The InterRidge Info 2018 Archive

InterRidge Info #1/2018 (9thJanuary 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 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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