Calling for additional scientific information regarding active vents on the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge to support ISA workshop on regional environmental management plan in this region

Dear colleagues,

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) convened a workshop on “Regional Environmental Management Plan for the area of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge” in November 2019 in Évora, Portugal (See for the details of the workshop). During the workshop break-out session, the “active vent group”, reviewed and compiled the relevant scientific  information to describe active vent sites as Sites in Need of Protection relating to Article 145 of the Convention (see Appendix 1-1 of Annex IX of the report of this workshop

Award for an outstanding PhD thesis on ophiolites

To commemorate human and scientific contributions of Prof. Pietro Passerini (University of Florence, Italy), the journal Ofioliti - published by the Working Group on Mediterranean Ophiolites (GLOM) - offers an award of EUR 5,000 for the best PhD Thesis on ophiolite topics, financed by the Passerini family.

Final report from the Workshop on Regional Environmental Management Plan for the Area

The final report from the Workshop on Regional Environmental Management Plan for the Area of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR), organized by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in collaboration with

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO Survey: Early Career Ocean Professionals

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 is a critical opportunity to galvanise transformative actions for the ocean we need for the future we want.

Transition of the InterRidge Office to Korea

Year 2019 has been very active for InterRidge, with the organization of three workshops (Workshop on Integrated Multidisciplinary Observations in Vent Environments – IMOVE, in Bergen, Norway; Workshop on Hydrothermal Ore-forming Processes and the Fate of Seafloor Massive Sulfides Deposits along Slow and Ultraslow Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges, in Hangzhou, China; Workshop on Seamounts and Islands Associated With Mid-Ocean Ridges, in Lisbon, Portugal) and the Theoretical Institute "Hydrothermalism in 4D: current challenges and emer

Crowdfunding for SCOR Visiting Scholars Program

The SCOR Committee on Capacity Building is in the process of evaluating applications for the 2020 class of SCOR Visiting Scholars. As usual, we have more good applications than the funds available. We should be able to support 5 Visiting Scholars in 2020 from traditional sources. For the past several years, we have supported part of a sixth Visiting Scholar through crowdfunding.

HACON expedition to Gakkel Ridge

HACON (Hot Vents in an Ice-Covered Ocean) is the first full-scale multidisciplinary investigation of deep (4000 m) hydrothermal vents under permanent ice cover in the Arctic, investigating the Aurora vent field (82.5°N) in the Gakkel Ridge. The expedition is organized between 19 September and 16 October 2019 on board R/V Kronprins Haakon. Follow the HACON expedition.

Session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting on Shaping Slow- and Ultraslow-Spreading Seafloor with Faults, Magma, and Fluids.

Shaping Slow- and Ultraslow-Spreading Seafloor with Faults, Magma, and Fluids. Session ID: 82795

Session Description:

IODP Exp 390 & 393 - South Atlantic Transect

The proponents of an upcoming IODP drilling project encourage you to apply to join the science parties for the IODP South Atlantic Transect Expeditions (Expedition 390, 5 Oct – 5 Dec 2020 and Expedition 393, 6 Apr – 6 June 2021). These joint expeditions comprise a multidisciplinary drilling project that aims to recover complete sedimentary sections and ~200 m of oceanic crust along a crustal age transect at ~31°S across the South Atlantic.  

Session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting on Magmatic Processes and Crustal Accretion at Mid-Ocean Ridges

V030 - Magmatic Processes and Crustal Accretion at Mid-Ocean Ridges

MoMARSAT Cruise 2019 June 10 to July 4

The MoMARSAT2019 cruise on the N/O Pourquoi pas? using the HOV Nautile is the yearly maintenance cruise of the EMSO Azores deep-sea observatory on the Lucky Strike hydrothermal vent field and will take place from 10 June to 4 July 2019.

Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative by the Moore Foundation

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is launching a new area of research, the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative. Over the next nine years, the foundation will invest $140 million to support development of new tools, theory and concepts about aquatic symbioses and to bring different research communities together to learn how symbioses involving microorganisms function, evolve and serve critical ecosystem roles in marine and freshwater environments.

Proposal of draft exploitation regulations released by ISA Legal and Technical Commission

The Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabedauthority (ISA) has released an updated proposal of Draft Regulations on Exploitation of Mineral Resources in the Area.

ISA has led several rounds of global stakeholder consultation over the last five years to develop the draft exploitation regulations, which will regulate exploitation of deep-sea minerals in a way that supports the commercial recovery of seafloor mineral resources with effective protection for the marine environment.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Federal Funding Opportunity for Ocean Exploration

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is soliciting ocean exploration proposals to address knowledge gaps and support growth in the Nation's Blue Economy and/or to contribute to Seabed 2030 goals. Proposals are being requested on the following three topics:

Call for bids to host the next InterRidge Office, 2020-2022

In January 2020 the InterRidge Office is due to rotate under the appointment of a new Chair. All interested Members of InterRidge are invited to submit bids to host the new office and nominations for the new Chair.