March 2024 OES Beacon

The OES Ambassador Programme for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

Mal Heron, OES Ambassador Programme Coordinator

Our September 7, 2018 Distinguished Lecturer,
Mal Heron, presented an OES Chapter talk on HF Radar in the Next Decade, held at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

In 2023 OES established an Ocean Decade Initiative and a part of that initiative was to set up an Ambassador Programme by calling for proposals from OES members. The call was wide with very little prescription apart from promoting the Decade, which encouraged individuals to be creative and ambitious. A modest allocation of funds was available, again with no prescription apart from the use of common sense and responsible restraint.

Six ambassadors were appointed with mentors from OES, four relating to Ocean Literacy and two focussing on Ocean Technologies (see the following table). The six ambassadors come from Colombia, China, Malaysia and Australia and are listed below with their mentors and project titles. I was delighted to be appointed as the Coordinator of the OES Ambassador Programme.

Ambassador Mentor Project Title
Yang Yang Mandar Chitre

Karl von Ellenreideer

Technology Challenges in the Ocean Decade
Mal Heron Atmanand OES Technologies in the Ocean Decade
Jhon Bermudez Jay Pearlman Ocean Decade Issues in Colombia and Caribbean
Rosmiwati Mohd-Mokhtar Brandy Armstrong Who’s Who in the Decade of Ocean Science
Jixin Liu Sandy Williams Decade of Ocean Science in Qingdao
Yufei Jin Lian Lian Decade of Ocean Science in Shanghai


The programme has been active for about six months in 2023 and will continue into 2024. During the next year (or so) the Ambassadors will provide articles to Beacon about their programmes. The first one is in this issue, so read on…