The InterRidge Info 2018 Archive

InterRidge Info #18/2018 (10th October 2018)

1) [First iMOVE workshop] InterRidge Working Group iMOVE (Integrating Multidisciplinary Observations in Vent Environments) is focused on the integrated study of vents using multidisciplinary observatories. The main objective of the WG iMOVE is to contribute to the InterRidge community by fostering and coordinating the integration of hydrothermal data from vent fields where observatory-style data have been acquired. WG iMOVE proposes to develop a collaborative platform to access the existing data and metadata in standardized formats, provide relevant analytical and modeling tools, and facilitate data integration across disciplines and observatories.
The first
iMOVE workshop will be held in Bergen (Norway) on 6-8 February 2019. The objectives will be to (1) set up the basis for the 'iMOVE online platform' that will link to all observatories websites and data repositories, (2) discuss/produce a report on means for data integration, and the future of observatories - where are we after a decade? what observatories for tomorrow?, and (3) prepare the second larger workshop/conference that will be dedicated to scientific results. Save the date in your agenda and feel free to contact the organizers which will provide more detailssoon.
2) [First workshop on seamounts and islands near the spreading centres] Working Group on Mid-Ocean Ridge Islands and Seamounts is a new working group of InterRidge. This WG has interests spanning all science from deep (mantle) to surface (oceanographic, biological) processes on seamounts and islands near the spreading centres and welcomes involvement from anyone wishing to join the workshop. Its first workshop will be held in Lisbon (Portugal) on 19-21 September 2019. This workshop will consider the state of current science on these areas and priorities for future research. Further details are available from the organizers and will be made available from our web page in the nearest future.
3) [InterRidge Global Database of Active Submarine Hydrothermal Vent Fields] InterRidge Vents Database provides a comprehensive list of hydrothermal vent fields for use in academic research and education. The database is revised weekly during the video conferences between IR coordinator and Stace Beaulieu.Any vent field can be updated or a new one added simply by submitting an electronic message to the InterRidge Office. Please feel free to contact us with any new information.Starting from this week, InterRidge Vents Database is using OpenSeaMap (© OpenStreetMap contributors) to display the position of each vent field.
4) [InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships] The applications for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship of Simone Pujatti (University of Calgary, Canada), A. Srinivas Rao (National Center for Antarctica and Ocean Research, India), Loes van Dam (The University of Rhode Island, USA) and Unyime Udoudo Umoh (School of Ocean and Earth Science, Tongji University, China) have been accepted for funding. Our new Fellows are going to the laboratories in the Netherlands, France, Norway and UK, respectively.Congratulations!
5) [Jobs] Visit Jobs section on our website to see new job offers.

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InterRidge Info #17/2018 (26th September 2018)

1) [Global Seamounts Project - call for participation] A new international project has been proposed by Global Oceans and called the Global Seamounts Project (GSP), to intensively survey a range of 18 seamounts in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean basins, over 18 expeditions beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2023. The project will generate standardized sets of inter-calibrated, multidisciplinary field data over the survey range to develop a new ecosystem model for seamounts. GSP was collaboratively developed by a team of seamounts scientists and ecosystem modelers and is inviting scientists from a wide range of disciplines and regions to participate.
The project proposal is accessible on the Global Seamounts Project section of the Open Science Framework (OSF) website. Interested scientists, post-docs, students and technicians from around the world can sign-in on the OSF site and at the GSP Working Groups document page can enter comments, ideas and indications of interest.

2) [Reminder: Comments on Revised ISA Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area] Members and Observers of the International Seabed Authority as well as other Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the revised draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/Rev.1 and ISBA/24/C/20) by 30 September 2018. If you do so, InterRidge would appreciate receiving a copy of your comments. The comments will be considered at the forthcoming meetings of the ISA in 2019.
3) [Spare berths] Spare berths are available at the upcoming US-China-German collaborative mapping and sampling cruise on-board RV Thomas G. Thomson to the Marion Rise on the SW Indian Ridge in February and March 2019. For more details, cruise objectives and contact information on this and other cruises, see the Marion Rise record in InterRidge Cruise Database.
4) [Cruise Bursaries] Early career ridge-crest scientists wishing to participate in research cruises may continuously apply for InterRidge Cruise Bursaries. Up to 2000 US$ will be awarded for travel and subsistence costs to facilitate cruise participation for students and post-docs having a clear role on the research cruise and not being part of the original research team.
5) [Jobs] Visit Jobs section on our website to see current job offers and training opportunities.
6) [Office]
We encourage all scientists to inform us about any cruise planned in the nearest future – please help us to keep alive the biggest database of ridge-crest cruises (more than 900 records from the last 40 years).

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InterRidge Info #16/2018 (12th September 2018)

1) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean] Registration and abstract submission are now closed – we expect about 70 participants to attend the meeting. Detailed program and information on travel awards will be provided during next days. We look forward to seeing you in Goa in November.
2) [Framing a successor program to IODP]The European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) organizes the workshop PROCEED – exPanding fROntiers of sCiEntific cEan Drilling – aiming at initiating concepts and defining new goals for a future international scientific ocean drilling program to be developed beyond 2023 as a successor to the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). Special emphasis will be on new science frontiers and technological developments in a multiple drilling platform approach. The workshop will be held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna (Austria), on 6-7 April 2019, before the 2019 EGU. Registration by email to ema@cerege.fr before 17 February 2019.
3) [ISA – Comments on Revised Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area] Members and Observers of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) as well as other Stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the revised draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1/Rev.1 and ISBA/24/C/20) by 30 September 2018. If you do so, please send us a copy of your comments. The comments will be considered at the forthcoming meetings of the ISA in 2019.
4) [ISA – Jobs and Training opportunities] China Ocean Mineral Resources Research & Development Association (COMRA) and Ocean Mineral Singapore Pte Ltd (OMS) are offering training opportunities to candidates from developing States under their 2019 Training Program. Click hereto see the list of 9 vacancies at the ISA.
5) [Discussion meeting in London] Scientific discussion meeting “Beyond Challenger: a new age of deep-sea science and exploration” is organized by Dr Kerry Howell, Professor Paul Tyler, Dr Alan Jamieson and Dr Bhavani Narayanaswamy at The Royal Society in London (UK) on 12-13 November 2018. More details and registration – click here.
6) [Note from the SCOR Annual Meeting] The 2018 Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Annual Meeting was held in Plymouth (UK) on 4-6 September 2018. InterRidge, being a SCOR-affiliated program, has been represented by its coordinator. The meeting was an opportunity to review all SCOR activities, approve new working groups, discuss on budget, elections and other activities for 2019, and vote on SCOR Constitution. See the SCOR websiteand a press note on the website of University of Plymouthfor any additional information.

