Christopher Whitt, OES President
It’s hard to believe 2021 is almost over. While it was a different year, it was still a year of much activity for OES.
We were thrilled to see some of you in person at OCEANS 2021 in San Diego. A huge thank-you to both the San Diego and Porto teams for their hard work in organizing a very successful conference! While we still expect the effects of the pandemic to last into 2022, we look forward to conditions safely allowing more in-person meetings. I hope to see you at OCEANS 2022 Chennai in February or at OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads next October.
We are excited about our new partnership with Schmidt Ocean Institute to support our Student Poster Competition at OCEANS, and we look forward to working with SOI for many years to come.
The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (the Ocean Decade) continues to gather momentum among science and technical communities. See the article in the September issue of the Beacon and look for an editorial in an upcoming issue of the Journal. If you are passionate about sustainability, there will be many ways to get involved with OES and the Ocean Decade in 2022.
In addition to sustainability, we also need more volunteers to help with student activities, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). We are working to build on the initial steps of the WIE Pledge that the Society approved in our June AdCom, and to improve EDI in all aspects of Society operations.
Despite a second year of pandemic challenges, the Society has kept our finances positive through very careful reduction in spending. In the meantime, there have been several new Chapters and Student Branch Chapters formed and I look forward to hearing more about your local activities in this and future Beacon issues.
It is my pleasure to recognize Dr. Jay Pearlman, Dr. Andreas Marouchos, and Dr. Michael Lamoureux, who are completing their term on the Society Administrative Committee at the end of December. Thank you all for your service, and I look forward to working with you as continue your volunteering with the Society in other ways.
As we enter the final weeks of 2021, I wish peace and happiness to you and your loved ones and look forward to a healthy and productive 2022.