Dr Véronique GARCON is ex officio Chair of the Scientific Committee of the SOLAS (Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study) project (SCOR, ICACGP, WCRP, Future Earth). She graduated from University of Paris VII in Environmental Sciences (Energy and Pollutions) in 1981 and then became a post-doc fellow at MIT (Cambridge, USA) from 1982-1985. Recruited as an Early Career scientist at CNRS in 1985, she worked at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris then moved to Toulouse with a sabbatical stay at Princeton University in 1995-1996. Her research themes within the group SYSCO2 for Complex Coupled Systems at LEGOS aim towards understanding and quantifying processes governing fluxes of carbon, oxygen and associated biogeochemical elements in the ocean, using in situ tracers observations, remotely sensed data, coupled physical biogeochemical modeling and data assimilation technics. She is also deeply involved in oceanic biogeochemical climatic monitoring via electrochemical sensors development. She served in the JGOFS SSC, member of the French IFREMER Scientific Committee for 10 years, and in many national (CNRS, National Navy,..), European (ESF, EC, EGU, ERC,..) and international scientific instances (IOCCP-BGC panel). She has been the 2017 recipient of the IOC-UNESCO Anton Brunn Medal.