Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association

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The Western Indian Ocean Early Career Scientists Network (WIO-ECSN) is an initiative to promote scientific research through fostering strong regional ties among early career scientists and representing their collective scientific interests at an international level. The main purpose of the WIO-ECSN is to communicate research priorities from the views of early career scientists to the scientific leadership of the WIO region, as well as to provide a platform for facilitating interdisciplinary and regional research collaborations.

The WIO-ECSN provides facilitation to regional programmes to contribute to the development skills and knowledge with future generations of interdisciplinary marine scientists to shape research in the WIO region. The legacy of the WIO-ECSN will enable to bring together the early career scientists in the region, where they will be able to share their research and knowledge of marine science across multiple disciplines of the WIO, and to promote local and regional exchange.

The network comprises of nine member states namely: Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania. The network has elected a committee to manage and coordinate the activities of the network. The WIO ECSN core objective facilitate and communicate research priorities as a voice from early career scientists and strive.