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InterRidge Info #15/2018 (17th August 2018)

1) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean – last call to register] Registration to SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" (14-16 November 2018 in Goa, India) is closing on 25th of August 2018. Please consult the meeting brochure for abstract submission, accommodation, payment and other details. A new option for onsite payment has been added. A number of travel fellowships is offered based on the situation and motivation of the applicant.
2) [15th DSBS – last deadline for registration] The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium meeting will be held on 9-14 September 2018 in Monterey, California, USA. Last day for registration is on 24th August 2018.
3) [Jobs] The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Biology Department is currently searching for a Postdoctoral Investigator to join their team. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, and is eligible for benefits. WHOI is seeking a postdoctoral investigator to develop and analyze mathematical models describing the processes that generate patterns of species diversity observed at deep-sea hydrothermal vents. The team is particularly interested in how metacommunity processes- including dispersal, disturbance, and succession-interact to drive patterns of diversity. More details here.
4) [2018 SCOR Annual Meeting] The 2018 SCOR Annual Meeting will be held in Plymouth, UK on 4-6 September 2018. The meeting will review all SCOR activities and approve new SCOR working groups and other SCOR activities for 2019. InterRidge is affiliated to SCOR and will participate in the meeting. See the meeting website for additional information.

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InterRidge Info - Special Issue (10th August 2018)

[SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean - new deadline for registration] Due to several problems with international bank transfers, we would like to inform you that the deadline for registration to the SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" has been extended until 25th August 2018. For those who experienced any problems with the fee transfer, we propose a new option of "on-site payment" by cash in Indian Rupees (7000 INR = 100 USD) at the reception counter when you arrive at NIO for conference.

Please see the meeting brochure for more details concerning payment, accommodation, abstract submission and other practical information and register to the meeting as soon as possible.

We can still propose a limited number of travel fellowship (offered by SCOR and InterRidge) based on the the situation and motivation of the applicant. Please apply for travel fellowship when registering.

We look forward to seeing you in Goa in November!

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InterRidge Info #14/2018 (31th July 2018)

1) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean – register now] Registration to SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" (14-16 November 2018 in Goa, India) is closing on 10th of August, please register now. Please consult the meeting brochure for payment, accommodation, abstract submission and other details. To encourage the participation of young scientists we propose a number of travel fellowships offered by SCOR and InterRidge based on the situation and motivation of the applicant. Thanks for spreading this information to all the potentially interested scientists.
2) [New Caledonia Peridotite Amphibious Drilling Workshop – call for participation] New Caledonia Peridotite Amphibious Drilling Workshop will be held in Montpellier, France on 22-24 January 2019. This workshop aims at developing an amphibious ICDP/IODP proposal for drilling the onshore peridotite of New Caledonia and its offshore extension. It will engage senior and young scientists specialists in marine geology, tectonics, (bio-)geochemistry, and borehole (hydro-)geophysics with colleagues from georesource industries to facilitate synergies. It will focus on (1) the mechanisms driving the peridotite obduction and carbonate platform formation and (2) the present-day serpentinization and weathering processes and their impacts on mineral resources, renewable energies and life. Deadline for registration: 15th October 2018. For more details, please visit the workshop website.
3) [Final report from IR OTF Workshop] The final report from the Workshop of The InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transform Faults is now on-line. Click here to read the full text.
4) [New InterRidge Working Groups] The InterRidge Steering Committee has approved the creation of two new Working Groups on: (1) Mid-Ocean Ridge Islands and Seamounts and (2) Seafloor Massive Sulfides along Mid-Ocean Ridges. Both working groups are now working on their final organization following the recommendations of the Steering Committee. The first workshops should be organized within the next months. More details will be provided soon.
5) [24th annual session of the ISA] Following a first Council meeting in March, the second part of the 24th session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) took place in Kingston, Jamaica, between 16th and 26th July 2018. In the first week, a Council meeting discussed possible economic models for the exploitation of nodules; started addressing in detail the Revised Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area prepared by the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC) in the two preceding weeks but could not complete the goal - Council members, including observers, are requested to comment the Draft by 30th September 2018; responded a request for guidance by the LTC for further improvements of these Draft Regulations; and approved the Report of the Finance Committee and the Budget of the Authority. In the second week, the General Assembly discussed and approved the Report of the Secretary General, the Strategic Plan of the Authority for 2019-2023, the Report of the Finance Committee and the Budget of the Authority. Side events underlined the importance of Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMP), the need to consider other economic actors in the Area (e.g., cables), and recent technical developments to exploit the nodules in the Area, among others. The InterRidge co-chair participating the session presented InterRidge in several side events and made a statement supporting external evaluation of environmental reviews and monitoring, as proposed by Belgium, and offering to publicize any call by the Authority for independent experts within our community.
6) [ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research] The Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, Mr Michael Lodge, presented the inaugural edition of the ISA Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research to Dr. Diva Amon,a deep-sea biologist from Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Amon was cited for her extensive research and exploration experience at sea including ROV, AUV & submersibles cruises and for her involvement in several international projects designed to advance understanding of abyssal ecosystems and environmental impacts of human industrial activities in the deep sea. More information here.

