The ECORD Council is the funding entity, which coordinates a common ECORD approach to IODP policy with membership from 17 members15 from European countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The United Kingdom), Canada and Israel. 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 ECORD Council meets twice a year in spring and jointly with ESSAC in October/November (>> reports). A core group of the Council consisting of the Chair, the Vice-chair and three additional Council Delegates is part of the ECORD Executive Bureau. The three major ECORD contributors (France, Germany and the United Kingdom) automatically belong to this core group. 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


Funding Agency

Delegate / Alternate

AustriaÖAWBernhard Plunger
BelgiumFWODavid Van Rooij
CanadaNSERCAnne De Vernal / Kathryn Gillis
Denmark (Core group)FNUAnders Kjaer / Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz
FranceINSU-CNRSEric Humler / Mireille Perrin
Germany (Core group)DFGGuido Lueniger
IrelandGSIKoen Verbruggen / Xavier Monteys
IsraelMERCIZvi Ben Avraham / Eliana Dan
ItalyCNRMarco Sacchi / Laura De Santis
NetherlandsNWOBernard Westerop / Marc de Jonge
NorwayNFRHeidi Roggen
PortugalFCTLuis Menezes Pinheiro / Rita Silva Carvalho
Sweden (Chair)VRMagnus Friberg
SwitzerlandSNFMartina Kern-Luetschg
United Kingdom (Core group)NERCMichael Webb / Jessica Surma