Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs)

Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) are regularly entrusted to perform highly demanding tasks in all sectors of society. From the development of cutting edge research and technology, to the implementation of policies, ECOP are a driving force of society. There is, however, a need to provide opportunities for ECOP to advance their careers and explore alternative career paths. This is a role that MTS is ready to take on as the leading international community of ocean scientists and engineers, practitioners, policy makers and educators. As a society, we are well positioned to provide opportunities to our ECOP members in various aspects of capacity development, networking and career advancement.

Mission of the MTS ECOP Section

MTS provides opportunities for its ECOP community to further advance their career through capacity development, training, and networking opportunities.


The Marine Technology Society contributes to the recognition of intergenerational diversity as a core need of marine research, engineering, business and policy making. Through our programs, we prepare our ECOP membership to position themselves as thoughtful leaders, trusted collaborators, and professionals.


  • Provide accessible opportunities for ECOP members to develop new technical, social and leadership skills
  • Create opportunities for ECOP to have meaningful engagements with senior members of MTS that can result in long-lasting mentoring relationships
  • Open career paths for ECOP members that want to explore alternative careers or further advance in their current track
  • Position MTS as a key partner to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development by bringing ECOP scientific and technological expertise that can be applied to achieve the Decade’s societal goals

For more information about membership, or if you want help signing up for membership, contact the membership team at [email protected] or call 202-827-7176.

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ECOP Section

Attend An Event

Learn, share research, see the latest technology, and connect with top professionals in the marine technology sector. Search the events calendar. LEARN MORE

Meet ECOPs Members 

Hear the stories of two ECOPs members, and learn about their MTS membership experience. LEARN MORE

Stay Informed

Stay up to date on what’s going on in the world of marine technology through the peer-reviewed MTS Journal, Currents, and news and feature stories on our website. LEARN MORE

Get Published

Share your research. Submit an article to the international, peer-reviewed, Marine Technology Society Journal. LEARN MORE

Get Recognized

MTS recognizes the best professionals in marine technology. Nominate an leader in the field for one of the prestigious awards. LEARN MORE

Join a Committee

Connect with others who share your professional interests. Join as many MTS committees as you want, for free, as part of your membership. Collaborate on events, workshops, technical sessions, special issues of the MTS Journal, and more. LEARN MORE

Join A Section

Join a local MTS Section, for free, as part of your membership. Each section is managed locally and creates its own programming tailored to the group. Look for a Section near you or consider starting one. LEARN MORE

ECOPs have access to a special ECOP Section, beginning in 2021. This special Section will focus on the unique career building and networking needs of early career professionals. The Section is new - but is growing fast! You can join the Section when you join MTS - or to update your Section membership, view your profile or contact our office for assistance. 

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