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InterRidge Info #13/2018 (11th July 2018)

1) [24th annual session of the International Seabed Authority] The second part of 24th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) will be held in Kingston (Jamaica). InterRidge, as observer, will attend the Council and Assembly sessions from 16th to 27th July 2018. Continuation of the discussion on ”Draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” is a major point of the programme of work of the ISA Council. ISA Assembly will be working on the adoption of ”Strategic Plan of the International Seabed Authority for the Period 2019 – 2023”. The InterRidge will be represented by its co-chair Jérôme Dyment, feel free to contact him.
2) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean – registration open] Registration to SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" (14-16 November 2018 in Goa, India) is now open. Please see the meeting brochure for payment, accommodation, abstract submission and other details. A limited number of travel fellowship will be offered by SCOR and InterRidge based on the the situation and motivation of the applicant, followed by a first-come, first-served basis.
3) [Call for White Papers to Plan a 2019-2020 North Atlantic Ocean Exploration Campaign] The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is hosting a two-day workshop on 14-15 November 2018 in Washington D.C. metro area. The purpose of this workshop is to produce a plan for a series of multidisciplinary ocean exploration expeditions in the North Atlantic during a two-year period from 2019 to 2020. This Call for White Papers has been launched to solicit scientific rationales for exploration focused in subject areas and regions of the ASPIRE campaign in 2019-2020. The White Papers will be used to organize focused discussions at the workshop and should convey broad topical perspectives. For more information click here.
4) [AGU Fall Meeting 2018 – abstract submission] The next American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be held on 10-14 December 2018 in Washington D.C. The abstract submission is now open, the regular deadline is on 1st August 2018 (23:59 EDT), however you can be eligible to win a 100 US$ gift card by submitting your abstract before 25th July 2018 (23:59 EDT).
5) [Jobs] There are currently four offers in our Jobs section. Please, send us more of relevant offers to be spread within the InterRidge community.

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InterRidge Info – Special Issue (29th June 2018)

[SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean - registration open]

Registration for SCOR-InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" organized on 14-16 November 2018 in Goa (India) is now open. Scientists interested by these themes are invited to mark the dates and join the meeting.
Registration & Practical Information:
Please see the meeting
brochure for payment, accommodation, abstract submission and other practical information and register to the meeting starting from today! Deadline for registration: 10th August 2018. A limited number of travel fellowship will be offered by SCOR and InterRidge based on the the situation and motivation of the applicant, followed by a first-come, first-served basis. Please apply for travel fellowship when registering.
Goals:
The workshop will focus on the geological, geophysical, geochemical and physical aspects of the mid ocean ridges and the other geological features in the Indian Ocean and provide forum for exchange of ideas and results.
Both the Ridge community and the Marine Geology and Geophysics community are only marginally involved in the International Indian Ocean Expedition - 2 (IIOE-2) and therefore one of the major goal is to develop new international collaboration and programs on geology and geophysics of the Indian Ocean, under IIOE-2. The budget allocated by SCOR and InterRidge will mostly be used to allow students, young scientists, or other scientists to participate.
Themes:
The following seven themes cover the main peculiarities of the Indian Ocean ridges and geology:
1) Indian Ocean mid-ocean ridges: hydrothermalism, fragile ecosystem, and deep-sea mining exploration
2) Indian Ocean mid-ocean ridges: tectonics and magmatism in a wide range of spreading rates
3) Evolving lithosphere of the Indian Ocean: from mid-ocean ridges to basins to active or passive margins
4) Complex physical and geochemical aspects of the Indian Ocean mid-ocean ridge system
5) Aseismic ridges, oceanic plateaus, micro-continents and seamounts of the Indian Ocean
6) Implications of the collision and subduction on the complex history of the Indian Ocean
7) Submarine fans and sedimentation history in the Indian Ocean
Please see the meeting brochure for payment, accommodation, abstract submission and other details. Click here to register to the meeting.

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InterRidge Info #12/2018 (28th June 2018)

1) [InterRidge Steering Committee Meeting] The Steering Committee met on 20-21 June in the Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research in Bergen and discussed many aspects of the InterRidge activity. Decisions on all matters of importance for the program (working groups, scientific strategies, actions to be taken, procedures, budget…) have been taken. InterRidge Office is currently working on the report summarizing the discussions, decisions taken and activity of member countries. More details will be provided in the nearest future.
2) [New hydrothermal vents off the Azores] An international team of scientists has discovered a new hydrothermal field near the Gigante Seamount in the Azores. The team, including scientists from the EU Horizon 2020-funded project ATLAS, have been surveying the largely untouched seas of the Azores, an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic which harbours some of the most important deep-sea ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean. Researchers from the University of the Azores (IMAR–UAz) are leading Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations in the "Blue Azores" expedition organised by the Oceano Azul Foundation, in cooperation with the Waitt Foundation and National Geographic PRISTINE SEAS, and in partnership with the Regional Government of the Azores. For more information click here.
3) [AGU Fall Meeting 2018] The next American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting will be held on 10-14 December 2018 in Washington D.C. The abstract submission is now open, the regular deadline is on 1st August 2018 (23:59 EDT), however you can be eligible to win a 100 US$ gift card by submitting your abstract before 25th July 2018 (23:59 EDT).
4) [MinDeSEA - GeoERA Raw Materials Project]
The GeoERA is a networking program of the National and Regional Geological Surveys. The main objective of GeoERA is to contribute to the optimal use and management of the subsurface. Among the four Themes covered are Raw Materials, both on-shore and off-shore. In particular the GeoERA Raw Materials Project MinDeSEA might be of specific interest to the InterRidge community. MinDeSEA is led by the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME). GeoERA Kick-off Event will take place from the 3rd (public) to the 5thJuly 2018 at the Conference Center Bluepoint, in Brussels (Belgium).You are invited to register via this link.
5) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean]
Detailed information on SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" (14-16 November 2018, Goa, India) will be sent in a Special Issue of InterRidge Info. We are currently working on the last details.
6) [Jobs] There are two new offers in our Jobs section. Please, send to the Office the relevant offers to be spread within the InterRidge community.

