Select Page

Category: News

All News

ECORD-IODP Day in Athens

An ECORD-IODP Day will be held on 3 October 2019 at the University of Athens, Greece.
Please have a look to the programme:

IODP Future

Dear IODP Community Members …
Scientific ocean drilling is more than half a century old this year. Discoveries from scientific ocean drilling through the DSDP, ODP and IODP programs have helped reveal Earth’s history, and have been critical to shaping our understanding of how our planet works. But despite the wealth of knowledge gained though five decades of scientific ocean drilling, there remain many new scientific challenges that directly impact our society and that can only be addressed with future scientific ocean drilling.
Planning for a new science plan for the post-2023 era is now underway. International planning workshops have been held over the last year in India, Australia, Japan, Europe, and the United States, to capture the opinions of these international science communities. Another workshop will be held this month in China. By the end of this process, more than 800 participants will have worked together to assess the continuing relevance of the 2013-2023 science plan, and to explore possibilities for a new, post-2023 science plan in support of future scientific ocean drilling. The highlights and key outcomes of those planning workshops are now available.
In July 2019, eighteen international delegates comprising the Science Plan Working Group (see below my signature) met to produce a Science Plan Structure and Road Map document highlighting the commonalities in the workshop outcomes and indicating a potential way forward towards a new science plan. Key aspects of this proposed new science plan, entitled Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling, are:
(1)   A strong emphasis on interdisciplinary science at the crosslinks between science themes;
(2)   Enabling the next generation in scientific ocean drilling through a science plan that extends to 2050;
(3)   Eight open-ended strategic objectives that form the core of the science plan;
(4)   Five long-term, interdisciplinary flagship initiatives that address critical societal challenges;
(5)   Five-year programmatic reviews that allow intermediate adjustment or additions.
This Science Plan Structure and Road Map document is now available for community commenting before it will be discussed at the annual meeting of the IODP Forum in Osaka in September 2019. Now is a key moment in which the IODP community can provide input, in particular to the overall new structure of the proposed science plan. In January and March 2020 there will be two other commenting cycles, when successive drafts of the future science plan will be made available to the community on the website. As this is a new plan in support of the future generations of scientific ocean drilling researchers, we especially seek input from early- and mid-career scientists.
Comments can be provided via Disqusor emailed to Please review the Science Plan Structure and Road Map and use the password sodp2050comments (all lower case) to access Disqus. You can provide general input on the overall plan, structure and road map, but you can also provide specific comments using the line numbers in the document. Furthermore, in Disqusyou have the opportunity to reply to other people’s comments or to upvote comments.
Please respond before 26 August 23:00 U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
Thank you so much for your continued support and energy in providing scientific ocean drilling with a bright future into the mid-21stcentury!
Anthony Koppers, Chair
Instituting Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023
on behalf of the Science Plan Working Group
Delegates (18) of the Science Plan Working Group:
Anthony Koppers (Chair) – Oregon State University – U.S.
Cristiano Chiessi – University of São Paulo – Brazil
Gail Christeson – University of Texas at Austin – U.S.
Mike Coffin – University of Tasmania– Australia (ANZIC)
Rosalind Coggon – University of Southampton – U.K. (ECORD)
Stuart Henrys – GNS Science – N.Z. (ANZIC)
Yoon-Mi Kim – KIGAM – Korea
Iona McIntosh – JAMSTEC – Japan
Katsuyoshi Michibayashi – Nagoya University – Japan
Yuki Morono – KCC, JAMSTEC – Japan
Antony Morris – University of Plymouth – U.K. (ECORD)
Richard Norris – Scripps Inst. of Oceanography – U.S.
Matt O’Regan – Stockholm University – Sweden (ECORD)
Anais Pages – CSIRO – Australia (ANZIC)
Dhananjai Pandey – NCPOR – India
Sandra Passchier – Montclair State University – U.S.
Zhen Sun – S. China Sea Inst. of Oceanology – China
Huaiyang Zhou – Tongji University – China
download the whole letter More information

Call for abstracts: outreach in all formats, AGU 2019

Call for abstracts that explore ocean exploration outreach in all formats. Deadline: 31 July 2019
Submit your abstract on the AGU Fall Meeting 2019 website »
Educators, filmmakers and scientists – submit your films, commentaries, or wisdom on best practices and lessons learned in educating and informing the public about scientific discovery.
As the scientific drilling program marked 50 years of operation, it also shared milestones with other research programs. In so doing, it is critical to examine long histories of sharing cutting edge science with the public. The program has a growing component of public outreach — including museum displays, video series, artists and educators at sea, educator workshops and social media – many utilized by similar exploration programs. What are the responsibilities, as federally funded science programs, for education and outreach? What has been successful? How do we define success? This session invites abstracts that explore ocean exploration outreach in all formats, including films, photography, artwork, online interactives, posters, curriculum and discussion of means, methods and responsibilities of scientific outreach. This session invites educators, filmmakers and scientists to submit their films, commentaries, or wisdom on best practices and lessons learned in educating and informing the public about scientific discovery.

Science Board Members on the ECORD Facility Board

The ECORD Facility Board consists of a Science Board (six international scientists: 3 ECORD, 1 US, 1 Japan, 1 associated IODP member country) and the Executive Bureau (ECORD Executive Council Members, the ECORD Management Agency Director and the Chairs of ESO, ESSAC and ECORD-ILP), together with representatives of IODP entities and funding agencies (see fb.html).
Here we are seeking two new Science Board members, specifically one from ECORD member countries and one from the United States.
The preferred science fields are those relating to the “Climate & Oceans” and “Earth Connections”themes of the IODP Science Plan 2013-2023 (see 2013-2023).

Download the full call More information

Magellan Plus Workshop

Magellan Plus Workshop: RELICT
Participate in the Magellan Plus RELICT workshop on the role of lithospheric inheritance on subduction initiation.
RELICT has the aim to discuss the rationale to submit an IODP multiple drilling proposal to retrieve cores across the continental Moho in the SW Iberia rifted Margin, the Ocean-Continent Transition and the Africa-Eurasia transform-subduction plate boundary in the Atlantic.
The workshop will be held on 12-13 September 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal.
For further information please explore the workshop flyer.