ECORD Council #10 - Summary / Brussels, 27 February 2007
For the Distinguished Lecture Programme, three lecturers have been selected for each of IODP major themes:
Universities are now encouraged to apply to host a lecture. Universities/institutes from non ECORD European countries are encouraged to apply.
The ECORD review report is now finalized and printed and, besides ECORD, has been distributed to the Lead Agencies and IODP-MI, and to the European Commission. The general outcome is very positive. However, the Council is willing to consider very seriously the few issues identified by the review committee. The Council reviewed and discussed all the statements, conclusions and recommendations of the report. It decided to write a written response, and to take action when appropriate. A subgroup of the ECORD Council, together with the EMA Director and the ESSAC Chair, is tasked to prepare this response for the next Council meeting.
Soeren Dürr reported on a meeting of the Deep Seafloor Frontier Steering Committee, which took place in Brussels. The DSF foresight paper is being finalized and will be published by the European Commission. Meanwhile, the Steering Committee is getting organized to submit a proposal to the FP7 call for a coordination action. The maximum level of funding for this project will be 1.2 M€ over three years, to support workshops. ECORD will be involved in this proposal, but not as a leader.
Strategies for funding within FP7
The current ECORD-net is ending at the end of 2007. Soeren Dürr and Catherine Mével reported on a meeting they attended at the European Commission on February 9th, to explore all funding opportunities. It will be possible to resubmit an ERAnet proposal within FP7, or to request an ERAnet + to support ECORD. ECORD is considered by the Commission as one of the three pillars of the Deep Seafloor Frontier initiative, together with HERMES and ESOnet. It is only during the second half of FP7 that the DSF may be fully funded. Meanwhile, it is important that these three pillars continue to be active. The council decided to aim for an ERAnet +. The work programme for the FP7 call in 2008 is being elaborated by the programme committee. It is important to make sure that ECORD is mentioned is the call. Representatives of the ECORD council will meet key individuals in Brussels.
ECORD response to the Green Paper published by the EC "Towards a future maritime policy for the Union: a European vision for the oceans and seas"
The Green paper is now out and all relevant bodies are asked for comments.
The Marine Board has initiated a process to coordinate a response to the Green Paper. ECORD has offered to be involved. The Marine Board has already prepared a long document, and a short version will be circulated for comments. The council feels that it is important to use this opportunity. The council tasked a subgroup to prepare a written answer to the Green Paper
The Green Paper will be launched at the EurOcean 2007 meeting, June 22, scheduled in association with the 18-21 June Oceans 2007 conference in Aberdeen. It will be important for ECORD to be represented.
Next Council meeting: Den Haag, The Netherlands, 7-8 June 2007.
|ECORD Council members|
|Jean Pierre Henriet||Belgium|
|Elisabeth Köhler (alternate)||France|
|Sören B. Dürr (Executive, Chair)||Germany|
|Xavier Monteys (alternate)||Ireland|
|Nigel Wardell (alternate)||Italy|
Raymond M. L. Schorno (vice-Chair)
|Annik M. Myhre (alternate)||Norway|
|Severino Falcón Morales (alternate)||Spain|
|Jonas Björck (alternate)||
|Marcel Kullin (vice-Chair)||Switzerland|
|Chris J. Franklin||U.K.|