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ECORD and scientific ocean drilling beyond 2024

ECORD Headlines #18:
ECORD and scientific ocean drilling beyond 2024
ECORD intends to continue to play a prominent role in post-2024 scientific ocean drilling, based on its well-established infrastructure, its successful implementation of novel mission-specific expeditions, competitiveness in the international research landscape and maximum scientific return from investment.
ECORD is currently shaping its post-2024 plans building on: 1) a commitment to the ‘philosophy’ of the successive scientific ocean drilling programmes to date; 2) the legacy of its achievements, success and innovations since 2004; and 3) the need to adopt an innovative approach tailored to meet the needs of the post-2024 international landscape. Our emerging plans are being defined and sharpened internally, especially through the instrumental role of the ECORD Vision Task Force and via continuous exchanges between all ECORD entities. ECORD has also exchanged views on the future with its current partners through our regular channels of communications and via bilateral meetings despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our ability to hold in-person discussions. Further bilateral meetings and direct discussions with partners are planned and will be of pivotal importance in coming weeks and months.
The broad outlines of ECORD’s intentions for post-2024 scientific ocean drilling have already been presented during IODP meetings (Facility Boards and Forum meetings), culminating in the recent IODP Forum and Inter-Governmental meetings that were held in a hybrid form on 11-13 October 2021 (Rome, Italy). The 2050 Science Framework (, which represents a new and innovative approach for conducting science using offshore drilling platforms, must be the foundation of such future initiatives.
Mission-Specific Platform (MSP) expeditions will play a prominent role in achieving the goals of the 2050 Science Framework. ECORD intends to further develop the MSP concept by diversifying drilling and coring technologies, including riserless drilling, and applying them to all geological environments, as determined by scientific priorities, operational efficiency and better value for money. We intend to foster active collaboration with other platform providers, as well as other programmes and initiatives with similar scientific objectives, and implement joint expeditions in “MSP-mode”, regardless of the technology and/or the drilling/coring needs.
Any development of post-2024 international scientific ocean drilling initiatives will require current and new platform providers to confirm their participation and work together on a sustainable implementation model, including use of available facilities, core and data legacy agreements and general coordination of independent programmes.
The end of the International Ocean Discovery Program, now planned on 30 September 2024, will represent a major change in the organization of international activities related to scientific ocean drilling. The development of post-2024 scientific ocean drilling initiatives will be characterized by a transition from a single international programme operating with independent platform providers to some form of ‘alliance’ of independent and collaborative programmes, whose internal organization and mutual collaboration still need to be defined.
There are still many challenges to tackle and many issues to be solved within the next months through bilateral and other in-person and virtual meetings. The IODP Forum extraordinary meeting that will be held during the weekend preceding the EGU in Vienna, Austria (2-3 April, 2022), will certainly represent a major step in progress towards making concrete plans for the future of scientific ocean drilling. Major issues concerning future initiatives include (among others): systems for proposal and data management, currently the main responsibility of the Science Support Office; the scientific and safety evaluation of drilling proposals, currently the remit of the Science Evaluation Panel and the Environment Protection and Safety Panel, respectively; and the scheduling of drilling expeditions, currently the main task of Facility Boards within IODP.
The development of post-2024 initiatives will also require continuity of core and data legacies, in order to maintain one of the key basic principles of the successive international scientific ocean drilling programmes. During the last IODP-Forum meeting, all current IODP partners hosting an IODP Core Repository expressed a strong will to preserve core and sample collections and to ensure the continued availability of this material to all legitimate scientific users after the end of IODP. The related agreements among current IODP partners will have to be formalized to ensure the continuity of legacy activities throughout the transition between IODP and future scientific ocean drilling initiatives.
Communication plans to inform ocean drilling science communities about the rapidly evolving situation of the post-2024 plans have been set up and will develop further in the next months. A first ECORD Community Webinar will be organized in January 2022 and others will follow to update the science community on a regular basis. In addition, our usual channels (websites, newsletters, social media networks) and an open discussion/online forum will be used to collect community feedback… stay tuned !
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ECORD gets engaged to extend IODP through 2024

