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Call for Applications – JRFB

Call for Applications:JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB)
Deadline: July 23, 2021
Scientists interested in volunteering for this opportunity should send a cover letter and a two-page CVto by July 23, 2021.
The US Science Support Program for IODP is seeking senior scientists to serve on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB), including one representative from a non-U.S. IODP partner. The JRFB provides operational and management oversight of the JOIDES Resolution in fulfilling the objectives of the IODP Science Plan. New JRFB members will serve three-year terms beginning on October 1, 2021. Full terms of reference for the JRFB can be found here.
Letters should clearly indicate your primary field of expertise, briefly document previous committee experience, and describe your interest in the scientific ocean drilling programs (now and in the future). Candidates for the JRFB should have an extensive history of participation in scientific ocean drilling.

Call for application – ESSAC Science Coordinator

ESSAC (ECORD Science Support & Advisory Committee)Science Coordinator
The deadline to apply is midnight of 30 June 2021
Please send your application directly to and cc to
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The ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (ESSAC) is responsible for the scientific and technological planning and coordination of ECORD’s contribution to IODP.The activity of ESSAC is supported by the ESSAC Office, supervised by the ESSAC Chair and staffed with a ESSAC Science Coordinator.
From 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2023 the ESSAC Office will be located at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS in Trieste (Italy), with Dr. Angelo Camerlenghi in the role of ESSAC Chair.
The ESSAC Science Coordinator will be expected to manage the activities of the ESSAC Office. The role will be wide ranging, from the day-to-day management of the Office to communication with ESSAC delegates, the wider European, Japanese and US science communities and national funding agencies. The Coordinator will assist in outreach activities and will be expected to take the lead in preparing scientific reports that detail ECORD scientific participation and general science activities in IODP.The Coordinator will act as full-time scientific secretary to the ESSAC Chair and, when requested, ECORD Council. The Coordinator will attend meetings with the ESSAC Chair. Depending upon circumstances, the Science Coordinator may have some time to be actively involved in academic research, including in IODP science themes.

The deadline to apply is midnight of 30 June 2021
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Duration of the post:2 Years, from 01/01/2022 to 31/12/2023
Contact information:e-mail:

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP – is an international research program that explores the history and structure of the Earth as recorded in seafloor sediments and rocks.

The European (and Canadian) contribution to the program is organized through the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD –

Offshore phase of IODP Expedition 386 successfully completed

Offshore phase of IODP Expedition 386 successfully completed
International participants will meet for the onshore phase to sample and analyse the cores
European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD),and Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) /Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)completed the offshore phase of the IODP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology on 1 June 2021

50 days offshore, more than 830 meters of sediment successfully cored, two new records in scientific ocean drilling: the offshore phase of IODP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology has been successfully completed. The aim of the expedition is to study past giant earthquakes off the coast of Japan – and to help to better assess earthquake hazards in the future. All expedition participants will meet in Japan in the Autumn for the second part of the expedition to examine and analyse the cores.
Two records in scientific ocean drilling were broken during the expedition: the deepest site below sea level ever drilled and cored at a water depth of 8,023 meters and the deepest sub-sea level sample taken at 8,061 mbsl (meters below sea level).
Giant earthquakes occur at convergent plate boundaries where oceanic plates are subducted below overriding plates. Due to the downward bending of the oceanic plates, these plate boundaries form oceanic trenches, the deepest places on our planet, at water depths far below 6,000 meters.
The expedition successfully recovered 832 meters of cores recovered from a total of 15 Sites and 58 Holes cored along the entire Japan Trench from 36°N to 40.5 N, in water depths ranging from 7,445 to 8,023 mbsl.

“To study giant earthquake history and processes along subduction plate boundaries, we have to access the sedimentary records from these ultra-deepwater environments. With the new Giant Piston Corer System onboard the R/V Kaimei it has now become possible to efficiently and safely sample the deeper subsurface in these environments.
IODP Expedition 386 Site M0081, where the water depth is 8,023 meters, now – after more than forty-three years – breaks the record as the deepest site below sea level drilled and cored in scientific ocean drilling history. We greatly acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Captain of the R/V Kaimai and his crew to safely carry out such challenging ultra-deepwater coring operations and look forward to now undertaking scientific analyses on these samples from the deepest of the deep.”

