SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015

Sep 7-11, 2015 Kiel, Germany
The SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015 was held in Kiel, Germany 7 - 11 September 2015 at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel bringing together over 260 scientists from 35 countries to learn and discuss about the latest developments on biogeochemical-physical air-sea interactions and processes. During plenary talks, discussion sessions and poster presentations participants were able to learn and exchange about cutting edge research in the field and present their own findings.

On Monday 7thSeptember special site events took place as part of the SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015. An all-day meeting of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) and the Surface Ocean pCO2 Mapping Intercomparison (SOCOM)community was attended by around 50 scientist with the highlight of launching the SOCAT version 3. For her dedicated work with SOCAR Dorothee Bakker received a reward during the conference banquet.

The German contribution to SOLAS, the Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene (SOPRAN) project also had its final meeting and published a brochure containing important scientific highlights of the last 9 years.

To strengthen the SOLAS commitment towards capacity building the workshop `The ABC of presenting: Audience-friendly, Brief and Clear` for early career scientist was organized. This workshop was held over two days and helped the early career scientist to further develop their presentations skills.

On the last day of the conference a small `Nordic SOLAS` meeting took place to introduce the visions of Swedish SOLAS and discuss an expansion of the network to include scientists from all Nordic countries.
We also congratulate the winners of the student poster competition Panassa Essowe, Leonie Esters, Margaux Gourdal, Sinnika Lennartz, Mingshuang Sun, Precious Mongwe, Camille Richon, Tianfeng Guo and Alex Zavarsky.

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PICES 2014 Annual meeting 'Toward a better understanding of the North Pacific: Reflecting on the past and steering for the future'

Oct 1-26, 2014 Yeosu, Korea
SOLAS workshop on `SOLAS into the Future: Designing the next phase of the Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study within the context of the Future Earth Program` conveners: Lisa Miller & Yukihiro.


Swedish - SOLAS Science Symposium

August 27-28, 2014 Gothenburg, Sweden
A Swedish-SOLAS Open Science Symposium will be held 27-28 Aug 2014 in Gothenburg,Sweden. Both established and young researchers from Swedish institutions/universities carrying out SOLAS-related science are very welcome to join this event. Registration is required but free of charge. Symposium Website

SOLAS Symposium Day 2014

June 19, 2014 Rehovot, Israel
A SOLAS symposium took place on the 19 June 2014 in Israel in the Lopatie Conference Centre at the Weizmann Institute of Science. It was aimed at interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, insights, and knowledge, between scientists whose work deals with SOLAS related processes. In total 19 talks were given on a broad range of SOLAS topics and the day ended with a poster session. The symposium also marked the beginning of the national network of SOLAS Israel. Symposium Website


SOLAS at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014

February 23-28, 2014 Honolulu, USA
SOLAS had a strong presence at the 17th Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014. Many sessions during the meeting discussed SOLAS related topics such as for example #005 Air-Sea Gas Exchange and #043 Biogenic Trace Gases In the Surface Ocean: From Source to Flux. One session was also specifically dedicated to SOLAS, the #064 Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS): Advances and Impacts of Ocean Derived Aerosols and  Atmospheric Nutrient Inputs. David Kieber and Bill Miller, former members of the SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee, led this session. During the poster sessions a large number of SOLAS related posters were presented, including one by the SOLAS International Project Office (IPO), which described the goals and functions of the international research initiative that SOLAS is. For the first time SOLAS was present at a booth during a conference. The booth was placed in the exhibition hall of the Ocean Sciences Meeting along with other projects and companies. The booth and SOLAS ́s participation in it was made possible by the support of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).


Future SOLAS Workshop

Jan 9-10, 2013 Galway, Ireland
On 9-10 January, Brian Ward from the National University of Ireland in Galway with support of the SOLAS International Project Office hosted a successful workshop. Current and former SOLAS Scientific Committee members, early career scientist and IPO staff met to further develop and plan SOLAS in its next phase. Special interest was taken in considering the outcome of the community consultation that took place during the last couple of months in 2013 and the input of the highly constructive early career scientist workshop that took place in early December of last year. Major steps have been accomplished in the layout of Future SOLAS in the context of the current SOLAS scientific sponsors and the Future Earth initiative. A document describing the next phase of SOLAS is well underway, an advanced draft is expected to be ready in late spring/early summer 2014.


Future SOLAS early career scientist workshop

Dec 3-5, 2013 Plymouth, UK
Dr. Tom Bell from the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) hosted a very successful workshop to brainstorm on the scientific scope of Future SOLAS. Thirteen bright and highly motivated SOLAS early career scientists from around the world, many of them SOLAS Summer School alumni (< 10 years after PhD), met and constructively brainstormed about the next 10 years of SOLAS. To help place Future SOLAS in the context of the Future Earth initiative, two socio-economists from PML were invited to join them. Together the group defined what ecosystem services mean in terms of Future SOLAS science and identified where the natural and social sciences can work together. The recommendations and outcome of this workshop will feed into a document describing the next phase of SOLAS.
Download a full report about the workshop by Sarah Lawson **here**

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Swedish Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study Workshop

Nov 18-19, 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
About 25 SOLAS scientists from Swedish Institutions met at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Three SOLAS Scientific Steering Committee members and three representatives of Swedish funding agencies joined them to discuss on how to enhance the engagement of Swedish researchers in SOLAS, in particular in the context of the Future Earth initiative. The participants successfully established a matrix mapping Swedish capacity in relation to the SOLAS broad scientific scope and a list of current members of the Swedish network. They are currently working on providing a complete annual report to SOLAS and setting up collaborations. They also discussed options about having such a workshop annually. This successful workshop was initiated, organised and supported by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS).


PICES 2013 Annual meeting 'Communicating forecasts, uncertainty and consequences of ecosystem change'

Oct 11-20, 2013 Nanaimo, BC, Canada, http://www.pices.int/
SOLAS co-sponsored the Topic session S4 on The changing carbon cycle of North Pacific continental shelves and marginal seas


SOLAS Summer School 2013

The latest SOLAS Summer School took place in Xiamen, China, from 23 Aug to 2 Sept 2013.

School materials available:

Poster presentation winners 2013:

  • Shlomit Sharoni
  • Hilary Palevsky
  • Young-Shin Kwon
  • Meri Eichner

Best oral presentations 2013 (voted by lecturers):

  • Eva Mayol
  • Natalie Freeman
  • Niel Clark

Best oral presentations 2013 (voted by students):

  • Jana Schneider
  • Marie Philibert
  • Shlomit Sharoni

SOLAS Summer School 2013


PICES Summer School 2013 on Ocean observing systems and ecosystem monitoring

Aug 19-23, Newport, USA
SOLAS is a co-sponsor

SOLAS/IMBER Ocean Acidification Annual meeting 2013

May, Monaco
SOLAS is a co-sponsor


Workshop on 'Towards an integrative regional coupling in the EBUS'

26-27 Nov 2012, Lima, Peru, more here


Workshop on 'the role of marine gel for the emission of primary organic aerosols from the ocean'

11-13 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany, more here


Workshop on 'HitT- Climate impact of seasalt-derived Cl atoms'

17-19 Dec 2012, Kiel, Germany, more here


SOLAS Open Science Conference 2012

The last SOLAS Open Science Conference took place in Cle Elum, Washington State, USA from 7 to 10 May 2012. The conference was hosted by the local organising committee comprising of David Kieber (USA), Lisa Miller (Canada) and Trish Quinn (USA).
It was attended by over 200 people from 28 countries, including 51 students.

Conference materials and following up reports available below:


- last update September 2015-