As part of the preparations for the next SCAR Strategic Plan SCAR is undertaking a structural review. As part of this process we would like you to give your opinion in this (purposefully!) short questionnaire...Note that you only need answer those questions you feel is relevant to you and your organisation. Your feedback is appreciated!
A substantial restructuring of SCAR began following a major review in 2004. The functionality of SCAR after restructuring was reviewed in 2009. Now, in the lead-up to the next SCAR Strategic Plan (2017+), it is timely to assess whether the SCAR structure in practice today is optimal and whether changes can be made to facilitate further improvements.
To that end, the ad hoc committee for a SCAR Structure Review solicits your input via the survey questions below. Please note the final box that asks for additional observations, concerns, and suggestions you may have on the way SCAR operates through the current structure. You only need answer the questions you feel are relevant to you.
At present the scientific business of SCAR is conducted through a number of subsidiary bodies:
Standing Scientific Groups (SSGs) are the long-term units of the SCAR science structure, with tasking that includes:• Initiate, promote, coordinate international science (especially programmes of circumpolar scope and significance)• Provide scientific and technical advice on behalf of SCAR• Maintain linkages with other international science organizations with interests in Antarctic science• Encourage exchange of information, scientific personnel, cooperation among national Antarctic programmes
Scientific Research Programmes (SRPs) are focussed, high priority topical programmes.
The SCAR structure also includes Standing Committees and Action and Expert Groups (AGs and EGs).
The organisation and relationships between these groups is shown graphically on the SCAR website:
Are the procedures to initiate, implement, evaluate, and participate in SCAR SRPs clear and effective?
What would promote more consistent activity levels and participation in Action Groups and Expert Groups, including timely expenditure of allocated funds?