Early Career Ocean Professionals (Asia): a perspective on science communication

Ocean science, or science in general, is often noted to be beyond the reach of people from the non-scientific community.

Changing this status quo is paramount. If the ocean and all the things about it including its rich marine life, is better understood and appreciated by various stakeholders such as decision/policymakers, fisherfolks, local communities, young people, concerned authorities and businesses, they could see the benefits of supporting ocean research further, and may be more willing to come forth to help contribute in this endeavour to save our ocean.

How can this be changed so that we can achieve a more transparent and accessible ocean where the information, know-how and data are easily and clearly available to the larger community? How can we create a more Inspiring Ocean that invites more stakeholders to participate in its exploration and revitalisation? Science communication has a key part to play here.

This incubator will offer a perspective of the Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Asia network on the role of Science communication in achieving this. It aims to involve stakeholders from multiple disciplines including but not limited to science researchers, government agencies, private sector, students and science communicators who are interested in the Western Pacific and its adjacent region.


Lin Wang

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nobuko Nakamura


Hui Zhou

Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Minkyoung Kim

Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea

Jani Tanzil

Deputy Facility Director
St. Johns Island National Marine Laboratory, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore

Clement Yow Mulalap

Adviser, Permanent Mission of the Federated States of Micronesia to the United Nations

Intan Suci Nurhati

Research Center for Oceanography, the National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

Raphael Roman

Iwate University, Japan

Sunanda Narayanan

IIT Kharagpur, India

Pradeep Singh


26 November 2021


(UTC+7, Bangkok time)

Karina Higa

Ethnobiologist and Educator, Women4Oceans

Hari Vishnu

Acoustic Research Laboratory, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yushi Morioka



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