Workshop on the future of Scientific Ocean Drilling with MSPs and Chikyu – Phase 2

ECORD and Japan entities are finalising the launch of the International Ocean Drilling Programme – IODP³ (IODP-cubed) after 2024, open to international members and based on the implementation of mission-specific scientific drilling expeditions.

Following the online-only Phase-1 Workshop in January 2023, the Phase-2 Workshop will be held inperson (hybrid). The is aim to gather researchers representing promising drilling ideas that emerged during and after Phase-1 Workshop to present and discuss their scientific and operational plans to prepare for MSP and Chikyu drilling proposals to be submitted for IODP3. The Workshop is open to~ 100 participants from any country.

Dates and location of the Phase-2 Workshop:
18 – 20 March 2024
followed by a 2-day field trip
Nachikatsuura, Kii Peninsula


  • „ 6 hours by train from Tokyo, 4 hours by train from Osaka.
    „ Far from major cities, aimed at fostering focused discussions
    (a retreat-like event).
  • 3 full days of workshop and a 2-day field trip (either 1 day or 2 days),
    allowing ample time for discussions. Participants on site will require a full
  • We plan to recommend several hotels within walking distance of the
    workshop venue, for each respective budget (TBD).
  • Notable local geology includes Neogene accretionary prism, forearc
    basin, and plutonic rocks. The region’s designation as a Geopark and World
    Heritage site. Lovely in-house hot springs in some hotels.
  • PMOs may provide support for travel expenses on a limited basis. (TBA)

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