NEXT: Scientific Ocean Drilling Beyond 2023

Time: May 6-7, 2019


Location: Denver, Colorado



Workshop Steering Committee:

  • Anthony Koppers (co-chair, Oregon State University)
  • Jim Wright (co-chair, Rutgers University)
  • Cara Burberry (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  • Beth Christensen (Rowan University)
  • Gail Christeson (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Patrick Fulton (Cornell University)
  • Sean Gulick (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Dave Mallinson (East Carolina University)
  • Ken Miller (Rutgers University)
  • Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory)
  • Ross Parnell-Turner (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)
  • Sandra Passchier (Montclair State University)
  • Brandi Reese (Texas A&M, Corpus Christi)
  • Becky Robinson (University of Rhode Island)
  • Kristen St. John (James Madison University)
  • Carl Brenner (ex-officio, USSSP, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory)
  • Clive Neal (ex-officio, JRFB, University of Notre Dame)


Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2019


Questions?: Contact Anthony Koppers or Jim Wright with questions about the workshop. Contact USSSP with questions about support.

The NEXT workshop will convene approximately 120 IODP community members to develop the U.S. plan for continued scientific ocean drilling without a hiatus at the end of the current program. Progress is being made on plans to replace the aging JOIDES Resolution with a modernized, more capable non-riser drilling vessel to help accommodate the transition to a long-term future in scientific ocean drilling.


The goals of this workshop are to: (1) update existing scientific challenges and identify new challenges to be included in a post-2023 science plan; and (2) identify and prioritize the required technologies and platform needs to enable the scientific ocean drilling research community to address those challenges in a new ocean drilling program. The end product will be a document that will be shared with our international partners and the National Science Foundation. This workshop report will also serve to inform other stakeholders such as the deans or directors of our research institutions and our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress.

The meeting will be held May 6-7, 2019 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Approximately 90-100 U.S. and 20-30 international participants will be invited.

Interested U.S. researchers should apply through the USSSP Application Portal. The application form requires brief responses (≤ 500 words) to each of the following questions:


  • Looking beyond 2023, what current IODP Science Plan challenges need to be modified or expanded? How and why?
  • What new scientific challenges should be formulated in the next IODP science plan?
  • What is needed in a new U.S. riserless drilling vessel (from coring to shipboard analysis) to answer these new or updated challenges?


Invited participants from U.S. institutions will be supported by the USSSP Office. Interested non-U.S. scientists are encouraged to complete an application and contribute to the community dialog, but must work with their Program Member Offices with regard to funding. We anticipate around 20-30 openings for international participants, so invitations will be limited.