The InterRidge Info 2017 Archive

InterRidge Info #07/2017 (31st July 2017)

1) [The InterRidge Steering Committee meeting summary] The Steering Committee met on 20-21 July in Paris and discussed many aspects of the InterRidge activity, taking decisions on all matters of importance for the program (scientific strategies, actions to be taken, procedures, budget…). Before the final report is adopted, we summarize below the discussions and the decisions taken.
A) Twelve voting representatives, both co-chairs and two Working Group leaders participated at the meeting. National and Working Group updates were presented by the national representatives. The coordinator summarized the activity of InterRidge Office in its report.
B) The Steering Committee has decided to support the creation of two new Working Groups (Working Group on Oceanic Transform Faults & Working Group IMOVE: Integrating Multidisciplinary Observations in Vent Environments), pending minor modifications of the proposals, and has recommended some more substantial improvements after which the three other proposals will be reconsidered, if the proponents choose to resubmit them.
C) The applications for IR/ISA Endowment Fund fellowships of Seyedeh Elnaz Naghibi, Surya Prakash and Egidio Marino have been accepted for funding, pending acceptance of the ISA. Two applications for the InterRidge Cruise Bursaries (Alexander Diehl and Zhongwei Zhao) have also been validated by the Steering Committee.
D) The application of Poland to join InterRidge as Corresponding Member has been accepted unanimously by the Steering Committee. Dr Teresa Radziejewska (University of Szczecin) will be the Polish national correspondent and will interact with the InterRidge Office.
E) The Steering Committee has accepted the budget of InterRidge for 2017 and the preliminary budget for 2018, pending some minor modifications to the proposed funding plans.
F) The Steering Committee has discussed an improvement of IR rules for more efficiency (budget use, earlier bid for a better transition to next Office, role and rotation of National correspondents). InterRidge will start collecting ideas within the community for update of the IR Code of Conduct.
G) InterRidge will attend the 23rd Session of ISA on 8-18 August 2017 as an observer. Our presence will give the opportunity to discuss many aspects of IR – ISA collaboration like the joint fellowships, reports on IR activity, and will open the discussion about legal questions concerning research activity in the area of permits.
H) Because of a delay in the IR Office installation in France, the Steering Committee members have agreed unanimously to postpone the Office rotation to the end of 2019, pending acceptance by the French funding agencies.
I) An InterRidge Theoretical Institute will be organized in the 2nd half of 2018. The Office will collect ideas for such an Institute within the community and will launch its organization.
J) Norway invites the Steering Committee meeting to take place in Bergen (Norway) in May 2018.
2) [The next AGU Fall Meeting – reminder] The next AGU Fall Meeting (American Geophysical Union) will be held on 11-15 December 2017 in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA). Click here to find a list of sessions of interest for the InterRidge community.
The abstract submission is open until the 2nd August, 2017 (23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT).
3) [Call for submissions for the InterRidge News - reminder] The next volume of InterRidge News shall be published in November 2017. Our newsletter containing brief research articles, the ridge cruise schedule, updates from the InterRidge Working Groups and from our National Correspondents, a calendar of upcoming meetings is also intended for the rapid publication of preliminary results and cruise reports that do not appear in other publications. We would appreciate knowing in advance if you plan to submit an article. So far, we received a couple of proposals and we encourage you to share any relevant information and your findings in short texts, accompanied by color high resolution figures.
All papers must be submitted by email to the InterRidge Office by Monday, 25th September 2017.
4) [Office] The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 21st August 2017.
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 17th August 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info - Special Issue (10th July 2017)

The next AGU Fall Meeting (American Geophysical Union) will be held on 11-15 December 2017 in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The abstract submission is now open, the deadline is on 2nd August, 2017 (23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT).

Below we highlight several sessions of interest for the InterRidge community. If you are organizer of a ridge-related session that is not listed, please let us know so we can include it on the web version of this announcement. We look forward to meeting you in New Orleans!

