Capacity Building

Attributes of successful capacity building involve resources, the need for trust/personal relations, an understanding of the cultural environment and social reward structure and, most important, continuity through long-term commitments. These challenges are greater than the RCN can address from an integrated perspective. The RCN will address key leverage areas for emerging ocean scientists and young professionals, such as access to international networks, opportunities for being mentored, training in leadership and building of peer communities.

For example, to allow for broad participation in the network, a telephone/webex meeting will be held every three months so that travel limitations do not preclude young professionals from active participation. Where there are specific subjects in the quarterly meetings, the RCN will encourage mentoring of young scientists to take a role of topic leads. This will have a positive and near term impact on them.

The RCN will also focus on capacity building through working with GEO, IODE and others to identify and recommend individuals for training under existing national and international programs. This will involve identifying specific international exchange and training opportunities, knowledge of available resources and identification of promising student and young professions. Along these lines, the network will reach out to existing programs such as the ASLO Multicultural Program, or advising on the creation of SCOR working groups or leveraging individual university sandwich programs and more general programs such as the European Erasmus Mundis. There will be an emphasis on young scientists, including those from under-represented groups or regions. Senior professions of the network have offered to be points of contact for these network activities. Prof Ben Cuker of Hampton University, Prof Jorge Corredor of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez and Prof Dawn Wright of Oregon State University will be the focal points in the RCN for under-represented groups. The Steering Committee and the RCN Senior Investigators have existing networks that will be engaged. For example, the CZCP will participate in the mentoring of young scientists who have a special interest in coastal zone-related studies and applications. The framework of the RCN will ensure that these scientists understand and appreciate the importance of ocean and coastal observations.