Prof. Michael Strasser, IODP Exp. 386 Co-chief Scientist

“It was really a tough expedition. Many atmospheric low pressure systems and unexpectedly strong Kuroshio Current got in our way. However, we obtained giant piston cores from 15 sites along entire Japan Trench. Preliminary observations and onboard measurements of these cores suggest that we could recover good cores, which we believe contain event deposits with decimeter- to several meter-thickness. These event deposits are possible candidates for past great earthquakes along the Japan Trench. We expect that further analyses of these cores during the onshore sampling party and thereafter will contribute to understanding the spatio-temporal variation of great earthquakes and earthquake-related material transport along the Japan Trench, and to establishing methodology of deep-sea paleoseismology.”

Dr. Ken Ikehara, IODP Exp. 386 Co-chief Scientist
The expedition was operated by the ECORD Science Operator in close collaboration with the Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) within the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
Implementing this expedition has been a great challenge. Due to the ongoing pandemic and global travel restrictions, the offshore phase could not be carried out as planned with international scientists. Through the efforts of the Japanese team of scientists, marine technicians and operators, it was possible to fulfil the expedition scientific objectives with solely Japanese staffing. Through careful planning and adopting best hygienic practices, all participants were kept safe and healthy from possible COVID-19 infection.
The successful offshore phase will now be followed by an onshore phase this autumn. 35 scientists with expertise in different geoscience disciplines from Austria, Australia, China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Sweden, UK, and the United States participate in IODP Expedition 386. The whole international science team will meet for the first time in the autumn on board the drilling vessel Chikyu, whose laboratory infrastructure will be utilized for intensive investigation and sampling of the cores onshore while the ship is in port. This will involve splitting, describing, analyzing, and sampling the cores, and combining the resulting data with that collected during the offshore phase to compile a comprehensive expedition scientific report. The curated cores and samples will then be a focus for further state-of-the-art analyses by the wider international science community for many years to come.

More information:
Official webpage of Expedition 386:
Press release on the start of the expedition March 2020:
Expedition 386 blog:
Download official News item (docx):




About the research programme:
About the European part of the programme:
About ECORD Science Operator (ESO):
About the Japanese part of the program  (J-DESC):


Michael StrasserCo-chief ScientistUniversity of InnsbruckInstitute of GeologyEmail:
Ken IkeharaCo-chief ScientistNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)Geological Survey of JapanResearch Institute of Geology and GeoinformationEmail:
Jez EverestECORD Science OperatorMARUM – Center for Marine Environmental SciencesUniversity of BremenEmail: +44 131 650 0203
Sanny SaitoDeputy DirectorOperations Department, MarE3, JAMSTECEmail:
Ulrike PrangeECORD Science OperatorMARUM – Center for Marine Environmental SciencesUniversity of BremenEmail: uprange@marum.dePhone: +49 421 218-65540


R/V Kaimei at the quaysideR/V Kaimei arriving at the quayside at Yokosuka Port, marking the last minutes of the offshore phase of IODP Expedition 386. Credits: ECORD/IODP/JAMSTEC

R/V Kaimei at the port of YokosukaCo-chief Scientist Ken Ikehara, with the rest of the Kaimei’s crew safely returned to the port of Yokosuka. Credits: ECORD/IODP/JAMSTEC

Operations during offshore phase of Exp. 386Credit: T. Kanamatsu, ECORD/IODP/JAMSTEC

R/V KaimeiResearch vessel Kaimei. Credits: JAMSTEC

Call for Science Communication Specialists

Science Communication Specialists
 to sail as an Onboard Outreach Officerduring IODP Expedition 377: Arctic Ocean Paleoceanography “ArcOP”,a unique ECORD mission-specific platform expedition