T019: Hydrothermal processes and deep-sea plumes: from solid earth to ocean circulation
T012: Evolution of Marginal Basins: Rifting Dynamics, Mid-Ocean Ridge Evolution, and Oceanic Circulation
T006: Circum-Antarctic Mid-Ocean Ridges: Structure, Evolution, Mantle Dynamics, Hydrothermal Activity and Ecological Communities
V012: From hydrothermal systems to mud volcanoes: structure, evolution and monitoring of active and fossile piercements
V014: Geological Reactive Systems from the Mantle to the Abyssal Sub-seafloor
V016: Integrated Constraints on the Geochemistry and Hydrogeology of Oceanic and Continental Hydrothermal Systems
OS008: Geological, Oceanographic, and Biological Processes of the Western Pacific Convergent Margins and Trenches
V019: Melt generation, transport, and extraction in the on- and off-axis mid-ocean ridge environment

InterRidge Info #06/2017 (3rd July 2017)

1) [Call for submissions for the InterRidge News] InterRidge News is published annually by the InterRidge Office. The next - 23rd Volume shall be published in November 2017. Our newsletter contains brief research articles, the world ridge cruise schedule, updates from the InterRidge Working Groups and from our National Correspondents, and a calendar of upcoming meetings of interest to the InterRidge community. InterRidge News is intended for the rapid publication of preliminary results and cruise reports that do not appear in other publications. Researchers are encouraged to submit their findings as short articles, up to 4 manuscript pages in length, accompanied by up to 4 color high resolution figures (minimum pixel width = 1000). Articles involving multi-national cooperation are especially encouraged. Please see previous articles in InterRidge Newsletters for reference.
The InterRidge Office will accept the following types of articles:
1) cruise reports: shipboard or immediate post-cruise results,
2) preliminary results of recent field work related to ridge research, back arc basins and ophiolites,
3) general interest articles: new equipment, new ships, opinion articles, workshop reports, news or updates of ridge-related projects.
If you intend to submit an article, the IR Office would appreciate knowing in advance. For formatting and submission guidelines, please see 'Submitting to InterRidge News'. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact the IR Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
All papers must be submitted by email to the InterRidge Office by Monday, 25th September 2017.
2) [CBE6 Symposium Info]
The 6th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE6) will take place in Woods Hole (Massachusetts, USA) on 27th August – 1st September, 2017. This 6th edition of a successful symposium series that started 20 years ago in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) is also an occasion to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents at the Galapagos Spreading Center.
The program of Symposium will include diverse chemosynthesis-related topics such as biogeography, biogeochemistry, chemosynthetic habitats and society, community structure and dynamics, evolution, metapopulation and metacommunity, microbiology, physiology and adaptation, symbiosis, as well as trophic interactions.
During the Conference, InterRidge will organize an open meeting where we plan to propose an overview of current InterRidge activities and discuss opportunities to develop new ones. This will also be the occasion to open discussions on the revision of the 2006 release of Code of Conduct on responsible research practice at hydrothermal vents. Your ideas are welcome in the discussion.
As previously announced, InterRidge is awarding Travel Grants to 11 students and 3 post-docs from 8 countries in order to foster exchange across fields and disciplines and promote international collaboration. We look forward to meeting you in Woods Hole!
3) [IR Steering Committee meeting] InterRidge Office is currently preparing the Steering Committee meeting which will take place on 20-21 July at the Institut de Physique du Globe (IPGP) in Paris. Please find more information on this event. If you would like to propose an item to be discussed at the meeting, please send your suggestion to your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office.
4) [Call for information and photos] The InterRidge Office aims to increase feedback about new projects to the community as a whole. We encourage you to share any relevant information you would like to disseminate via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website. We will be grateful for any information on recent or upcoming ridge-related cruise to feed the InterRidge Cruise Database, or any berth availability that would suit our Cruise Bursary program. We would also like to upgrade the iconography of the website, with a set of new illustrations. Please send us your best or most original pictures covering any of the ridge-related research field.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 31st July 2017.
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 27th July 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info #05/2017 (19th June 2017)