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InterRidge Info #11/2018 (13th June 2018)

1) [IR Fellowships – deadline approaching] Applications for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships (of up to 5000 US$ each) should be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Office by 17th June 2018. More details here.
2) [IR Working Group – deadline
approaching] Proposals for new InterRidge Working Groups should be sent to the InterRidge Office by 17th June 2018. More details here.
3) [InterRidge Steering Committee Meeting] InterRidge Office is currently preparing the Steering Committee meeting which will take place on 20-22 June in the Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research in Bergen. You can still send your suggestion of an item to be discussed at the meeting to your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office. The IR Office is also waiting for short updates on the activities related to ridge science in your country.
4) [2018 SCOR Annual Meeting] The 2018 SCOR Annual Meeting will be held in Plymouth, UK on 4-6 September 2018, followed by tours of local ocean science institutions on 7 September. The meeting will review all SCOR activities and approve new SCOR working groups and other SCOR activities for 2019. See the meeting Website for additional information.
5)
[ISA – Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area] The Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority has released the advance and unedited text (English only) of theDraft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area (ISBA/24/LTC/WP.1). The revised draft incorporates the consideration of a number of requests addressed to the Legal & Technical Commission by the Council during the first part of the 24th Session in March 2018, comments by the Commission, and also reflects the responses from stakeholder submissions. The overall approach to the 11-part draft document has been to provide an improved structure and logical flow in the regulatory text with a better balance between the rights and obligations of contractors.
6) [Survey to identify and rank deep-sea ecological variables/indicators] Roberto Danovaro, Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Emanuela Fanelli and Jacopo Aguzzi are performing a survey to identify and rank the most relevant ecological variables/indicators (i.e. from microbes to megafauna) in order to set up a common standard approach for future monitoring studies in the deep sea. The survey aims also at clarifying the availability of appropriate sensors and monitoring technologies for gathering the information needed for a robust and sound management of deep-sea ecosystems. We believe that our community and your individual contribution could make the difference, and we are asking you to participate to the survey. The survey will take ca 10 minutes, and your results will be integrated and analysed with all others. We would like to include the names of those participating to the survey in the paper that will be prepared as "List of Experts that contributed to the prioritization of the variables". If you are willing to be part of this exercise, please fill in the questionnaire and then send us a message of confirmation so that we can include your name in the list.
Please, login in the following
this link. When requested, use the password: DEEPSEA The deadline for contributing is 18th June 2018.
Thank you in advance for your time and support.

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InterRidge Info #10/2018 (30th May 2018)

1) [SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on Indian Ocean] The SCOR - InterRidge Meeting on "Mid-Ocean Ridges and Other Geological Features of the Indian Ocean" will take place on 14-16 November, 2018, in Goa, India.
This meeting aims to encourage involvement of the Ridge and Marine Geology and Geophysics communities in the International Indian Ocean Expedition - 2 (IIOE-2). The budget allocated by SCOR and InterRidge will mostly be used to allow students, young scientists, or other scientists to participate, with special attention given to countries bounding the Indian Ocean and potentially involved in the IIOE-2.
The following seven themes cover the main peculiarities of the Indian Ocean ridges and geology. Scientists interested by these themes are invited to join the meeting and mark the dates. Further announcements regarding registration, abstract submission, and practical aspects will appear in a near future.
2) [Brief report from IR OTF Workshop] The first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transforms took place from 22nd to 24th May in Brest/Plouzané (France). The workshop was attended by 40 international scientistsfrom 7 specialities. Five attendants were supported by InterRidge travel bursaries: 3 from USA, 1 from China and 1 from Germany. Participants dedicated the first day and a half for oral presentations and poster session discussing the state of the art on transform faults (TF) and fracture zones (FZ) concerning all aspects of the mechanics, petrology, structure, morphology and dynamics of the system. The acronym Transform Fault System (TFS) has been proposed to identify the whole tectonic system from the active part to its prolongation into the drifting plates. Afterwards, the attendants discussed all aspects necessary to identify the key questions for a comprehensive understanding of TFS. Experiments were proposed on how to answer basic questions on imaging the TF to FZ transition and thermo-mechanical, compositional alteration and stress-strain relationships to constraint physical parameters that control the TFS evolution through time. A major point was to find appropriate target regions where to apply these experimental approaches. Two major outcomes of the workshop are: the need to systematically integrate modelers to the exploratory and experimental actions and the need for high frequency investigation of TFS over long time stretches. To achieve this aim, the participants propose to launch a call for white papers addressing the different aspects putting together integrated experimental and modeling approaches to the main TFS problematic. It also appears necessary to sustain the exchange in the community by dedicated workshops and/or sessions at AGU-EGU. The complete report will be published soon.
3) [IR Fellowships - reminder] Proposals for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships (of up to 5000 US$ each) should be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Office by 17th June 2018. More details here.
4) [IR Working Group - reminder] Proposals for new InterRidge Working Groups should be sent to the InterRidge Office by 17th June 2018. More details here.
5) [Global Seamounts Project - call for participation] Global Oceans, together with a Steering Committee and Science Advisory Committee of leading seamount and modeling scientists, has developed The Global Seamounts Project (GSP), a new multidisciplinary global expedition and research project designed to accelerate our understanding of complex ecosystem function and inter-connectivity on seamounts. GSP will survey a range of 18 seamounts in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean basins, over eighteen expeditions beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2023. The project will generate standardized sets of inter-calibrated, multidisciplinary field data over the survey range to develop a new ecosystem model for seamounts. The project, developed by a team of seamounts scientists and ecosystem modelers, is inviting scientists from a wide range of disciplines and regions to express interest in participating. For more information go to the project’s website.
6) [Office] In line with the new European Union regulation on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018, the InterRidge Office informs that if you wish to be removed from interridge-members mailing list, you can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the corresponding link in the footer of each InterRidge Info or by sending your request directly to the IR Coordinator.
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7) [Maintenance information] Due to programmed power cut, the InterRidge website, IR Vents Database and the mail server of IPGP will not be reachable starting from 6th June 2018 at 6PM CEST until 8th June 2018 at 9AM CEST. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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InterRidge Info #9/2018 (15th May 2018)

