The International Seabed Authority (ISA) today announced the appointment of the first seven members of the Advisory Panel for its Endowment Fund for Collaborative Marine Scientific Research.

The ISA Endowment Fund was set up to encourage collaborative marine scientific research on the ocean floor beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. The Fund aims to fulfill this mandate: by supporting the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries in research programmes and activities; and by providing these scientists with opportunities to participate in collaborative research initiatives.