University of British Columbia researchers today launched a $13-million, nine-year research program...
The Nereus program has been designed as a cooperative initiative of the Nippon Foundation and the University of British Columbia.
The program operation will be led from UBC where Professor Villy Christensen as Nereus Program Director will be in charge of the research, capacity building, and international networking.
The implementation and strategic design of the Nereus Program is the responsibility of the Steering Committee, for which Professor Daniel Pauly will serve as the chair. The Steering Committee will further consists of one or more representatives from the Nippon Foundation, the Principal Investigators from each of the network partner institutions, and the Nereus Program Director and Co-Director.
The Steering Committee will provide strategic directions for the activity, be central to the public dissemination of the research, and will oversee the budget allocation between the network partners.
An Advisory Panel, consisting of 3-4 distinguished international scientists, one of which will be Dr Philippe Cury from IRD, France, will be established by the Nippon Foundation based on recommendations from the program planning group during the planning and preparation phase of the program. The planning group, which will guide the program during its first year of operation, will include the Steering Committee Chair and the Nippon Foundation member, the Program Director, and the Co-Director. Nominations to the Advisory Panel will be for a four-year period with possibility of extension based on recommendation to the Nippon Foundation from the Steering Committee. The Advisory Panel will receive regular reports about the program progress, including of all reports, publications, and press releases. It will meet every other year in connection with the Steering Committee meetings.