The InterRidge Info 2018 Archive

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.
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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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