The ECOP Programme (Programme for Early Career Ocean Professionals) started in 2021 and has quickly established itself as being at the heart of the UN Decade of Ocean Science, helping to connect, strengthen and elevate the diverse voices of Early Career Ocean Professionals. We now have a global community of more than 1,500 ECOPs from over 100 countries, with 9 Regional and National Nodes now established (or just about to be officially launched) in Africa, Asia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean region, Central America, Japan, Mexico and United States.
We launched our own webinar series where we have so far talked about establishment of an NGO, blue economy, plans for supporting ECOPs in Africa, and reflections on 2022 in terms of ocean governance updates. You can view the recordings on our YouTube channel. We also release regular articles on our website and are always looking for ECOPs to feature in our ECOP Stories section. Our new YouTube series “ECOP Conversations” showcases the work of ECOPs in a short and informal chat format.
The programme also runs a directory of ECOPs and ocean professions which can be used to search for people in certain locations or fields. Currently, there are 28 people and teams in Scotland (more are listed under the United Kingdom however). Want to have yourself included? Explore here.
Our monthly newsletter includes opportunities such as jobs, internships, training and funding. If you’re looking for a way to engage with the UN Decade of Ocean Science, or perhaps network with other ECOPs in ocean science, then please join us at the ECOP Programme and follow our social media channels:
To learn more and get involved please visit: www.ecopdecade.org and subscribe to our monthly newsletter here. We always welcome your emails with any queries or cooperation ideas or interest to be featured in our ECOP Stories and ECOP Conversations series, and website articles!
The ECOP programme runs the definition of ECOP as those self-identify as being early in their career in any field related to the Ocean, in general, this is being in the first 10 years of their profession.