No. 38 - 2021-06-17: VACO 21 - Virtual seminar series and IAPSO side events

No. 38 - 2021-06-17: VACO 21 - Virtual seminar series and IAPSO side events
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OPEN LETTER TO NC AND EC and other IAPSO Scientists

By Stefania Sparnocchia, IAPSO Secretary General
17 June 2021


 Open Letter

1. Virtual Atmosphere-Cryosphere-Ocean seminar series (VACO-21), 19-23 July 2021 (Final program)
2. IAPSO Award Ceremony: Albert I Medal (Link to registration form)
3. IAPSO ECS session (Preliminary info)
4. Contacting IAPSO

1. Virtual Atmosphere-Cryosphere-Ocean seminar series (VACO-21), 19-23 July 2021

VACO-21 replaces our postponed joint assembly, IAMAS, IACS. See for information and updates.

You can find the scientific program here:, where the detailed calendar, speakers' biographies and abstracts are indicated. The program is organized in 5 days from Monday 19 July to Friday 23 July.

The IAPSO ECS Medals will be presented in the session IAMAS-IACS-IAPSO Early Career Scientist Awards, on Wednesday 21 July, 15:00-17:00 UTC, when the Awardees will present their groundbreaking research and exciting results:

  • Dr. Thomas Wahl: Bigger ships or less flooding? How tidal changes affect flooding along the U.S. coast
  • Dr. Jessica Fitzsimmons: Micronutrient trace metal dynamics in the Arctic Ocean

Registration is free but must be done at this link: Go directly to the "Register" button and fill out the form. You should receive a confirmation email after registering and a link to the seminars by email in early July. The seminars will be hosted on MS Teams Live. It is not necessary to download the Eventbrite or Teams apps to attend the seminars.

If you have problems with registration, please contact

2. IAPSO Award Ceremony: Albert I Medal

The IAPSO Award Ceremony is scheduled on July 19th from 12:00 to 13:30 UTC. In this session the Albert I Medal for 2021 will be awarded to Prof. Carl Wunsch, who will deliver the Albert I Memorial Lecture entitled "Physical Oceanography 1970 and Onwards: Through Outstanding PhD Theses".

Participation in this session is possible by registering at this link:

After registration you will receive a confirmation email. An email with the link to join the ceremony will be sent to your email address 24 hours before the event.

If you have problems with registration, please contact

3. IAPSO ECS session

During VACO-21, the IAPSO Early Career Network will offer a session on Wednesday July 21st at 17:45 UTC, following the IAMAS-IACS-IAPSO Early Career Scientist awardee talks.

The session will be focused on different career paths and challenges early career scientists may face. The session will start with a brief introduction from the chairs of the IAPSO ECS working group, Alejandra Sanchez-Franks and Malin √Ėdalen, followed by our keynote speakers, Julia Gottschalk and Katelin Childers.

Drs. Gottschalk and Childers both have PhDs in marine science but have followed different career paths in academia and industry, respectively. They will share their career stories, talk about obstacles and choices they have faced, and share advice that can be useful along the way. We will finish with a relaxed social event where you get to know your peers.

More information about registration for this event will follow soon.

4. Contacting IAPSO

The Secretary-General is the main point of contact for all matters concerning IAPSO.

Dr. Stefania Sparnocchia
CNR - Istituto di Scienze Marine
Area Science Park - Basovizza - Edificio Q2
Strada Statale 14 - Km. 163.5
I-34149 Trieste, Italy


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