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ECORD Annual Report 2019

The ECORD Annual Report 2019
Report of ECORD’s activities from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 (112 p.)
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ECORD has now formally entered the second phase (2019-2023) of IODP.
The 2019-2023 ECORD Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the 15 current ECORD members. In parallel, ECORD has developed concrete operational plans for the next mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions and started to plan efforts designed to shape the future of scientific ocean drilling beyond 2023.
This transition also included the finalization of an updated version of the ECORD MoU and the revision of the MoU between ECORD and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The MoU linking ECORD and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) involves the two partners for the whole duration of the current programme.
This Annual Report demonstrates that the ECORD science community is very healthy, especially through its leading role in the submission of drilling proposals, its massive and sustained participation to IODP expeditions and in the publication and promotion of cutting-edge results related to the successive ocean drilling programmes, as well as in its involvement in the building of a future scientific ocean drilling programme.
See previous ECORD Annual Reports »

#15 ECORD’s Headline -Impact of COVID-19 disease outbreak on IODP and ECORD activities

#15 ECORD’s Headline
Impact of COVID-19 disease outbreak
on IODP and ECORD activities
While writing these words, the World is facing an unprecedented health crisis related to the COVID-19 disease outbreak, leading to very difficult and stressful situations for everyone. In these difficult times, we do hope that you and your loved ones will stay safe and healthy.
Most everyday activities have stopped or slowed down drastically in most countries. Our programme is no exception and is affected by restrictions and limitations due to new governmental guidance, and institutional restrictions on international travel.
Within the programme, this crisis has already led to the postponement of MSP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology to a later date despite efforts made by MarE3 and ESO to hold the expedition open for as long as possible. The ECORD Facility Board, the two operators and JAMSTEC will discuss the rescheduling of this expedition.
In addition, several IODP meetings and workshops have been postponed, and major conferences (e.g., EGU) and ECORD educational activities (e.g. ECORD Training Course) cancelled.
It is still too early to evaluate the overall impact of this crisis on future activities of the programme. However, be sure that during this period many exchanges involving the different ECORD entities and our IODP partners are still going on through videoconferences and virtual meetings, phone calls and emails regarding current and future activities (e.g., panels, upcoming expeditions, the completion of the new Science Framework and preparations for the next programme).
Under these circumstances, we have decided not to proceed with the ECORD Newsletter #34 and will instead continue to post information on new developments ‘in real time’ on our website so that the ECORD community remains informed and proactive, as always.
Best wishes to All, and stay safe and healthy.
Gilbert Camoin (Director of the ECORD Managing Agency;
Antony Morris (Chair of ESSAC;
Gabi Uenzelmann-Neben (Chair of the ECORD Facility Board;
Dave McInroy (Science Manager, ECORD Science Operator;

Call: IODP Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP)

Call for applications
ECORD member of the IODP Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP)
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Deadline to apply: 30 April 2020
The IODP Environmental Protection and Safety Panel (EPSP) is an advisory body of the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board (JRFB) composed of volunteer experts from IODP member countries. The EPSP primarily carries out a site-by-site review of proposed or scheduled IODP expeditions from the point of view of safety and environmental protection. The ECORD Facility Board and Chikyu IODP Board also currently use EPSP as an advisory body.
ESSAC, the European Consortium of Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) Science Support and Advisory Committee, calls for applications from experts in the field of marine geology, geophysics and/or engineering to serve as an ECORD member of EPSP. Applicants should be familiar with reflection seismic data in its various forms, and preferably have experience in assessing hazards associated with seabed drilling/coring.
The successful candidate will be expected to attend all meetings of the EPSP, generally held once annually, and be available for communications and evaluations conducted electronically.  The duration of the appointment to EPSP is a minimum of three years, renewable at the discretion of the EPSP Chair, the Facility Boards, and ESSAC.
Please e-mail your application to the ESSAC Office before 30 April 2020, providing the following documents (PDFs only):
1) a letter of interest including your specific expertise and research interests, and outlining any previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP expeditions or panels (note that prior involvement is not a requirement);
2) a two-page summary CV; and
3) a list of publications. Please also send a copy of your application documents to your national IODP office/ESSAC delegate (
ESSAC Office:
Antony Morris (ESSAC Chair)
Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Coordinator)
University of Plymouth, UK

Postponement of IODP Expedition 386

ECORD announces with deep regret the postponement of IODP Expedition 386: Japan Trench Paleoseismology. The current global health crisis related to the COVID-19 disease outbreak forced us to postpone this expedition to a later date. Travel restrictions of many expedition participants led to the loss of the critical number of staff trained in IODP-MSP systems and equipment required to implement the expedition.
The ECORD Facility Board will work with the operators to reschedule this expedition as soon as possible. This expedition will be jointly implemented by the ECORD Science Operator (ESO), and the Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) within the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), thus ushering cross collaboration and operational knowledge exchange between IODP operators for the implementation of IODP expeditions. 
For further information on IODP Expedition 386, please visit

Get an ECORD Scholarships 2020

The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) will sponsor 10  to 15 Scholarships  to allow outstanding young scientists to attend one of the three 2020 ECORD Summer Schools  in Urbino (Italy), Bremen (Germany) or Leicester (UK). The Scholarships will contribute to costs of registration, travel, subsistence and/or accommodation at the Schools.
The ECORD Scholarships are open to young scientists based in ECORD countries (see  for a list of ECORD countries).
Preference will be given to PhD students or early career post-doctoral research scientists. The review of the applications will be made by ESSAC, the ECORD Science Committee, and the decisions will be communicated by the end May 2020
The deadline to apply for an ECORD Scholarship  is 30 April 2020.
Applications should be sent to the ESSAC Office ( and should include a detailed Letter of Interest (max. two pages), a CV and a Letter of Support from one supervisor. Please download and use the templates for the CV and Letter of Support from our website:
No other attachments will be accepted.
The most important document of the package is the Letter of Interest, which should outline the motivation for your application and summarise how attendance at the summer school will be beneficial for your future scientific career. Application for an ECORD Scholarship is independent of the application and registration process to an ECORD Summer School.  Please be aware that application and registration for the ECORD Summer Schools must be made directly through the respective Summer School organisers, not through the ESSAC office.