The ECORD Council is the funding entity, which coordinates a common ECORD approach to IODP policy with membership from 15 members14 from European countries (Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and Canada. Membership of ECORD Council is defined in terms of signatories to the ECORD Memorandum 2013.

ECORD Membership

The ECORD Council is the assembly of all ECORD member countries represented with one Delegate (table below). The Chair and Vice-chair positions are held for a period of one year. The Council Core Group consists of the Chair, the Vice-chair and three additional Council Delegates, and is part of the ECORD Executive Bureau. The three major ECORD contributors (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) automatically belong to the Council Core Group.
The ECORD Council meets twice a year in spring and jointly with ESSAC in October/November (>> reports). EMA, ESO and ESSAC are represented by their respective Director and Chairs at each Council meeting.

ECORD Council Tasks and Interactions

  • Implementing ECORD as an integrative part of IODP;
  • Structuring of ECORD – definition of the tasks and responsibilities of its entities;
  • Approving the nominations of ECORD members on IODP Advisory Panels, of the Chairs of ESSAC, EFB and ECORD ILP;
  • Selecting and oversighting of EMA and ESO;
  • Securing sufficient funding for IODP and MSPs;
  • Deciding to conduct independant reviews of ECORD.

The ECORD Council is represented by the ECORD Council Chair and the EMA Director at the IODP Forum.

ECORD Council  Delegates & Alternates


Delegate / Alternate

Funding Agency

Austria Bernhard Plunger ÖAW
Canada Dominique Weis / John Jamieson NSERC
Denmark Katinka Stenbjoern / Lars Christensen FNU
Finland Minna Räisänen AF
France (Core Group) Eric Humler INSU-CNRS
Germany (Chair) Guido Lüniger / Ismene Seeberg-Elverfeldt DFG
Ireland Koen Verbruggen / Xavier Monteys GSI
Italy (Core group) Marco Sacchi / Laura de Santis CNR
Netherlands (Core group) Bernard Westerop / Marc de Jonge NWO
Norway Markus Engelhardt / Heidi Roggen NFR
Portugal Fatima Abrantes / Sofia Cordeiro FCT
Spain Jose Ramon Sanchez Quintana MINECO
Sweden Magnus Friberg VR
Switzerland Martina Kern-Luetschg SNF
United Kingdom (Vice-Chair) Michael Webb / Jessica Surma NERC