1) [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 on 20-21 July in Paris. New Working Groups will be discussed and appointed. The evaluation of the IR Fellowship applications will be validated. Major items of discussion will address the update of the IR Code of Conduct, IR – SCOR interaction on the Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE2) and InterRidge participation at 23rd Session of the International Seabed Authority.
If you would like a non-listed item to be discussed at the meeting, please send your suggestion to your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office.
2) [IR Working Group – received proposals] We received 5 proposals for 4 new and 1 extended Working Groups. They involve 58 scientists from 12 countries (10 IR contributing members plus Italy and Russia). The new Working Groups will be appointed at the next Steering Committee meeting.
3) [IR Fellowships – received applications] We received 5 applications, including 2 to the IR/ISA Endowment Fund fellowships. The applicants (2 women and 3 men) are 2 graduate students and 3 postdoctoral researchers pursuing their research in Canada, China, India, Spain or United Kingdom and originally from Canada, India, Iran, Italy or Nigeria. The proposed host countries are Germany and the USA. Applications will be sent out to specialists in the community (if you are solicited, thank you in advance for your efforts to evaluate them in due time) and validated by the Steering Committee.
4) [Call for Information] You are invited to provide InterRidge with any relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website. Take a few minutes to share information on recent or upcoming ridge-related cruises to feed the InterRidge Cruise Database. You are also kindly asked to notify the IR Coordinator about any berth availability that would suit our Cruise Bursary program.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 3rd July 2017.
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 29th June 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info #04/2017 (6th June 2017)

1) [IR Membership] The InterRidge Office interacts with national programs, scientists, and funding agencies to increase the number of participating countries and provide better support to our community. As of 1st June 2017, InterRidge counts 4 Principal Member countries. Norway has recently upgraded its status to Principal Member. The USA were able to raise the 2017 contribution through a consortium of institutions, hoping for a national funding agency to take over in 2018. China and France kept their status, France contributing twice as the host country. InterRidge counts also 7 Regular Member countries: Japan, India, Korea and UK have entered the process of contributing, Germany and Portugal have confirmed they will do so, while we still expect such a confirmation from Canada. Our other members have Corresponding Member status. Only Principal and Regular Members are entitled to representation in the InterRidge Steering Committee.
If you would like your country to enter
InterRidge or raise its status, contact your national correspondent or volunteer to become such a correspondent by contacting the InterRidge Office.
2) [IIOE2] Second International Indian Ocean Expedition
The (first) International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE) was decided by the Scientific Committee on Ocean Research (SCOR) in 1957 and took place between 1962 and 1965. It involved 40 research vessels from 13 countries which, together, collected data in almost all disciplines of the marine sciences over the Indian Ocean.
In the same spirit, the
Second International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE-2) is an international program aiming to engage the scientific community in collaborative research from coastal environments to the deep sea in the Indian Ocean between 2015 and 2020. The program has designed an Implementation Strategy and is organized around 6 scientific themes (ST), 7 working groups (WG) and National Committees. A Steering Committee and two Joint Project Offices (Hyderabad and Perth) are managing it.
Although the program has been initiated by the oceanographic and atmospheric communities, it offers
many interesting opportunities for InterRidge scientists. Research vessels gathered in the area will collect data that will help to better define the Indian Ocean ridges. Conversely, ridge scientists leading cruises or projects in the Indian Ocean are invited to join the IIOE2 by getting their project endorsed by the program.
Let's hope
for a fruitful and effective collaboration between InterRidge and IIOE2!
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) [IR Working Group – new deadline] The deadline for submissions of Working Groups proposals has been extended to Friday, 9th June 2017. More information.
4) [IR Fellowships – new deadline] Proposals for InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships should be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Office by 13th June, 2017. The Fellowships can be used for any field of ridge-related research. Proposals out of this scope will not be considered. Please, share this information with colleagues that might be interested in applying. More details.
5) [Call for Cruise Information] You are invited to provide InterRidge with any details on recent or upcoming ridge-related cruises to feed the InterRidge Cruise Database. In addition, you are kindly asked to notify the IR Coordinator about any berth availability that would suit our Cruise Bursary program.
6) [Office] The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 19th June May 2017
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 15th June 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info #03/2017 (22nd May 2017)

