The InterRidge Info 2019 Archive

InterRidge Info #4/2019 (13th March 2019)

1) [Short report from the 25th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority] InterRidge was represented by its co-Chair Jérôme Dyment at the first part (25 February – 1 March) of the 25th session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) held in Kingston (Jamaica). The Council of the ISA met to continue its examination of the Draft regulations for exploitation of mineral resources in the Area. Documents prepared by the Secretariat addressed several crucial points such as the Financial model, Standards and guidelines, Decision making processes, Precautionary approach, Inspection mechanisms, the Regional Environmental Management Plans (REMPs), and their Independent assessment. On the latest point, InterRidge was satisfied to note that the Authority considers the involvement of independent scientific experts and expressed its interest in helping it to access the international scientific community in its diversity. InterRidge hosts and maintains a list of many scientists who may be happy to provide independent expertise on topics related to solid earth sciences, oceanography, ecology and biology.
2) [2019 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. This year, the Steering Committee meeting will take place in Tokyo (Japan) on 1314 June. The main point of this meeting will be the rotation of the InterRidge Office in January 2020. All interested Members of InterRidge are invited to submit bids to host the new office and nominations for the new Chair.Nevertheless, the list of items to be discussed during the meeting is open and you are encouraged to send your suggestions to your National Correspondent and/or the InterRidge Office. We thank InterRidge Japan for their invitation and help in organizing the meeting in Tokyo.
3) [2,5-days expert mini-symposium and workshop on Deep-Sea Taxonomy Evolving under Pressure]The Deep-Sea Taxonomy Evolving under Pressure from Potential Biodiversity Loss, Taxonomic Impediment and Increasing Methodological Complexity mini-symposium and workshop will take place on 7-10 May 2019 in Marine Zoology Department of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). The workshop is dedicated to theoretical and methodological exchange and networking for the deep-sea taxonomist community. The event targets specialists of all taxonomic metazoan groups and specifically focuses on introducing and discussing recent and upcoming methodological developments in the light of the special conditions required for working with deep-sea biota. For more information click here.
4) [2019 SCOR Annual Meeting]The 2019 SCOR Annual Meeting will take place in Toyama (Japan) from Monday, 23 September through Wednesday, 25 September 2019. More information is available on the meeting website. Proposals for new SCOR Working Groups are due by 12:00 PM UCT on 15th April 2019.
5) [7th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals - reminder] The 7th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals will be held in Cartagena (Colombia) from 29 July to 2 August 2019. The deadline for early registration is 15 March 2019. More information here.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Wednesday
27th March 2019.
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25th March 2019.
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InterRidge Info #3/2019 (20th February 2019)

1) [First iMOVE workshop - short summary] The inaugural workshop of the InterRidge working group iMOVE (integrated Multidisciplinary Observations in Vent Environments) took place on 6-8 February in Bergen (Norway). iMOVE aims to bring together ridge crest observatory operators and scientists to facilitate data and technology transfer and sharing, and develop new research ideas. The workshop assembled 24 people from 6 countries, representing disciplines ranging from geophysics to microbiology, and for the first time, brought together representatives from the three ridge-crest seafloor observatories operated by the EMSO, OOI and ONC networks. A full workshop report will be soon made available. More information here.
2) [2019 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals] The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) has launched a call for proposals for new Working Groups. InterRidge is affiliated to SCOR and, in the past, InterRidge and SCOR have jointly supported Working Groups on topics of common interest.
Each proposal will be evaluated by national SCOR c
ommittees in terms of scientific merit and quality, timeliness, and achievability of the proposed terms of reference. In addition, the review of working group proposals is open worldwide to partner organizations and individuals who would like to provide comments. Decisions about which proposals will be funded will be made at the annual SCOR meeting on 2325September 2019 in Toyama (Japan)and new groups will start in 2020. The number of proposals funded for start in 2020 will depend on recommendations of the SCOR Finance Committee; two new working groups are usually funded each year. Proposals are due by 12:00 PM UCT on 15th April 2019. More information here.
3) [Frontiers Research Topic ‘Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems and Deep-Sea Fisheries’] You are invited to consider joining as a contributing author to the new research topic “Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems and Deep-Sea Fisheries” in Frontiers in Marine Science. Abstracts to indicate interest are due on 1 April 2019, with final manuscripts submitted not later than 1 September 2019. More details here.
4) [Jobs - Search for Next SCOR Executive Director] The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) is seeking its next Executive Director. See call for applications.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Wednesday
6th March 2019.
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4th March 2019.
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InterRidge Info #2/2019 (1st February 2019)