1) [InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2018] The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce the launch of call for Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2018. As part of InterRidge’s mission to promote international, collaborative, and interdisciplinary studies of oceanic spreading centers, we invite proposals for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships of up to 5000 US$ each. These Fellowships are designed to encourage international collaboration on any aspect of ridge-crest science by graduate students or postdoctoral researchers, fostering long-standing partnerships for their future careers. The Fellowships can be used for any field of ridge-crest research in line with the Third Decadal Plan (2014-2023) of InterRidge. These awards may be used, for instance, for cruise participation or laboratory work by adding an international dimension to the Fellow’s research.
In 2018 we may offer up to 6 IR Fellowships including 1 joint IR-ISA Endowment Fund Fellowship. Fellowships funded by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Endowment Fund are open either to graduate students or postdocs from developing countries, or to young scientists from any other country if the application demonstrates that it will benefit ridge-related science in developing countries.
All application materials are to be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Coordinator by 17th June 2018. More details on IR Student Fellowships.
2) [Call for proposals of new InterRidge Working Groups] The InterRidge WGs play an essential role in promoting, facilitating, and coordinating new researches that focus on a theme of emerging scientific promise or are conducted in a unique geographic setting along global ridge-crests. Such researches should significantly benefit from the InterRidge coordination. A typical WG is coordinated by two co-chairs and gathers about ten active members reflecting the national and disciplinary diversity of InterRidge. The WGs work closely with the InterRidge Steering Committee and the InterRidge Office. They convene group meetings and community-wide workshops, promote and coordinate new cruises, experiments, and related work.
Proposals should be no more than two page-long and describe the WG objectives, importance and timeliness to ridge-related science, available and required means, and expected achievements. The new WGs should substantially differ in objective from the existing or former WGs (see the InterRidge Working Groups). Each proposal should have at least four proponents from at least three InterRidge member countries.
Successful proposals will receive support from the InterRidge Office and funding for up to two workshops (10000 USD/workshop). This invitation is open to the whole international community. This year, cross-disciplinary proposals in biology will be given special attention. All proposals will be reviewed and the new WGs will be appointed by the InterRidge Steering Committee at its next meeting. Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the InterRidge Office by 17th June 2018.
3) [Final program of the IR OTF Workshop in Brest] Please find enclosed a final program of the workshop.
4) [15th DSBS – deadlines] The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium meeting will be held from 9th to 14th September 2018 in Monterey, California, USA. Abstract submission (posters only) and regular registration close on 25th May 2018.
5) [Office] The IR Office is still waiting for short updates on the activities related to ridge science in your country, for information of the Steering Committee and inclusion in the next issue of InterRidge News. Please contact your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office. Thanks for updates received so far!

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InterRidge Info #8/2018 (26th April 2018)

1) [InterRidge Workshop on Oceanic Transform Faults] Forty-nine scientists have registered to the InterRidge Workshop on Oceanic Transform Faults held from 22nd to 24th May 2018 in Brest/Plouzané (France). The lists of participants and of keynote speakers are on-line, please visit the workshop website to find the most important information.
The Organizing Committee has awarded five travel grants to encourage the participation of young scientists. Congratulations to:
Thomas Morrow, PhD student in geophysics at University of Idaho (USA)
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Cécile Prigent, post-doc in petrology at University of Delaware (USA)
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Emily Roland, scientist in geophysics at University of Washington (USA)
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Christopher Schmidt, PhD student in hydrothermalism/fluids at GEOMAR (Germany)
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Fan Zhang, post-doc in geophysics at Southern University of Science and Technology (China).
2) [
IR Steering Committee meeting] The InterRidge Steering Committee is an assembly of representatives from the Principal and Regular Member Nations of InterRidge. Principal Member Countries have two voting representatives while Regular Member Countries have one. Each Corresponding Member Country has a national correspondent who is welcome as observer at the annual Steering Committee meeting. Working Group Leaders are also invited at the meetings to report on their activity. The Steering Committee monitors the activity of the InterRidge Office and decides on all matters of importance for the program (scientific strategies, actions to be taken, procedures, budget…) that the Office will execute.
This year, the Steering Committee meeting will take place in Bergen (Norway) on 20 – 22 June. Thanks to Norwegian team for their
invitation. The list of items to be discussed at the meeting is now open and you are encouraged to send your suggestions to your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office.
3)
[Call for Review of 2018 SCOR Working Group Proposals] Nine working group proposals have been submitted for consideration at the annual SCOR meeting in 2018 (see proposals here). SCOR welcomes input from national SCOR committees, partner organizations, and any other groups and individuals interested in sending comments.
The specific instructions are available in the
Call for WG Proposals. Comments are due by 1st August 2018. Decisions on which group(s) will be funded will be made at the SCOR annual meeting from 4thto 7th September 2018 in Plymouth, UK. Please contact Ed Urban if you have any questions about this process.
4) [Call for Applications for Pool of Experts for World Ocean Assessment-II]
The UN World Ocean Assessment-II (WOA-II) is looking for applications for its Pool of Experts. These individuals will help draft the sections of the WOA-II. The application form and list of topics for which expertise is needed can be found here. The deadline for the first round of nominations is 30th April 2018.
5) [Office] The IR Office is waiting for short updates on the activities related to ridge science in your country, for information of the Steering Committee and inclusion in the next issue of InterRidge News. Please contact your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office.

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InterRidge Info #7/2018 (10th April 2018)

1) [IIOE2] The Steering Committee Annual Meeting of the International Indian Ocean Expedition-2 has taken place in Jakarta, Indonesia, between 18th and 23rd March 2018. After 3 years, the IIOE2 has already achieved quite a lot, more specifically in the field of physical oceanography. More involvement is expected from other communities, including the Marine Geosciences and Deep-Sea Biology and Ecology, during the next two years of the program and its expected 5 years extension. SCOR and InterRidge will convene a joint meeting on the Indian Ocean, tentatively planned for mid-November 2018. Stay tuned for more info soon.
2) [2018 SCOR Annual Meeting] The next annual meeting of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) will be held between 4th and 7th of September 2018 in Plymouth (UK) at the Plymouth University Marine Station. SCOR annual meetings are open to any participant wishing to support their own attendance. The purpose of the meetings is to make it possible for national SCOR committees and partner organizations to assemble once per year to learn of SCOR accomplishments in the past year, to oversee the work of SCOR, and to approve new working groups and the SCOR budget for the coming year. SCOR meetings also provide an opportunity for international marine science projects and organizations to provide updates about their current work and plans for the future. InterRidge is affiliated to SCOR and will be represented at the next meeting.
Registration is now open. More information on the meeting’s website.
3) [New resource: Ocean+ Data] Ocean+ Data is an on-line library of 183 ocean-related data resources, launched by United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) to support informed decision-making for ocean conservation. Ocean+ Data provides an overview of global marine and coastal data resources of biodiversity importance, as well as datasets of regional interest. It lists datasets, databases and data portals from a range of international scientific sources, and explains what these datasets show, how they can be used, their limitations and access details. Ocean+ Data can be used to identify resources to support, among other things, marine spatial planning, environmental impact assessments, and education and ocean literacy.
Access Ocean+ Data here: http://wcmc.io/oceandata
Created as part of the Ocean+ Initiative, funded by the Proteus Partnership in collaboration with UNEP-WCMC, Ocean+ Data will be updated bi-annually, with suggestions and contributions welcome at any time. Please contact Juliette Martin for more information.
4) [OTF Workshop – deadline approaching] The deadline for the registration for the first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group onOceanic Transforms in Brest/Plouzané (France) is 20thApril 2018.
5) [GRC on Ocean Biogeochemistry] The next Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry will be held in July 2018 in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There will also be an associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Ocean Biogeochemistry for early-career researchers.The conference has a strong focus on the biogeochemistry and socio-economic aspects of hydrothermal vents, Mineral Deposits at the Deep-Sea Floor as well as a full afternoon session on Hydrothermal and Deep-Seafloor Systems with Brandy Toner and Antje Boetius giving invited talks.
Dates and program of the GRC: 8th – 13th July 2018
Dates and program of the GRS: 7th – 8th July 2018
Because all GRCs are limited to a maximum of 200 participants, scientists interested in participating in the GRC or the GRS and GRC are invited to apply early. Deadline for applications is 10th June 2018.
6) [Jobs] Applications are invited for two posts at the national Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK. For more information visit our Jobs section.
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InterRidge Info #6/2018 (27th March 2018)

