Date: September 26-27, 2017
Location: Denver, Colorado
Steering Committee Members: Beth Christensen (Adelphi University, Co-Chair), John Jaeger (University of Florida, Co-Chair), Jennifer Biddle (University of Delaware), Cara Burberry (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Gail Christeson (University of Texas, Austin), Rob Harris (Oregon State University), Mark Reagan (University of Iowa), Rebecca Robinson (University of Rhode Island), Jason Sylvan (Texas A&M University) and Debbie Thomas (Texas A&M University)
Application Due Date: June 2, 2017
Application information can be found here.
In preparation for the 2018 NSF presentation to the National Science Board seeking renewal of the JOIDES Resolution facility (JR), the U.S. IODP scientific community will convene a workshop to review and assess the role of the JR in meeting the challenges of the 2013-2023 IODP Science Plan, Illuminating Earth’s Past, Present and Future. This assessment will focus on the period beginning with the start of the International Ocean Discovery Program (Expedition 349 in January 2014) and include both an inventory of facility accomplishments and an identification of specific Science Plan challenges that require the continued use of the JR to meet. As part of this effort, a survey was conducted to solicit feedback from the IODP community on individual experiences with and priorities for the facility.
The workshop aim is to provide community guidance to the NSF via a white paper as it prepares its request to the National Science Board for continued support of the JR to conduct the current IODP Science Plan. The online community survey results will provide the primary dataset for review by the community representatives at the workshop. Groups representing each of the four IODP research themes will consider the 14 scientific challenges in light of:
The meeting will be held September 26-27, 2017 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Steering Committee members will begin development of the Workshop Report (a white paper) on September 28.
Details related to lodging and workshop travel will be provided to invited workshop participants.
A preliminary workshop agenda can be found here.
Please proceed to the USSSP Application Portal to submit an online application to participate in the workshop. The application consists of contact information, background questions and three short statements describing: 1) your history in IODP; 2) your qualifications to contribute to the JOIDES Resolution facility assessment; and 3) what you see as your role in the future of IODP. The application deadline is June 2, 2017.
Applications are encouraged from all members of the U.S. scientific ocean drilling community, from senior researcher to graduate student, who can provide necessary context to the survey results and contribute to the resulting white paper. Participants with a desire to aid future planning through discussion of research opportunities for the JR that have developed since the start of the current Science Plan are particularly welcome.
Workshop participants will be selected from the applications by the U.S. Advisory Committee for Scientific Ocean Drilling (USAC) and the Workshop Steering Committee. In addition to identifying representatives from all four Science Plan themes, the selection process will aim to achieve balance among career level, experience, and institutional affiliation. It is anticipated that 50-60 applicants will be invited to attend, exclusive of the Steering Committee. Invitations to attend the workshop will be sent in early July.
This workshop is funded by the U.S. Science Support Program (USSSP), which will provide travel support to all U.S.-based participants.