ECORD Headline #17
ECORD gets engaged to extend the International Ocean Discovery Program through 2024
U.S. FY2024 has been considered as an ‘option’ year in Memoranda underlying the JOIDES Resolution Consortium to extend the current term (30 September 2023) of the International Ocean Discovery Program. In light of reduced operations and lost opportunities during the COVID-19 outbreak, NSF has decided that unspent funds in U.S. FY2020 and 2021 will be applied to U.S. FY2024 operations.
At its last meeting that was held in October 2021, the ECORD Council has decided to extend the 2019-2023 ECORD-NSF MoU through 2024, as such an option is clearly indicated in this agreement. The ECORD Council has approved EMA’s proposition to contribute to the JR Consortium in order to help NSF to consider additional expeditions in U.S. FY2024.
The ECORD Council also supported the extension of the 2019-2023 ECORD MoU through 2024, provided that the expected contributions from ECORD funding agencies are available for that year. In addition, the ECORD Council has decided to extend the terms of the ECORD Managing Agency (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique – CNRS), the ECORD Science Operator (British Geological Survey – BGS in Edinburgh), the ECORD Science Support and Advisory Committee (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics – OGS in Trieste) and the Bremen Core Repository (BCR) through 2024.
Over the last months, ECORD has been actively involved in the planning of post-2024 international scientific ocean drilling initiative(s) based on the 2050 Science Framework and in which ECORD intends to play a prominent role.
A new ECORD Headline will be posted early January 2022 to inform the international science community and ECORD’s partners about post-2024 plans for Scientific Ocean Drilling.
Gilbert CAMOIN
Director of the ECORD Managing Agency
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Call for MagellanPlus workshop proposals

The ECORD/ICDP MagellanPlus Workshop Series Programme aims to foster the development of new IODP/ICDP drilling projects, and invites scientists from ECORD/ICDP member countries to propose workshops for the elaboration of compelling drilling proposals.

MagellanPlus welcomes proposals for topical workshops aimed at generating MSP drilling proposals, either as stand-alone projects or as part of land-to-sea transects that integrate marine and continental coring. The submission of MSP drilling proposals that consider the possibility of in-kind contributions is encouraged. Scientific themes must be aligned with the Strategic Objectives defined in the 2050 Science Framework, i.e.:
– Earth’s Climate System
– Feedbacks in the Earth System
– Tipping Points in Earth’s History
– Global Cycles of Energy and Matter
– Natural Hazards Impacting Society
– The Oceanic Life Cycle of Tectonic Plates
– Habitability and Life on Earth (e.g., deep biosphere).

The contribution of the MagellanPlus Workshop Series will not exceed 15,000 € per workshop. 

Call for MagellanPlus proposals – deadline: 15 January 2022

For further information, please visit to the MagellanPlus website.

Call for sessions: International Sedimentological Congress 2022

21st International Sedimentological Congress
August 22–26, 2022
Beijing, China
Session proposal deadline: August 27, 2021–October 20, 2021
Date of submission of papers and abstracts: November 1, 2021–April 1, 2022
Early Bird Registration: December 1, 2021–May 1, 2022
Coordinators: Gilbert Camoin (CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France), Jingping Xu (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
Historically, large (scientific scope, geographical area, operational budget, number of participants etc) geoscience programs or expeditions such as IODP, ICDP, MARGINS, or e.g., the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Expedition incrementally advances, or sometimes revolutionizes the world’s understanding of Earth Sciences in general and that of sedimentology in particular. In addition to large budgets and brilliant minds involved in these programs, the use of creative and new technologies is one of the critical factors that propel breakthroughs and discoveries. As suggested by the above title, this theme invite session proposals that: (1) focus on a specific geoscience program from all corners of the world that investigates a variety of sedimentological issues including, but not limited to, fluvial, lacustrine, marine sedimentological processes and deposits (modern or ancient); and/or (2) showcase technological breakthroughs (e.g., sampling devices, analyzing methods, numerical modeling and schemes, etc.) that advance sedimentological research both qualitatively and quantitatively.
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IODP Expedition 398: Hellenic Arc Volcanic Field