1) [IR workshop – deadlines & info] The deadline for the registration for the first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transforms in Brest/Plouzané (France) is 20th April 2018. The deadline for application submissions to the Young Scientist Travel Support has been fixed on 31st March 2018. The received applications will be evaluated during the first week of April and the results will be announced immediately. We remind that the grants are intended to help with the travel expenses but will not cover the entire travel costs. More information on hotels and travel to Brest can be found here.
2) [Research Topic “Pacific Deep-Sea Discoveries: Geological and Biological Exploration, Patterns, and Processes”] In collaboration with the Deep-Sea Environments and Ecology section of Frontiers in Marine Science, Diva Amon, William Chadwick, Stephen Hammond and Randi Rotjan (host editors) are organizing a Research Topic “Pacific Deep-Sea Discoveries: Geological and Biological Exploration, Patterns, and Processes”. The aim of this project is to bring together international experts to provide a comprehensive view of the recent exploration, information, discoveries, and research findings from the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean.
If you would like to contribute, please submit your abstract for evaluation by the Topic Editors by 1st May 2018. Manuscripts are due by 7th January 2019. More information about this project can be found here.
3) [15th DSBS – deadlines] The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposiumis the main event for the Deep-Sea Biology Society, and takes place every three years. The 15th Deep-Sea Biology Symposium is supported by the Deep-Sea Biology Society and co-hosted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The 15th meeting will be held from 9th to 14th September 2018 in Monterey, California, USA. Abstract submission, travel award applications and early registration close on 30th March 2018.
4) [2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) in Marine Microbes] The theme of the 2018 Marine Microbes GRC is "Elucidating Microbial Processes Across Spatial and Temporal Scales". The meeting will take place from 1
st to 6th July 2018 in Lucca (Italy). This GRC will discuss research initiatives aimed at interrogating, interpreting and integrating microbial processes that shape, connect and control ecosystem interactions and biogeochemical cycles and help to put the "form, flow and function" of microbial genes, activities and processes in an Earth system context. Applications for this GRC meeting must be submitted by June 3, 2018.
This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Marine Microbes" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted byMarch 30, 2018. Applications for participation to this GRS meeting must be submitted by June 2, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become full before the deadlines.
5) [ECORD Facility Board of the IODP – call for applications] 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 International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) mission-specific platform (MSP) expeditions, operated by ECORD. The new members are expected to serve for three years, starting 1st January 2019. Deadline for applications is on 7th May 2018. Click here for more information.
6) [Propose your session to the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting] The Fall Meeting Program Committee invites you to submit session proposals that elevate understanding of the ways that our science is evolving. Scientific advances that contribute to the health and welfare of people worldwide, that spur innovation within and beyond our fields of study, and that inform decisions critical to the sustainability of the Earth are of particular interest. In brief, proposals that support this year’s theme: What Science Stands For. Propose your session by 18
th April 2018. Click here for more details.

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InterRidge Info #5/2018 (13th March 2018)

1) [Review by IR WG connectivity] InterRidge Working Group on Ecological Connectivity and Resilience, chaired by Anna Metaxas and Lauren Mullineaux, has recently published a review entitled "Exploring the Ecology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents in a Metacommunity Framework" in Frontiers in Marine Science. Congratulations to authors for this thorough review of current knowledge and gaps on the mechanisms supporting the stability of vent meta-communities, of high relevance to the assessment of impacts at regional scales and design of protection plans! Click here to read the full text.
2) [24th annual session of the ISA] Nadine Le Bris and Jérôme Dyment, co-chairs of InterRidge, attended the 24th Session of the Council of International Seabed Authority that took place in Kingston on 5-9 March 2018, preceding a session of the Legal and Technical Commission (LTC). The revised schedule of ISA meetings implies that the Council will have a second meeting this year on 16-20 July, following the meetings of the LTC and ahead of the General Assembly annual meeting (23-27 July).
The primary foci of the meeting were the development of Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs) (ISBA/24/C/3) and the formulation of advices to the LTC regarding the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3*). Workshops involving all stakeholders will be held in 2018 on REMPs in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Indian Ocean triple junction, and the Clarion-Clipperton nodule area in the Pacific. As a fundamental principle, the draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resource in the area should reflect the provision of the UNCLOS. Discussions in informal mode focused on the economic, environmental, and legal aspects of the draft, with a special attention given to the comments sent by the stakeholders (ISBA/24/C/CRP.1).
The InterRidge observer status allowed to emphasize the importance of up-to-date knowledge bases, interdisciplinary integration and international cooperation as proposed by InterRidge in supporting best available evidence and expertise for the assessment of risks, elaboration of norms and management plans in this context. InterRidge reminded the Council "the crucial need of fundamental knowledge to answer questions on the vulnerability of ecosystems, the scales and intensity of environmental perturbations, the cumulative impacts of climate change and exploitation. This should involve all willing research teams, beyond those associated with the permit holders".
3) [IR Fellowships and Cruise Bursaries] The applications for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship of Julia Machon, Inmaculada Frutos and Guangyu Xu have been accepted for funding. The application of Thomas N. Guigère for the InterRidge Cruise Bursaries has also been validated by the Steering Committee.
4) [IR workshop - reminder] Advanced PhD and first year post-doctoral researchers are invited to apply for grants helping with travel expenses to reach the first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transform Faults. The workshop will be held from 22nd to 24th May 2018 at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) in Brest (France). All participants are invited to register here.
5) [4th WCMB – early bird registration deadline] The early bird registration deadline for the 4th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity to be held from 13th to 16th May 2018 in Montréal has been extended to 16th March 2018.
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InterRidge Info #4/2018 (20th February 2018)