1) [IR Cruise Bursaries] InterRidge supports Cruise Bursaries to help early career ridge-crest scientists to participate in mid-ocean ridge research cruises. Bursaries, up to 2000 US$ each, are awarded for travel and subsistence costs required to join the cruise. We invite graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to apply. Applicants should have a clear role on the research cruise and not be part of the original research team. Preference will be given to applicants from InterRidge member countries and from countries other than those of the cruise leader.
For more details and how to apply, see the
Cruise Bursaries section on IR website.
2) [Spare Berths]
Emily Klein (Duke) and Hans Schouten (WHOI), Chief Scientists of the Cocos-Nazca Rift Cruise, are offering 2 to 5 berths to early-career scientists. This ~30-day NSF-funded cruise to the eastern Pacific Ocean is scheduled to depart Manzanillo, Mexico on 1st May 2018, returning to San Diego, USA (subject to change) onboard RV Roger Revelle.
Multibeam bathymetry, magnetic, and gravity data will be collected at western end of the rift, east of triple junction between 102° and 99° W, and ~60 rock dredges will be performed along segments S2-S8.
For more details on the cruise, contact Ross Parnell-Turner at
rparnellturner@whoi.edu.
Deadline for application (to be sent by e-mail) is 1st December 2017.
This offer is eligible to the InterRidge Cruise Bursaries.
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Cruise & Spare Berths Information] InterRidge is inviting chief scientists of scheduled research cruises with spare berths to contact the InterRidge Office and notify the berth availability, aims of the cruise and contact details. We will advertise them in IR Info and in the spare berth section of our website. Even if no berth is available, please share your cruise info with InterRidge.
4) [IR Working Group reminder]
Proposals for new InterRidge Working Groups should be sent to the InterRidge Office by Friday, 2nd June 2017 [More information].
5) [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 6th June 2017 [More details].
6) [Office]
The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.
We also get some undelivered e-mails, due to changes in the e-mail addresses. Please invite your colleagues that might be interested in getting news from InterRidge to subscribe our IR Info as follows:
click and send e-mail (without changing its subject) to subscribe or unsubscribe the interridge-members list, or send your request directly to the IR Coordinator.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 6th June 2017
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 2nd June 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info #02/2017 (9th May 2017)

1) [IR Fellowships] Call for proposals InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2017
The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. 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. These awards may be used, for instance, for cruise participation or aboratory work by adding an international dimension to the Fellow’s research.
In 2017 we may offer up to 6 IR Fellowships including 3 joint IR-ISA Endowment Fund Fellowships. 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 at interridge@ipgp.fr by 6 th June, 2017
More details on IR Student Fellowships.
2) [Cruise Information]
The InterRidge Office offers a virtual platform (IR Info, website and IR News) to promote the exchange of information, technologies and facilities among international research groups. You are invited to provide any details on recent or upcoming cruises to the IR Coordinator following this framework. Thanks for sharing info with the InterRidge community!
3) [Info] InterRidge Student & Post-doc Travel Awards to CBE6
To facilitate international exchange and promote new collaborations by increasing the participation of early career scientists at symposia, InterRidge is awarding Student and Postdoc Travel Awards. Ten 500 US$ grants will be offered to motivated students and postdocs to join the 6th International Symposium on Chemosynthesis-Based Ecosystems (CBE6) in Woods Hole (USA). More details on the CBE6 Symposium website.
4) [Jobs] Science project manager, marine observatories for EMSO ERIC. More information in Jobs section on the InterRidge website.
5) [Office] The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Monday 22nd May 2017
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 19th May 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański – The InterRidge Coordinator at interridge@ipgp.fr
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InterRidge Info #01/2017 (24th April 2017)

1) [IR] Call for proposals of new InterRidge Working Groups
InterRidge plays a major role in triggering ridge-related science through its Working Groups (WG). Such WGs are appointed for a limited time on specific ridge-related scientific topics. The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce a 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 website). Each proposal should have at least four proponents from at least three InterRidge member countries. Cross-disciplinary proposals will be given special attention. Successful proposals will receive support from the InterRidge Office and funding for one workshop.
This invitation is open to the whole international community. All proposals will be reviewed and the new WGs will be appointed by the InterRidge Steering Committee at its next meeting in Summer 2017.
Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the InterRidge Office by Friday, 2nd June 2017.
2) [Jobs]
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) Postdoctoral Fellow Programme – 4-5 postdoctoral fellow positions are available. More information in Jobs section on the InterRidge website.
3) [News] The deep sea lab at Ifremer (Brest, France) developed a citizen science project 'Deep sea spy' to help annotate the thousands of images recorded in hydrothermal vents using the deep-sea observatories EMSO-Azores and Ocean Networks Canada.Would you like to become a deep sea spy? More details in News section on the InterRidge website.
4) [Office] The InterRidge Office invites you to send all the relevant information you would like to disseminate within the community, via InterRidge Info or on the InterRidge Website, to the InterRidge Coordinator.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Tuesday 9th May 2017
All items for inclusion should be sent to the IR Office by Thursday 5th May 2017.
Contact: Kamil Szafrański: interridge@ipgp.fr
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