After a two-month expedition in the Gulf of Cadiz, the US research and drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution has arrived in the port of Lisbon on 17 January 2012. On this occasion the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) held a media conference and VIP events were organised by ECORD and IODP-Portugal in Lisbon at Centro Cultural de Macau on 18 January 2012.
During two days, 18 and 19 January, the USIO team and members of the Expedition scientific party (Co-chief Scientists Javier Hernandez-Molina and Dorrik Stow, Micropaleontologist Antje Voelker and Education Officer Helder Pereira welcomed about 600 visitors onboard the drillship >> read more


More photos taken during the scientific expedition

Media Conference

Earthquakes, Climate Change & Rivers of Sand: Six Million Years of Earth History uncovered in the Gulf of Cadiz

During the media conference the scientific leaders of the expedition, Prof. Dorrik Stow (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) and Dr. Francisco J. Hernández-Molina (University of Vigo) reported on their principal findings and important new discoveries. Prof. Fernando Barriga (University of Lisbon) outlined Portugal’s role and involvement in the IODP. Dr. Patricia Maruéjol (ECORD) provided information on Europe’s role within the IODP, which is one of the most ambitious geoscientific research programmes worldwide.

Lisbon-media-2012Dates and location of the Media Conference
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 at 11:30
Centro Cientifico e Cultural de Macau (CCCM)
Rua da Junqueira, nº30
1300-343 Lisboa, Portugal



Media release (18 January 2012):
>> In an Underwater River of Sand and Mud off the Iberian Coast, Six Million Years of Earth History – English version (doc)
>> Seis milhões de anos da História da Terra num rio de areia e lama subaquático – Portuguese version (doc)
>> Un río submarino de arena y fango en el margen Ibérico Atlántico: seis millones de años de historia de la Tierra – Spanish version (doc)

Meet the speakers:

gerdes Albert Gerdes (Moderator)
ECORD Media Relations
Marum, University of Bremen
Javier-Hernandez Prof. Javier Hernandez Molina
Co-chief Scientist of IODP Expedition 339
University of Vigo, Spain
now at the Royal Holloway, Univ. London
Dorrik_Stow Prof. Dorrik Stow
Co-chief Scientist of IODP Expedition 339
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Fernando_Barriga Prof. Fernando Barriga
ECORD Council Delegate for Portugal
University of Lisbon, Portugal
maruejol Dr Patricia Maruéjol
ECORD Outreach Co-ordinator
ECORD Managing Agency


Contact Media Conference

Albert Gerdes, ECORD Public Relations
MARUM – University of Bremen/Germany
Phone: +49 421 218 65540
Mobile phone: +49 172 43 77 986

Background information

Expedition web page: Mediterranean Outflow IODP Expedition 339
Meet the JOIDES Resolution
Specifications of the drillship JOIDES Resolution

IODP Community Newsletters

ECORD Newsletter
US Core Discoveries Newsletter

IODP Community videos

Videos of IODP expeditions posted on Youtube – OceanDrilling’s channel
ECORD video

IODP Community links

Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)
US Implementation Organization
JOIDES Resolution