1) [IR workshop] The first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transform Faults will be held from 22nd to 24th May 2018 at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) in Brest (France). The first day will be dedicated to keynote talks about transform faults, fracture zones and related topics. The second day will split the participants into different round tables to discuss the state of the art and the main scientific questions and strategies to address them in the near future. The third day will allow a general discussion and the writing of the workshop recommendations. The final program will be available soon.
Young scientists participation is encouraged by a limited number of grants helping with the travel expenses. Advanced PhD and first year post-doctoral researchers are invited to apply to the grants through the registration form.
All participants are invited to register here.
Feel free to contact the WG coordinators for further information: Marcia Maia, Daniele Brunelli and Barry Hanan
2) [Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals] SCOR is now accepting proposals for new SCOR Working Groups. Proposals are due by 12:00 PM UCT on 16th April 2018. Proposals will be posted on the 2018 SCOR Annual Meeting Website and open to review by national SCOR committees and others until 1st August 2018. Decisions about which proposals will be funded will be made at the annual SCOR meeting on 4 – 6 September 2018 and new groups will start in 2019.
3) [InterRidge Session at the GeoBonn 2018 meeting] The Geo(Bonn) is the annual meeting of the German geoscientific societies. This year, the meeting takes place on 2-6th September in Bonn, Germany. The special session 2A: "InterRidge: Multidisciplinary research on oceanic ridges" is co-organized by Philipp A. Brandl (GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel) and Wolfgang Bach (MARUM, Universität Bremen). Click here for more information about themes and sessions. The abstract online submission is open until 15th May 2018.
4) [Results of vote on the CBE7 venue] CBE6 organizers, Deep-Sea Biology Society & InterRidge are happy to announce that the 7th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE7) in 2020 will take place in Guarujá, Brazil! Thanks to everyone who has voted.
5) [Other meetings and conferences]
A) The Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute is organizing an International Workshop: “Marine Mineral Resources of Continental Shelf and Deep Ocean Floor - current stage of knowledge and perspectives” that will take place on 18 – 21 September 2018 in Gdańsk (Poland). The deadline both for registration and abstract submission is on 16th April 2018.
B) The 47th Underwater Mining Conference is presented by the International Marine Minerals Society in partnership with the K.G. Jensen Centre for Deep Sea Research at the University of Bergen and Global Centres of Expertise (GCE) Subsea. The conference will take place on 10 – 14 September 2018 in Grieghallen, Bergen (Norway). Abstract Deadline: 30th April 2018.
C) The Third Edition of the European Mantle Workshop - EMAW2018 will be held on 26 – 28 June 2018 in the University of Pavia (Italy). Registration and abstract submission to EMAW2018 is now open.
6) [Jobs] There are some new posts in our Jobs section.
7) [Office] The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community (>1700 subscribers!), via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.

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InterRidge Info #3/2018 (6th February 2018)

1) [24th annual session of the ISA] The 24th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) will be held in Kingston (Jamaica) in two parts in March and July 2018. InterRidge, as observer, will attend the Council session from 5th to 9th March 2018. Discussion on ”Draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” is a major point of the programme of work of the ISA Council during its next meeting.
The Secretariat of the ISA has recently released the submissions from member States and other stakeholders to the “Draft regulations on exploitation of mineral resources in the Area” (ISBA/23/LTC/CRP.3* (external link)) issued by the Secretariat on 25 August 2017, including responses to the list of questions contained in document ISBA/23/C/12. The submissions are currently being analyzed by the Secretariat with a view to preparing a report for consideration by the Council and the Legal and Technical Commission at their forthcoming meetings.
2) [European Parliament Calls for a Moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining] While the ISA drafts regulations to govern the mining of the ocean for valuable minerals, the European Parliament has called for a ban on seabed mining until the environmental impacts and risks of disturbing unique deep-sea ecosystems are understood. Click here to read the article.
3) [IR workshop] The first workshop of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transform Faults will be held from 22nd to 24th May 2018 at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) in Brest (France). More details will be provided soon on our website. Feel free to contact the WG coordinators for further information: Marcia Maia, Daniele Brunelli & Barry Hanan.
4) [IR Working Group on mid-ocean ridge islands and seamounts - invitation] An InterRidge Working Group is currently being proposed on seamounts and volcanic islands located close to mid-ocean ridges. This will address a wide range of science and practical questions that range from solid earth to biology. At the moment, the group includes researchers studying the Azores, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha and the Foundation Seamounts. We would now like to invite participation in this group by international researchers studying other seamount or islands lying near mid-ocean ridges in the Pacific, Indian and other oceanic areas, as well as those areas mentioned.
The WG intends to hold an initial workshop in Lisbon, after exploratory discussions at the forthcoming EGU meeting in Vienna. Click here to see a preliminary set of questions to be addressed, which will be refined or enlarged by the working group participants. Please get in touch with Neil Mitchell if interested.
5) [Vote on the venue for the CBE7] A new 3-year cycle will place the next CBE meeting in 2020. CBE6 Organizers, Deep-Sea Biology Society & InterRidge have announced three applications to host the next meeting: Guarujá (Brazil), Wellington (New Zealand) and Horta (Azores, Portugal).
Please return your vote on where to host the 7th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE7) by midnight GMT on 16th February 2018. Your email address is used only to prevent multiple votes, and will not be published with your vote.
6) [Human Impacts in the Deep Sea – Session at IMCC5] The International Marine Conservation Congress will take place between 24th and 29th June 2018 in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysia). The goal of the “Human Impacts in the Deep Sea Session” is to have a representation of diverse perspectives from around the world. International and early career scientists, as well as students, are also highly encouraged to submit abstracts. If you have any questions about this symposium session or would like to submit an abstract for presentation, please get in touch with Diva Amon or Andrew Thaler. Abstract submission is open until 16th March 2018.
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InterRidge Info #2/2018 (23rd January 2018)