1) [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. Bids should be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Coordinator. More information can be obtained from the IR Coordinator or from the IR Co-Chairs: Nadine Le Bris & Jérôme Dyment. The full call for bids is posted on the IR website.
2) [
Spare berth on SMARTIES Cruise] French research cruise SMARTIES of RV “Pourquoi Pas?” and deep-sea submersible “Nautile” will take place between 12 July and 24 August 2019 on the intersection of the Mid-Atlandtic Ridge axis and the Romanche Transform Fault. Port calls will be on the Cape Verde Islands. The aim is to complete the mapping of the region to recognize the boundaries of a Smooth Seafloor domain and its persistence through time and explore in detail the change in deformation patterns on selected targets already identified from available bathymetric data. Bathymetric, gravimetric and magnetic data will be acquired. Nautile will collect rocks, videos and images to be interpreted onboard. More information here.
3) [IR Fellowships - reminder]
Proposals for the 2019 edition of InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowships (of up to 5000 US$ each) should be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Office by 31 March 2019. More details here.
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[Goldschmidt 2019] Javier Gonzalez, Pierre Josso and Irene Zananiri are hosting a session entitled “Critical raw materials based on marine minerals: New frontiers and challenges” at Goldschmidt 2019 in Barcelona on 18-23 August 2019. The abstract submission is now open with a deadline for submission on 29 March 2019 (23:59 CET). You are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation, students and early career researcher are especially welcome. A detailed description of the session and abstract submission details are given here.
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[7th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals - reminder] The 7th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals will be held in Cartagena (Colombia) from 29 July to 2 August 2019. Early registration and abstract submissions are now open. More information here.
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) [Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems theme session at the ICES Annual Conference] A session titled ‘Vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs): key structural and functional elements in the deep sea’ is organized at the next ICES Annual Science Conference taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 9-12 September 2019. A call for abstracts for this session is now open with adeadline on 11 March 2019. More details on the session can be found here. Abstracts can be submitted here.

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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Wednesday
20th February 2019.
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18th February 2019.
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InterRidge Info #1/2019 (16th January 2019)

1) [InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2019] The InterRidge Office is pleased to announce the launch of call for Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2019. 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. IR 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 awards may be used, for instance, for cruise participation or laboratory work by adding an international dimension to the Fellow’s research (in line with the Third Decadal Plan of InterRidge). All application materials are to be submitted electronically to the InterRidge Coordinator by 31st March 2019.
2) [First workshop of the IR WG on Seamounts and Islands] The first workshop of the IR Working Group on Mid-Ocean Ridge Islands and Seamounts will be convened over three days (19 to 21 September 2019) in which participants will be able to exchange thoughts on priorities for research on seamounts and islands near to mid-ocean ridges. It will cover all geological, biology and oceanographic processes. The workshop will be hosted by the Instituto Hidrográfico, Lisbon (Portugal), within the beautiful grounds of a previous convent (Convento Trinas).
3) [25th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority] The 25th annual session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) will be held in Kingston (Jamaica) in two parts in late February and July 2019. InterRidge, as observer, will attend the Council session from 25th February to 1st March 2019. Comments on the revised draft regulations on the exploitation of mineral resources in the Area are a major point of the programme of work of the ISA Council during its next meeting. The secretariat has received 42 submissions of comments on the draft regulations and identified several critical areas for discussion by the Council during this first part of the 25th Session. More information about the ISA sessions.
4) [ISA Contractor Training Programme] The following training opportunities are currently available:
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Nauru Ocean Resources Inc (NORI) is offering two at-sea on-board placements, for a 4-6 week offshore exploration campaign to candidates (one to a candidate from a developing States and the other to a candidate from Nauru) interested in marine science and in particular physical and chemical oceanography and/or seafloor sampling and/or geotechnical work. Deadline for application: 1st February 2019
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) Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is offering one internship in the field of Environmental Studies to candidates from developing States within its 2019 training programme. The internship will take place within the deep-sea ecosystems studies laboratory of Ifremer, in Brest, for a duration of two months, with the objective for the candidate to acquire practical knowledge of deep ocean environmental studies and to develop skills in morphological and molecular taxonomy of Nematoda. Deadline for application: 8th February 2019
5) [Happy New Year] At this beginning of the year 2019, 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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The next InterRidge Info will be sent on Wednesday
30th January 2019.
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28th January 2019.
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