Current Vacancies on Challenger Council

The Challenger Society for Marine Science Council currently has 2 vacancies to be taken up by September 2023 - please see below for further information. If you are interested in applying for a council role please email with a short statement of interest (1 page of A4 maximum) by June 15th 2023. 

We are looking for volunteers to fill Challenger Society Council roles of Honorary Treasurer and Publications and Website Portfolio. The roles and responsibilities of each portfolio are detailed below.  

The Challenger Society is working towards being a fully equitable and inclusive organisation (see The Society encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented and/or diverse backgrounds. Those in the early stages of their career are encouraged to apply for the roles. The Challenger Society definition of ECR can be found here ( but please note that those in non-research focused roles are also encouraged to apply.
Honorary Treasurer

The Challenger Society is looking for its next Honorary treasurer, to take up the post by September 2023. The treasurer normally serves a 4-year term on the council. If you have any questions about the role please contact Ed Mawji (

The Treasurer's tasks include (but are not necessarily limited to)
-          Organising the annual audit of the CSMS accounts which are then submitted to Companies House and the charity commission.
-          Invoice the CSMS sponsors
-          Liaise with SCOR to organise the payment of the UK annual SCOR fees.
-          Act as one of the Officers of the Society and ensure the Society’s records with the Charity Commission and Companies House are up to date
-          Arrange payment of all awards (Travel awards/Stepping stones etc)
-          Report financial updates to the Challengers Council at the meeting. Present the accounts at AGMs.
-          Arrange the CSMS yearly insurance and make payments associated with Ocean Challenge.
-          Handle the UK Polar Network account, including reimbursements and invoices

Publications and Website Portfolio

The Challenger Society for Marine Science Council is searching for a new Publications and Website Portfolio Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Challenger Society council, which is a great way to expand your network and raise your profile within the Challenger marine science community. The responsibilities within the role are as follows:

•       Update webpages and liaise with co-opted Website Development Lead
•       Upload and circulate Challenger Society publications and news items (Ocean Challenge and Challenger Wave)
•       Upload travel and stepping stones reports
•       Circulate communications to members via our mailing lists

The role will require approximately 1 hour during an average week. Full training will be provided and no specialist knowledge is required for the website or mailing list. If you have any questions regarding the role, please email  


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