IODP Expeditions 398: Hellenic Arc Volcanic Field
6 December 2022 to 6 February 2023
The deadline to apply is 1 November 2021
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The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) offers you the unique opportunity to sail on Expedition 398 on-board the JOIDES Resolution in the framework of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), an international research program for drilling at sea.
The Hellenic Arc Christiana-Santorini-Kolumbo (CSK) volcanic field, which includes Santorini caldera and its Late Bronze Age eruption, provides a unique opportunity to address how subduction-related volcanism impacts life. Better understanding of island-arc volcanism requires study of the processes that drive such volcanism, and how the volcanoes interact with the marine environment. What are the links between crustal tectonics, volcanic activity, and magma genesis? What are the dynamics and impacts of submarine explosive volcanism and caldera-forming eruptions? What are the reactions of marine ecosystems to volcanic eruptions? The rift basins around the CSK field, as well as Santorini caldera, contain volcano-sedimentary fills up to several hundreds of meters thick. We propose to drill six sites, four in the rifts basins and two in Santorini caldera. Deep drilling is essential to characterize and interpret the depositional packages visible on seismic images, to chemically correlate primary volcaniclastic layers in the rift fills with their source volcanoes, to fill in gaps in onland volcanic records, to provide a precise chronostratigraphic framework for rift tectonic and sedimentary histories, and to characterize the subsurface microbial life.
There are five primary [1-5] and two secondary [6-7] scientific objectives:
Arc volcanism in an active rift environment: To reconstruct the volcanic history of the CSK volcanic field since the Pliocene by exploiting a >3.8 My marine volcano-sedimentary archive.
The volcano-tectonic connection: To reconstruct the subsidence and tectonic histories of the rift basins, and use the rift as a natural experiment for studying the relationship between CSK volcanism and major crustal tectonic events.
Arc magmatism in a region of extending crust: To document magma petrogenesis at the CSK volcanic field in space and time, and to seek effects of crustal thinning on magma storage, differentiation and crustal contamination.
Unravelling an iconic caldera-forming eruption: To document the processes, products and potential impacts of the late Bronze-Age eruption of Santorini.
Volcanic hazards from submarine silicic eruptions: To study the histories, dynamics and hazards of Kameni and Kolumbo submarine volcanoes.
Transition from continental to marine environments in the southern Aegean.
Biological systems reactions to volcanic eruptions and seawater acidification.
For more information on the expedition science objectives and the JOIDES Resolution expedition schedule, see This site includes links to individual expedition web pages with the original IODP proposals and expedition planning information.
Expertise sought
We encourage applications from all qualified scientists. ESSAC is committed to a policy of broad participation and inclusion, and to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all program participants. Opportunities exist for researchers (including graduate students) in all shipboard specialties, including micropaleontologists, sedimentologists, volcanologists, petrologists, igneous geochemists, inorganic and organic geochemists, microbiologists, paleomagnetists, physical properties specialists, and borehole geophysicists. Good working knowledge of the English language is required.
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:

Further information about the expedition:
For further information or questions please contact:

ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)

The Application Process
The Application Process is open to scientists in all ECORD member countries. Please download the Apply to Sail general application forms from the ESSAC webpage:
Apply to sail »
Please, fill out all applicable fields and send it to the ESSAC office by email  ( with the following additional documents by the deadline of 30 September 2021:

A letter of interest outlining your specific expertise, previous involvement in DSDP/ ODP/ IODP expeditions, research interests, primary research goals of your proposed participation.
CV and publication list.
Early career researchers must additionally provide a letter of support from their host institution, including information on post-cruise science support.

All applications should state how you intend to achieve your proposed scientific objectives, with information on the funding scheme and support from your institution or national funding agencies. More information can be found under:
In addition to the ESSAC application, all applicants must inform their national office or national delegate and send them a copy of their application documents. The national offices or national delegates can also provide information regarding travel support, post-cruise funding opportunities, etc.
See for a list of the national contact persons.

For further information or questions, please contact the ESSAC Office:
ECORD Science Support & Advisory CommitteeAntony Morris (ESSAC Chair)Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Plymouth University, UK Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK