NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography


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The Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence (NF-POGO CofE) provides world class education and training courses in the field of observational oceanography.


From 2008 to 2012, the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) hosted Phase I of the NF-POGO CofE annually for four years. The Centre offered a 10-month programme of study to 10 students every year. Information on past cohorts of scholars who attended the Centre of Excellence can be accessed by following the links in the left-hand menu.


Starting from 2013, Phase II of the Nippon Foundation-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany's foremost polar and marine research institution. Ten scholars per year will be trained at the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at AWI in integrated, multi-disciplinary oceanography. Scholars will receive ten months of training to include one month of formal introductory training, followed by more detailed courses on core skills and specialised scientific topics such as modelling, remote sensing, ocean-atmosphere interactions as well as training in instrumentation, sample collection and analytical protocols. They will also conduct an independent research project during the programme.


The Centre of Excellence will be conducted at AWI’s site on the offshore island of Helgoland with focus on open-ocean sciences and also at AWI’s site on the UNESCO reserve Waddensea island of Sylt where shelf/basin interactions are topics of study.


Applications are invited from trainees from emerging and developed countries. Priority will be given to young researchers near the outset of their careers. The intention is to help develop a core group of researchers who will continue to study the marine ecosytems in developing countries well into the future, and who will also help train the next generation of scientist

Applications for next year's training (2016-17) is now closed. The last Application details can be found here.




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The NF-POGO CofE at AWI is seen as the beginning of a long-term, sustained effort at capacity building in observational oceanography on a global scale. The activities of the trainees will be monitored for some years after the completion of the course. It is also anticipated that the strongest participants will have further opportunities for advanced training and scientific exchange with POGO member institutions in other locations around the world. Participants will be expected to join NANO, the NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans. NANO provides many networking, education, and research activities for its members. It is expected that the legacy of the NF-POGO CofE will endure far into the future.


In addition, the NF-POGO CofE at AWI offers a Regional Training Programme. For the 2014-15 programme, the Regional Training Programme took place between 19 January-6 February2015, on the topic of "Phytoplankton bio-optical variability". The training programme took place at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. Details on the past training programmes can be seen here.



A video created by past NF-POGO Centre of Excellence scholars can be watched below:



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