The MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme is co-funded by ECORD and ICDP and designed to support European and Canadian scientists (ECORD) in developing new and innovative science proposals to meet future challenges in Earth, life and environmental sciences. For this purpose the MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme funds workshops and/or travel grants that are expected to lead to or foster high-quality and innovative scientific drilling proposals for submission to IODP and ICDP.


Getting Involved

The programme has one call annually with deadline on 15 January. Proposals are reviewed by the MagellanPlus Steering Committee (MSC), with the advice of external reviewers where applicable. Proponents will be notified of the outcome within two months following the submission deadline.

Download: 2018 Call for MagellanPlus proposals.

Corint RiftProposals should follow the themes of the IODP and ICDP Science Plans and will include complete and realistic scripts for the proposed workshop. A funded workshop must be executed within 12 months after notification of funding. A typical workshop is expected to take place over 2-4 days, and have 20-35 participants. The workshop should be located in an ECORD country, close to a convenient air and/or train hub and have relatively low-cost facilities.

The contribution will not exceed 15,000€ per workshop.
Priority is given to ECORD and ICDP member countries.
The participation of young scientists is particularly encouraged.

Contact: Lucas Lourens –  

Supporting scientists:
In addition to workshop funding, the MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme will support the participation of ECORD and ICDP scientists in international IODP and ICDP workshops held in other countries. Proposals for these funds need to be submitted by the organisers of the workshops. The proposals will have to briefly describe the workshop’s aims, agenda and setting. A list of ECORD/ICDP member country scientists to be supported, including their CV and motivations, needs to be supplied. Travel support will not exceed 1,500 € per scientist.

Contact: Lucas Lourens –  


Upcoming MagellanPlus Workshops

  • Tyrrhenian Magmatism & Mantle Exhumation (TIME)
    5-7 June 2017, Bologna, Italy >> flyer
    Registration before 30 April 2017
  • Australasian Regional Workshop for building new IODP proposals
    13-16 June 2017, Sydney, Australia >> link 
    Registration for early-career scientist before 10 April 2017 More information
  • Volcanic, tectonic and hydrothermal processes in an island-arc caldera environment (Santorini-Kolumbo marine volcanic system)
    21-23 November 2017, Athens, Greece >> flyer
    Expressions of interest for participation before 20 June 2017
  • Carbon Cycling at the Ultraslow Arctic Spreading Ridge System
    dates and location TBD

Participation: Scientists who are interested to take part in a workshop should contact the convenor (see flyers or links).  


Past MagellanPlus Workshops

Reports of the workshops are available below. A summary of the report is published in Scientific Drilling Journal and ECORD Newsletter

  • Caldera Drilling – Campi Flegrei
    25-28 February 2017, Naples, Italy
    >> report   >> flyer  
  • Bend-Fault Serpentinization: Implications for plate dynamics, Earth’s deep carbon and water cycles, and deep life
     18-20 June 2016, London, UK
      >> summary   >> link
  • Antarctica’s Cenozoic Ice and Climate History: New science and new challenges of drilling in Antarctic waters
    9-11 May 2016, College Station, TX, USA
    >> report
  • Brazilian Equatorial Margin – BEM II
    30 March 30 – 1 April 2016, Ubatuba, Brazil
     >> report   >> link
  • Haiti-DRILL: A window to the North Carribean active “sliding doors” fault system through scientific drilling
      26-28 October 2015, Rueil-Malmaison, France
       >> summary
  • Submarine Paleoseismology: Using giant piston coring within IODP to fill the gap in long-term records of great earthquakes
        16-18 July 2015, Zurich, Switzerland
        >> report
  • Mantle, Water and Life: the ultramafic-hosted Rainbow hydrothermal field
        10-12 June 2015, Lyon, France
        >> report
  • IMAGE: Investigating Mediterranean-Atlantic Gateway Exchange
        5-8 May 2015, Rabat, Morocco
        >> report
  • Drilling the Cretaceous Palaeogene Tropical South Atlantic
        2-4 February 2015, Newcastle, UK
  • Newfoundland Drilling for Climate Dynamics: Filling the Oligo-Miocene gap in the North Atlantic
        15-17 September 2014, Heidelberg, Germany
        >> report
  • Advancing Sub-surface Biosphere and Paleoclimate Research
        21-23 August 2014, Seoul, South Korea
        >> report
  • Accelerating Neoproterozoic Research through Scientific Drilling
        March 17-19 2014, Keyworth, UK5
        >> report
  • BLACKSINK: Black Sea History of the Past 15 Ma
        27-28 February 27-28, Utrecht, The Netherlands
        >> report
  • IODP Drilling within the Corinth Continental Rift, Greece
        11-14 February 2014, Athens, Greece
        >> report
  • DREAM II: Deep-Sea Record of Mediterranean Messinian Events II
        20-23 January 2014, Paris, France
        >> report
  • ISOLAT: Integrated Southern Ocean Latitudinal Transects
        23-25 September 2013, Cambridge, UK
        >> summary6
  • DREAM: Deep-Sea Record of Mediterranean Messinian Events
        5-8 May 2013, Brisighella, Italy
        >> report
  • Advancing our Understanding of Cretaceous Ocean Dynamics by Scientific Ocean Drilling
        15-17 April 2013, London, UK
        >> report
  • Drilling an Active Hydrothermal System associated with a Submarine Intraoceanic Arc Volcano
        15-17 November 2012, Lisbon, Portugal
        >> report
  • Records of Geohazards and Monsoonal Changes in the Northern Bay of Bengal
        8-9 October 2012, Bremen, Germany
        >> summary
  • Magellan Workshop Series Programme (2006-2011)
        A compilation of brief reports is available here.


Members of the MagellanPlus Steering Committee

Lucas Lourens (IODP) – Chair – Paleoclimate (Cenozoic)
Stefano Bernasconi (IODP) Geochemistry
Anne Le Friant (IODP) Geohazards
Johan Lissenberg (IODP) – Vice-Chair Oceanic lithosphere
Werner Piller (ICDP) Stratigraphy/Carbonates
Michele Rebesco (IODP) Seismic stratigraphy/Sedimentology
Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz (IODP) Paleoclimate/Paleogeography
Ales Spicak (ICDP) Seismology
Karsten Haase (IODP) Marine petrology

Past Members

Rüdiger Stein (AWI Bremerhaven)
Jochen Erbacher (Chair)