ASLO is pleased to announce a new NSF-funded initiative: the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. As all ASLO members are keenly aware, water bodies often span multiple political boundaries, so international collaboration in the aquatic sciences is a must. However, formal training to prepare the next generation of scientists for such activities is not widely available. The LOREX program aims to fill that gap.
The ASLO LOREX program will help foster international research collaborations through professional development training open to all ASLO student and early career members,andthrough paid research exchange opportunitiesfor select graduate students. Professional development training will occur through webinars, web-based resources, and conference workshops. The paid international exchanges will allow up to 30 U.S.-based graduate students per year to travel to one of the six host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israel and Sweden to conduct collaborative aquatic science research. These sites represent diverse settings for research ─ from costal to open ocean, tropics to high latitudes saline, and brackish and fresh waters.
The LOREX program is funded by the National Science Foundation. Principal Investigators on the project are: Adina Paytan (University of California Santa Cruz) and Linda Duguay, Mike Pace and Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO). “Challenges in aquatic sciences are increasingly global in nature and require international collaborations, thus it is timely and important to provide graduate students with the tool-box that will enable them to develop productive collaborations to address these challenges. The LOREX program is a logical next step for ASLO, building upon a decade of emphasis on improving science communication and furthering ASLO’s international engagement. LOREX combines these strategic goals with ASLO’s commitment to providing training for the next generation of aquatic science researchers. By engaging professionals in the social sciences and business world who research effective collaboration with ASLO members who have decades of experience in building and maintaining international collaboration, we believe the community training opportunities included in this new program will help the aquatic science community advance even further in the realm of international research collaboration,” noted the project PI’s in a joint statement.
More information about the program has been posted at https://aslo.org/page/lorex. Information about each of the six exchanges sites, as well as basic information about the application process, is available. More detailed information about the application process will be posted when the application period opens in early September. Interested students are encouraged to review the information about the six host institutions and their faculty in advance of the application period opening.