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Final community review of the IODP 2050 Science Framework

A fully designed, complete draft version of the 2050 Science Framework entitled “Exploring Earth by Scientific Ocean Drilling” is now available online on and ready for community review and your comments.
This is the concluding round of community review.

Please provide your comments and complete the questionnaire by the deadline of 3 August.
The community review is only open for 2 weeks with a deadline of 3 August and we are planning to stick to this deadline. It is key to get as many of you and your colleagues as possible to review the framework in these two weeks and to fill out the accompanying Review Questionnaire, that only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete but will provide important metrics on the community’s findings.
This full version of the framework is written for the scientific ocean drilling community and scientists across the Earth sciences and beyond. Later, over the summer, a shorter 12-page summary document and a 2-page pamphlet will be produced for a general audience.
Download 2050 Science Framework: (password: sod2050comments).
Review Questionnaire:

Online Workshop: Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii


Register for Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii: Online workshop for IODP 951-Full proposal development (June 30 – July 3, 2020; Zoom). Deadline: June 21, 2020

Online Workshop: Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii
Exploring Deep Oceanic Crust off Hawaii: Online workshop for IODP 951-Full proposal development (June 30 – July 3, 2020; Zoom)
In the long-range vision of the 2050 Science Framework, deep scientific ocean drilling with emerging drilling and logging technologies — “Probing the Deep Earth” — will be one of the five flagship initiatives. This scientific and technological challenge will provide humankind a pathway to the Earth’s more profound realm and extend our fundamental insights into the nature of Earth’s deep interior and its geodynamic behavior. In this virtual workshop, we would like to develop a full proposal to explore ~2 km-deep oceanic crust off Hawaii using the D/V Chikyu.
During the online workshop, we will:

Discuss scientific objectives/questions, hypotheses, and available approaches based on the background information of 951-Pre proposal entitled “Drilling Middle-Aged Oceanic Crust on North Arch off Hawaii”,
Build an international and interdisciplinary proponent team and encourage collaborations therein, and
Develop a 951-Full proposal from both science and technology and submit by the 1 October 2020 deadline.

For more information and to apply, visit the workshop registration site:
Download the Agenda Invalid download ID.

ECORD Facility Board 2021-2023

to serve on the ECORD Facility Board of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP), from 2021-2023
The European Consortium of Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) is now accepting applications from active, leading international scientists to serve as Science Board Members on the ECORD Facility Board, the key forum for planning IODP mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions, operated by ECORD.
Within IODP, each platform provider uses a Facility Board to make and inform decisions on the effective use of its drilling facility in fulfilling the objectives of the IODP Science Plan.
The primary tasks of the ECORD Facility Board are to:

recommend MSP expedition schedules, based on ready-to-drill, high-priority science proposals, optimal geographic distribution and costs
assess the Annual ECORD Plan, including operations schedule, data management, publications, core curation, and scientific technical development
advise on long-term planning of MSP expeditions
participate in ECORD reviews of completed MSP expeditions
liaise with all major entities of IODP

The ECORD Facility Board consists of a Science Board (six international scientists: 3 ECORD, 1 US, 1 Japan, 1 associated IODP member country) and the Executive Bureau (ECORD Executive Council Members, the ECORD Management Agency Director and the Chairs of ESO, ESSAC and ECORD-ILP), together with representatives of IODP entities and funding agencies (see
Here we are seeking a new Science Board member from an ECORD country with scientific expertise related to the “Ocean and Climate” theme of the IODP Science Plan 2013-2023 (see
The ECORD Facility Board meets once a year, usually in early spring. The new members are expected to serve for three years, starting 1 January 2021. Travel costs for related activities are fully covered by the relevant IODP national funding organizations.
Application Process: Interested scientists should send the following documents as PDFs to the ESSAC Office: (1) a letter of interest, including your area of expertise, research interests and previous involvement in DSDP/ODP/IODP (if applicable), (2) a CV and (3) a list of publications. To avoid conflicts of interest, applicants should not be proponents on active MSP proposals that are in the review stage or have yet to be recommended for scheduling.
Please e-mail applications to by 1 September 2020.
For further information or questions, please contact:
Gilbert Camoin
Director, ECORD Managing Agency
Tel: +33 442 97 15 14
Antony Morris
Tel: +44 1752 584766

ECORD Summer Schools and Scholarships 2020

Dear All,

We regret to inform you that all three of the 2020 ECORD Summer Schools (Leicester, Urbino and Bremen) have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on current and future travelling and group activities.

Consequently, there will be no ECORD Scholarships awarded in 2020.

We apologise to all of you who have already engaged in the scholarship scheme and submitted applications, but we hope you’ll be in a position to resubmit them next year when a new call for applications will be issued.

We would like to thank the organisers of the Summer Schools for their efforts in setting them up, and we are optimistic that we will be able to return to normality in 2021 with an exciting programme of  ECORD training activities.

Hanno Kinkel (ESSAC Science Cordinator & Antony Morris (ESSAC Chair)

ECORD Annual Report 2019

The ECORD Annual Report 2019
Report of ECORD’s activities from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 (112 p.)
Download PDF copy here

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 »