Call for IOCS-2019 Breakout Workshop Chairs

A top-down approach will be adopted for the breakout workshops. The nine general topics listed below have been proposed by the Scientific Planning Committee to address current critical issues in ocean colour science, and to provide feedback to the space agencies.

The IOCCG now invites proposals for Chairs and Co-Chairs to lead and develop the scope of each session which will include scientific talks, group discussions and formulation of key messages. Co-Chairs should consider the desired output of each session which could be a short group report or peer review paper summarizing the session recommendations or needs. This is an excellent opportunity to engage your specific community and discuss new advances in the field. Workshop Chairs and Co-Chairs are also eligible for bonus drink tickets.

Topics for Breakout Workshops for IOCS-2019

  1. Emerging new observational platforms or technologies for ocean colour research (can include lidar, polarimetry, CubeSats, sub-orbital approaches e.g., drones etc.)
  2. Atmospheric correction under complex or extreme conditions/environments
  3. Low cost validation methods and approaches (can include “citizen science”)
  4. Optically-complex and shallow waters (includes coastal and inland waters)
  5. (Phyto)plankton characterisation/retrievals (can include PFTs, HABs as well as higher trophic levels).
  6. Oceans and climate (can include global modelling, polar ecology etc.)
  7. Vicarious calibration and validation protocols (includes uncertainties, in situ data). It is proposed that the two topics (system vicarious calibration and validation) be addressed sequentially to clearly articulate the differences.
  8. High temporal (e.g., GOCI) and spatial resolution research and applications.
  9. Research to operations (R2O) applications – can include NRT forecasting, HABs, water quality, user requirements etc.

Research scientists are invited to submit a brief proposal focusing on one of the above topics, highlighting the scope and goals of the breakout workshop, and the planned structure of the session. Each proposal requires a short abstract plus a list of up to three key questions to be addressed. The anticipated outcome and relevance to the space agencies should also be defined. Each breakout session should include up to three key talks, followed by group discussions centered on the key questions. It is important that the breakout workshops are not completely filled with oral presentations. Rather, a significant amount of time should be set aside for group discussions, as well as a synthesis of the feedback that arises from these discussions. Please include a draft schedule/format for session organization with your submission.

The session Chair will serve as the primary contact and up to two Co-Chairs can also be proposed. In the event that more than one proposal is received for the same topic, the Scientific Planning Committee will review the proposals and may recommend either consolidation, or selection of a particular proposal. Note: Chairs and Co-Chairs should not have their names on more than one proposal.

The deadline for proposal submission is 4 October 2018 via the online submission form below. All proposals for breakout sessions will be reviewed by the Scientific Planning Committee, and applicants will be notified by 1 December 2018 if their session has been accepted.

Breakout Session Chair Responsibilities

Once notified of acceptance of their proposal, breakout workshop Chairs are requested to prepare the full session in advance and confirm all speakers.  Many sessions will be concurrent, so please plan to use the community time effectively.  Chairs should identify a Co-Chair(s) as well as a rapporteur for the proposed session and are responsible for contacting potential speakers for their session and making sure the speakers understand the goals and the logistics of the session ahead of the meeting. In addition, Chairs should compile a list of key questions/scientific focus areas, along with desired outcomes, to steer the dialogue in the intended direction.

Chairs should ensure that the discussions during the breakout workshops lead to a consensus document outlined with the participants.  Each session Chair is expected to give a brief presentation during the IOCS meeting plenary summarising the outcomes of the breakout workshop. Chairs are also expected to provide a short write up (1-2 pages) synthesizing the discussions and highlighting the key messages to be carried forward to the space agencies. These breakout reports will be posted on the meeting website within a week or so of the meeting and will also be incorporated into the full report of the meeting.  As already mentioned, this short summary output of each session could be rolled in a peer review paper or report following the meeting.

Complete the application form below to submit a proposal to Chair one of the nine identified breakout workshops.

Application Form for IOCS-2019 Breakout Workshop Proposals