asia

Ocean AUV Conference 2022

  • Category: Conference
  • Date: 19-21 Sep 2022
  • Place: Singapore
  • Language: English

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