The deadline to apply is 1 June 2021
Please send your application directly to the ESSAC Office (
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ECORD offers you the unique opportunity to sail in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research programme for scientific drilling at sea.
Science communication specialists (e.g., science writers, bloggers, videographers, etc.) are invited to apply to sail on an upcoming IODP expedition using a mission-specific platform (MSP) approach. They will work in the Arctic Sea during the offshore phase, and then at the IODP Bremen Core Repository at the University of Bremen, Germany, during the subsequent onshore phase.
We are looking for applicants with a strong science background or experience in communicating scientific topics through film, video, written word or art, who are comfortable using the web, multimedia and social media tools, and have a passion for sharing the excitement of science with students, educators and the general public. It is also advantageous be flexible, adventurous, and good at working with all types of people.
The post of Onboard Outreach Officer is a unique opportunity allowing for participation in a major scientific expedition which aims to answer research questions about climate change of direct societal relevance. You will collaborate with an international team of passionate senior and early career researchers and professional ship crews to document this complex international scientific expedition that will employ multiple vessels in order to overcome difficult environmental conditions in the Arctic Sea.

The deadline to apply is 1 June 2021
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Please send your application directly to the ESSAC Office (

Further information about the expedition:
After the expedition is finished, the ECORD Onboard Outreach Officer should send the ESSAC Office a summary of his/her trip and a request for reimbursement of travel expenses with a plan of future outreach activities based on the experience at sea. Co-financing by IODP national offices is desired. The ESSAC Office can provide further information about your IODP National Office (if applicable) or ESSAC delegate. Please also visit the following links:
For further information or questions please contact:
Malgo Bednarz, ECORD Outreach Officer – bednarz@ecord.orgUlrike Prange ESO Media Relations –

Helicopter view of three vessels during IODP Expedition 302: Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) in 2004. Credits: P. Frejvall, AMS

Map showing location of ACEX and ArcOP

Scientific Drilling at vEGU21 – IODP/ECORD-ICDP joint booth

joint booth at VEGU21

IODP/ECORD and ICDP are taking active part in vEGU21.
We prepared a session with talks, posters and five webinars. Additionally on the 27 of April we will have a Townhall meeting.
Scientific drilling session at EGU21 (27 April) »
IODP/ECORD and ICDP webinars »
IODP/ECORD and ICDP joint Townhall meeting »

Free access to webinars!
You do not need registration for vEGU21 to participate.

Webinars info

Each webinar will consist of presentation and Question&Answers part.

Webinar schedule summary
I.22 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST: IODP and ICDP new science plans, Land-2-Sea proposals
II.23 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST: Exploring IODP Data
III.26 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST: ICDP running and upcoming projects
IV.27 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST: IODP Expedition 377 ArcOP
V.28 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST: Student, scientists, stakeholder: how to get involved in IODP and ICDP?


Exploring IODP Data – Webinar at EGU2021

Exploring IODP Dataand virtual tour to Bremen Core Repository Friday, 23 Apr, 11:45–12:30 CEST Password: 716145 Speakers:Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC), Ulla Röhl...
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IODP and ICDP New Science Plans and Land-2-Sea proposals – Webinar at EGU2021

IODP and ICDP New Science PlansandLand-2-Sea proposals Thursday, 22 Apr 11:45–12:30 CEST Password: IODP   Speakers:Roz Coggon...
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How to get involved in IODP and ICDP? – Webinar at EGU2021

How to get involvedin IODP and ICDP? Student, scientists, stakeholder Wednesday, 28 Apr 11:45–12:30 CEST Password: ICDP   Speakers:Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC), Thomas...
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IODP Expedition 377 ArcOP – Webinar at EGU2021

IODP Expedition 377 ArcOPwith Co-chief Scientists,ESO, EMA, SPRS and AMS Tuesday, 27 Apr 11:45–12:30 CEST Password: 053683   Speakers:Dave McInroy (ESO), Jez Everest...
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ICDP-IODP/ECORD Town Hall Meeting at EGU2021

ICDP-IODP Town Hall Meetingon Scientific Drilling (virtual) Tuesday, 27 Apr 17:30–19:00 CEST [button link=""...
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ICDP Running & Upcoming Projects – Webinar at EGU2021

ICDPRunning & Upcoming Projects Monday, 26 Apr 11:45–12:30 CEST   Password: ICDP   Speaker:Uli Harms (Head of ICDP OSG)Download webinar presentation [ddownload...
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Scientific Drilling at vEGU21 – IODP/ECORD-ICDP joint booth

IODP/ECORD and ICDP @ vEGU21: We prepared a session with talks, posters and five webinars. Additionally on the 27 of April we will have a Townhall meeting!

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