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POGO Training & Education

Lack of trained personnel is considered to be a major obstacle to development of a global ocean observing system. Therefore, a central element of the POGO agenda is capacity building and training. POGO has developed an extensive array of training and education activities targeted primarily at scientists from developing countries and those with economies in transition.

The Nippon Foundation (NF) is the main sponsor of POGO Capacity Building programmes.  With the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence and the NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans, NF and POGO are investing in young researchers from all over the world by providing a forum for training, networking and exchange.


Together with the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), POGO is providing visiting fellowships for young scientists to go abroad.


Taken together, these initiatives have made, and continue to make, a very solid contribution to building the human capacity to make ocean observations.


Current Training Programmes


NF-POGO Centre of Excellence

In collaboration with the Nippon Foundation, POGO established the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence in Observational Oceanography, now hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research. This is an intensive training course for young professionals at the post-graduate level, ten months in duration, with an intake of ten trainees per year.




NF-POGO Regional Training Programme

​​These intensive training courses are conducted in conjunction with the Centre of Excellence. They take place in a different country every year, and are often hosted by an alumnus of the CofE itself. The 2-3 week long training courses have focused on specific topics delivered by experts in the fields.


NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans

NANO (NF-POGO Alumni Network for Oceans) is a global network of former scholars of NF and POGO programmes on capacity building. The network is organised into regional coalitions such as NANO Africa, NANO Latin America, NANO India and NANO South-East Asia. Within the NANO network, NF and POGO promote joint research activities and training and provide a platform for networking and exchange.




POGO-SCOR Fellowship Programme

In partnership with the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), POGO has developed a Visiting Fellowship programme on Oceanographic
Observations under which young professionals from developing countries can spend up to three months training in their speciality at a major oceanographic institution. This programme has been very successful in providing training for scientists and students from developing countries as well as in developing collaborations between institutes.


Shipboard Training

POGO has been supporting various shipboard trainings over the years. Currently, POGO in partnership with the Nippon Foundation, is supporting several young scientists to take part in the “Floating Summer School”, on the North South Atlantic Transect (NoSoAT) cruise. Since 2008, POGO has offered special Visiting Fellowships for on-board training on the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) cruises. In 2012, a one-off fellowship was funded in partnership with the Porcupine abyssal Plain (PAP) cruise programme, and with the EU project GreenSeas.



Austral Summer Institutes

POGO contributes to funding the Austral Summer Institutes (ASI), a series of lectures which take place at the University of Concepcion in Chile around December-January each year.



POGO contribution for workshop attendance

POGO sponsors young scientists from developing countries to attend scientific workshops adhoc. This is not a open call for travel grants but only applies to workshops specifically selected by POGO. In 2015, a place for Technical Training in Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey Operations at SAHFOS was sponsored as part of a POGO Training Initiative proposal.



Past Training Programmes


Visiting Professorship Programme

​Under this programme, POGO sponsored marine scientists of international standing to teach at marine institutions in the developing world for periods of up to three months. This exposed young scientists, particularly from developing countries, to the best oceanographers world-wide and facilitates the formation of professional contacts, invaluable in the development of their scientific careers. The program started in 2004 and ran until 2014.





UCT Postgraduate Bursary

From 2009 to 2015, POGO offered a Postgraduate Bursary each year to one student from Africa to study for a Masters in Applied Marine Science at the University of Cape Town.




A summary of the POGO Capacity Building activities until 2010 can be found in this presentation.


Training by other Organisations

There are many organisations and institutes that offer training in marine science, whether it is for undergraduate or graduate students or post-doctoral scientists. Here are some resources to help you find training opportunities, and learn more about the capacity building efforts of different organisations. 



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