The ECORD Facility Board (EFB) is the key planning forum for the mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions operated by ECORD as part of IODP. More information about the mandate of the EFB can be found in the ECORD Memorandum of Understanding

The ECORD Facility Board meets once a year (>> reports).


EFB Membership

The ECORD Facilty Board includes a Science Board and the ECORD Executive Bureau.

The Science Board consists of six leading scientists from IODP countries. Members of the Science Board are nominated by the ECORD Council based on ESSAC recommendations to serve during three years.

The Executive Bureau is composed of the Council Core group, the Chairs of ESO, ESSAC, ECORD-ILP and the Director of EMA.


EFB Tasks and Interactions


Expedition 347 Baltic Sea Paleoenvironment (D. Smith © ECORD/IODP).

  • Determining the operations schedule for mission-specific platform expeditions to implement high-priority science proposals forwarded by SEP and based upon science priorities, optimal geographic distribution and costs;
  • Approving the expedition section of the Annual ECORD Plan, including MSP operations schedule, data management, publications, core curation and engineering and scientific technical development
  • Advising on long-term planning of MSP expeditions.

The EFB liaises with all major entities of IODP including IODP Forum, SEP, funding agencies and Platform Providers, and Program Member Offices.



EFB Members –  Science Board
Gilles Lericolais (Chair) Ifremer, France
Gretchen Früh-Green ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stephen Gallagher University of Melbourne, Australia
Fumio Inagaki JAMSTEC, Japan
Ellen Thomas Yale University, New Haven CT, USA
Gabriele Uenzelmann-Neben (Vice-Chair) AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany
Benoit Ildefonse (Alternate) Géosciences Montpellier, France
EFB Members – ECORD Executive Bureau
Guido Lüniger ECORD Council Chair, Germany
Michael Webb ECORD Council Vice-Chair, UK
Eric Humler ECORD Council Core Group, France
Marco Sacchi ECORD Council Core Group, Italy
Bernard Westerop ECORD Council Core Group, Netherlands
Antony Morris ESSAC Chair
Gilbert Camoin EMA Director
IODP Liaisons
SEP Sean Gulick, Lisa McNeill
EPSP Barry Katz, Dieter Strack
NSF Thomas Janecek / Jamie Allan
JR Facility Board (JRFB) Anthony Koppers
JR Science Operator (JRSO) Bradford Clement / Mitch Malone
USSSP Carl Brenner
MEXT Tatsuya Watanabe
Chikyu IODP Board (CIB) Yoshiyuki Tatsumi
CDEX-JAMSTEC Nobuhisa Eguchi
J-DESC Harue Masuda
IODP Forum James A. Austin
IODP Science Support Office Holly Given
CAPES (Brazil) Marcio de Castro Silva Filho
ANZIC (Australia-New Zealand) Leanne Armand
KIGAM (South Korea) Se Won Chang
IODP China Shouting Tuo
MoES (India) / IODP India Brijesh Bansal / Dhananjai Pandey
EFB Past Members (Science Board)
Antonio Cattaneo Ifremer, France
Gerald Dickens Rice University, Houston TX, USA
Karsten Gohl AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany
Marta Torres Oregon State University, USA
Dominique Weis University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada