SOOS - Swedish Southern Ocean Network


The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat has partnered with SOOS in a three-year partnership from 2020 to 2022 to develop a network of researchers, policy and industry members with an interest in the Southern Ocean. This coincides with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) chair position moving to Sweden for 2021-2022.

Sweden has had a presence in Southern Ocean research since Otto Nordenskjöld’s Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-1903), and today Sweden supports a strong presence in international Southern Ocean field campaigns, programs and organisations. Swedish Southern Ocean research is at the forefront of development for autonomous platforms and mobile platforms for data collection in the Southern Ocean. In particular, Sweden’s 8m autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) was one of the first AUV’s to be used to investigate under floating ice-shelves and glaciers in Antarctica, and its glider program has grown significantly.
This network will build a strong national Southern Ocean community, to enhance knowledge sharing, collaborative efforts, knowledge of funding opportunities; as well as provide enhanced opportunities for Swedish involvement in international Southern Ocean initiatives and efforts. The network will be built up through a combination of regular newsletters and a biannual Swedish Southern Ocean science symposium (starting spring 2021). This network is open to all disciplines, research areas and those working in the Arctic with an Antarctic interest.

You are invited to join the SOOS-Swedish Polar Network below. For more information on the network, see the network advertisement here.

Early Career Researcher position is now open for the SOOS-Swedish Polar Network.
SOOS is looking for an early career researcher or professional (ECR) to help lead the SOOS-Swedish Southern Ocean Network. This leadership position will be in support of the two Co-Chairs of the network, Assoc. Prof Thomas Dahlgren and Assoc. Prof Sebastiaan Swart.

The successful applicant will have an understanding of observational research of the Southern Ocean and be based in Sweden. The ECR representative will assist in organising network meetings and events, be responsible for assisting network communications and reporting, and will be an important link in liaising between the Swedish Southern Ocean ECR community and SOOS. We are interested in receiving applications from any disciplines and institutions based in Sweden.
For specific questions on this position, please contact Alyce Hancock (
The position will be for 2 years and non-salaried, but there will be a level of reimbursement for attending one meeting if the network holds a meeting during your term. To apply, you need to meet the following criteria:
  • early career researcher (up to 5 years past PhD)
  • have a background in, or relevant to, Southern Ocean observations
How to apply?
Please send the following information to
  • your CV
  • Statement of Interest (max one page), including your research background, 
  • your motivation in joining the network, 
  • and your thoughts on how you can contribute to the network and how this would benefit your career

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Photo: Sebastiaan Swart
The aims of this network are:

1. Enhance engagement and connection within the Swedish Southern Ocean community
2. Provide enhanced opportunities for Swedish researchers to network and engage internationally
3. Provide avenues for enhanced visibility and impact of Swedish Southern Ocean data and products
Last modified: 10/June/2022/JB