1) [Joint InterRidge-SCOR Workshop on the Indian Ocean Ridges] Following an invitation by SCOR (Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research), the InterRidge Steering Committee has decided to support the organization of the Joint InterRidge-SCOR Workshop on the Indian Ocean Ridges. Discussions with SCOR on the workshop organization are currently starting.
The Indian Ocean offers many scientific prospects for the ridge community. The ultraslow spreading SWIR remains the focus of cutting edge researches on poorly magmatic seafloor spreading after having been opened to science by InterRidge in the 1990s. The intermediate SEIR has been the playground for major experiments on the mantle geochemistry variability and the transition between dome (EPR-type) and axis (MAR-type) styles of spreading. The slow CIR is cut by major transform faults on a large part and remains a natural laboratory for distant ridge-hotspot interactions. All three ridges are the focus of hydrothermal exploration as well, with 4 out of 6 exploration permits on seafloor massive sulfides delivered by ISA so far. To this should be added the first observation of unique hydrothermal species adaptation and the recognition of its unique biogeographic distribution patterns, with promises of major discoveries as the biological exploration expands.
As all InterRidge member countries have recently had experiments on the Indian ridges, this meeting will be a great opportunity to share results and discuss opportunities of collaboration to go further, with the help of the Second International Indian Expedition (IIOE) which has started in 2017 but lacks involvement of the ridge community (both geosciences and biology-ecology). The meeting may take place in Fall 2018, details will be announced soon.
2) [Vote on the venue for the 7th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE7)] A new 3-year cycle will place the next CBE meeting in 2020. CBE6 Organizers, Deep-Sea Biology Society & InterRidge are pleased to announce three applications to host the meeting:
1. Guarujá, Brazil. Institutional host: Oceanographic Institute, University of São Paulo
2. Wellington, New Zealand. Institutional host: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
3. Horta, Azores. Institutional host: University of Azores
You are invited to vote on where to host the 7th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE7). Please return your vote by midnight GMT on 16th February 2018. Please note your email address is used only to prevent multiple votes, and will not be published with your vote.
3) [IR Cruise Bursary] InterRidge supports Cruise Bursaries to help early career ridge-crest scientists to participate in mid-ocean ridge research cruises. Last year, the organizers of Cocos-Nazca Rift Cruise have offered 2 to 5 spare berths for early-career scientists wishing to join this cruise. Having received many applications, InterRidge will fund two cruise bursaries for Dominik Zawadzki from Poland and for Elvira Latypova from Russia. Bursaries are awarded for travel and subsistence costs required to join the cruise.
4) [Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry] The next Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Ocean Biogeochemistry will be held in July 2018 in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There will also be an associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Ocean Biogeochemistry for early-career researchers. The topic of the July 2018 GRC and GRS will be Biogeochemistry of Marine Interfaces.
Dates and program of the conference, GRC: 8th – 13th July 2018
Dates and program of the seminar, for early-career researchers, GRS: 7th – 8th July 2018
Because all GRCs are limited to a maximum of 200 participants, scientists interested in participating in the GRC or the GRS and GRC are invited to apply early, even before the opening of registration on 9th February 2018.
5) [Anne Warner Research Fellow] Applications are invited for the endowed Anne Warner Research Fellowship in the area of Cell and Molecular Biology of Marine Organisms. The Marine Biological Association (MBA), a leading-edge independent marine research institute, has supported the experimental work of many Research Fellows over the past 125 years. The MBA’s current research groups are made up of world-leading marine biologists tackling important questions facing our marine environment. The MBA wish to appoint to this Fellowship an outstanding scientist seeking to develop an independent research group that will complement existing research strengths.
The closing date for applications is 19th February 2018.

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InterRidge Info #1/2018 (9th January 2018)

1) [Working Groups met at AGU Fall Meeting] Last AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans, with an attendance of more than 23000 participants, was an opportunity for many InterRidge members to meet and exchange new ideas. Members of two InterRidge Working Groups have organized meetings. Members of the InterRidge Working Group on Circum-Antarctic Ridges met to discuss future plans. Members of the InterRidge Working Group on Oceanic Transforms convened their first meeting to summarize the goals and pending actions following creation of the WG at the last InterRidge Steering Committee meeting. The participants discussed the opportunity of having a first workshop in Spring 2018. The workshop date will be soon announced after consulting the absent WG members.
2) [UNGA Adopts Resolutions on Oceans]
In December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted two resolutions that aim to advance implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and support the conservation and management of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks and marine life in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). Member States also discussed an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS, and other documents related to the law of the sea. The UNGA also designated 2021-2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to enhance international cooperation on research and scientific programmes to better manage ocean and coastal zone resources and reduce maritime risks. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will lead the campaign. Click here for more information.
3) [CBE7 – last call for organizers of the next meeting]
International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems is switching to a 3-year cycle. The next meeting (CBE7) will be held in 2020. Groups interested in hosting the next CBE meeting are now invited to submit their proposals in the form of a 2-page document that describes the proposed venue, anticipated range of costs, anticipated dates and number of delegates, benefits of hosting the meeting in the proposed venue, and any other relevant information. The proposals will be collected and made available online for a vote by the community. The proposals should be submitted to cbe2017@whoi.edu by 15th January 2018.
4) [Other meetings]
NASA will be sponsoring the 3rd Ocean Worlds meeting, held on 21-24 May 2018, at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association (USRA) in Houston (Texas, USA). The theme of the meeting will be on rock-water interactions and their potential to host chemosynthetic life. As such, the meeting Chair and host, Dr Louise Prockter (LPI Director) as well as NASA HQ program managers, are keen to solicit active participation from among all relevant components of the Ocean Science community - from subseafloor geophysics via the seabed to ocean biogeochemistry and microbiology.
Deadline for expressions of interest: 12th January 2018. Abstracts submissions: 7th March 2018.
To learn more and register your interest please visit the
conference website.
5) [Happy New Year]
At this beginning of the year 2018, we wish to all the members of InterRidge community a very happy new year, hoping to see you joining our efforts in the promotion of mid-ocean ridge research.
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Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at
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