How to join

The members of Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean are ocean science, technology and academic institutions from around the world, represented by their Directors. To become a new member, these representatives should contact the CEO of the POGO Secretariat via

The level of membership dues is defined by the institute size and the economic status of the country of the Member.

Membership benefits

By becoming a member of POGO, your institute will be recognised as belonging to the group of the world’s major oceanographic research Institutes, and will actively contribute to developing the global agenda for ocean observing. Benefits at a glance are:

Attending Annual Plenary Meetings

to discuss issues of mutual concern with the Directors of our member oceanographic institutes at our annual meetings

Sharing best practices, infrastructure and data

e.g. through POGO’s Cruise Information Database; best practices in industry engagement and communications

Connecting with global organisations and programmes

such as the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and its Task “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet”

Being represented at major public outreach events

e.g. World Expo, GEO Ministerial Summits, UNFCCC Climate Change Conferences

Enhancing visibility for your institute

e.g. through the POGO website, newsletter and Plenary Meetings

Participating in POGO’s prestigious observational training programmes

​such as the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence or POGO Training Initiatives

Proposing collaborative ocean observing initiatives

by engaging in POGO working groups with other POGO members and apply for contributions to working group funding

What is the cost of POGO membership?

POGO is a subscription-based organisation, with two types of membership:

  • Full membership (dues-paying, voting status, for oceanographic research and academic non-profit institutions)
  • Associate membership (dues-paying, non-voting), for (a) oceanographic research and academic non-profit institutions who cannot be bound by the Constitution) and (b) private, for-profit companies with an interest in ocean observations). Membership dues fall into 21 categories, based on the country where the member institute is located and the size of the member institute.

Step 1. What is the Country Category for my institute?

If your institute is located in one of the countries listed in Table 1, you can check your ‘Country Category’. For countries not listed here, the POGO Secretariat will provide the necessary information based on the latest data from the World Bank. Contact us to find out.

Country CategoryCountries
Least Developed Countries (LDC)e.g. Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Togo
Other Low Income Countries (OLIC)e.g. Syrian Arab Republic
Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC)e.g. Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
Upper Middle Income Countries (UMIC)e.g. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Uruguay, Venezuela
Ae.g. China, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain
Be.g. Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, United Kingdom
Ce.g. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Republic of Korea, Sweden, United States
Table 1.

Step 2. What is the Size Category of my institute?

Calculate your institute’s number of marine science staff (including scientists, technicians, administrative staff; excluding students, volunteers, and ship’s crew) and check the Category in Table 2.

Institute Size CategoryNumber of Marine Staff
1Up to 200
3Over 500
Table 2.

Can several institutes join as a Consortium?

Individual institutions from the same country are permitied to form a consortium if (1) they are located in countries classified ‘A’ or below, and (2) they each comprise fewer than 100 staff (as defined above). The consortia will pay their dues according to the total, combined number of staff.

Step 3. What level of dues will I be required to pay?

Refer to the membership dues in Table 3.

Annual membership dues in EURInstitute Size Category 1Institute Size Category 2Institute Size Category 3
Country Category LDC250400550
Country Category OLIC5008001,100
Country Category LMIC1,0001,6002,200
Country Category UMIC2,0003,1754,325
Country Category A4,0006,3508,650
Country Category B4,6007,5009,800
Country Category C5,2008,65011,000
Table 3.

Introductory rates for low-income countries:

To facilitate the membership of institutions from low-income countries (LDC, OLIC, LMIC and UMIC), the following rates will apply for the first 3 years of membership:

  • LDC, OLIC and LMIC countries: no fee for the first two years, followed by a 50% reduction in membership dues for the third year;
  • UMIC countries: 50% reduction in membership dues for the first two years.

Step 4. How do I apply for membership?

All that is required to apply for membership is a letter providing an overview of the prospective member institute’s activities and its alignment with POGO interests, for review by the POGO Board of Trustees.

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