Founded in January 1959, the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology (SCSIO) is one of the largest marine research institutes in China, and one of the knowledge innovation institutes under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). There are 481 staff members, including 60 senior researchers, 60 Ph. D. advisers, 6 pluralistic academician and 18 members of the “Hundred Talents Program” under the CAS（three of them are awarded “National Outstanding Young Scientists Grants”）. SCSIO is also a postdoctoral research station, with over 50 postdoctoral research fellows and visiting scientists. In addition, SCSIO offers six M.S. programs and five Ph.D. programs in Marine Biology, Physical Oceanography, Marine Geology，Marine Chemistry and Environmental Science to nearly 300 graduate students.