Thursday, 28 July 2011

BODC awarded prestigious medals

The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) is proud to announce that the prestigious UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal has been awarded to
  • Dr Lesley Rickards — Deputy Director of BODC and Director of the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL)
  • Dr Meirion Jones — former Director of BODC
  • Dr Nicholas Flemming — former Head of the Marine Information and Advisory Service (MIAS) — from which BODC was born — and ex-Director of EuroGOOS, the European Global Ocean Observing System
The IOC 50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal ©

The IOC, which held its first assembly in 1961, was set up "to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement, management, sustainable development and protection of the marine environment and the decision making process of its Member States."

Medals were awarded, as part of the IOC 50th Anniversary celebrations, to those deemed to have made a substantial contribution to the work of IOC. In its citation, IOC says that recipients "...are decorated for their exemplary dedication to the IOC, for their devotion to the IOC mission and for their continuing support to IOC activities."

Altogether, 43 individuals selected by the Medal Nomination Committee, based on Member States and committee members recommendations, were presented with medals during the 50th Anniversary Closing Ceremony on 22 June 2011. Prof. Philip Woodworth (National Oceanography Centre and former Director PSMSL) and Dr Harry Dooley (former International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Oceanographer and leader of joint ICES-IODE data management activities) were other medal recipients from the UK.

More information and biographies of all medal recipients is available from the IOC web site.

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