The Chief Scientists on the OCEANOGRAFLUX cruise are offering a spare berth to an early-career scientist and InterRidge is supporting this with a cruise bursary, which will pay for the person's flights and a hotel night if necessary. There are no other costs onboard.
On 1st January 2013, the InterRidge Office relocated to Peking University, China, under the leadership of Prof. John Chen (Chair). The Co-Chair is Jiabiao Li, of the Second Institute of Oceanography, Hangzhou. The InterRidge community wishes John and Jiabiao every success in their hosting of the InterRidge Office. The new coordinator is expected to be announced shortly.
This year's InterRidge News is now online at: http://www.interridge.org/files/interridge/InterRidge%20News%202012-sm.pdf. It features InterRidge's Third Decadal Plan, science articles, national reports, news on conferences and how InterRidge has supported scientists via fellowships and bursaries. If you would like a hard copy (and are not on the mailing list for this), please write in to the IR Office (email@example.com).
We are soliciting applications for a position as the Scientific Coordinator for InterRidge (IR) Office at Peking University, China. This is a 3-year appointment that could start as early as at January 1, 2013 when the current IR Office at Southampton, UK officially moves to Peking University, China and will end at December 31, 2015 when the IR Office will be rotated out of China. Qualifications for this position include a native English speaker, a recent Ph.D. preferentially majored in marine geoscience or bioscience, excellent writing and communication skills, well organized, etc.
InterRidge has been granted observer status at the ISA, allowing InterRidge to be present at public meetings of the Assembly and by invitation, to make oral statements on issues of concern, although it will not be able to participate in decision-making. This increases our links with the ISA and will strengthen our ability to engage with developing countries, which remains one of InterRidge’s main challenges.
SCOR Newsletter 21 - contains important information about proposals for new working groups, nominations for the 2012 SCOR Officer elections, and an update on recent SCOR publications and events.
The ISA has approved two plans of work for exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the international deep seabed Area. China Ocean Minerals Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA), and the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation which submitted their applications on 7 May 2010 and on 24 December 2010 respectively.
The InterRidge Steering Committee is very pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship programme - Shinsuke Kawagucci, Baby Divya and Akumbom Vishiti. Three awards were made this year, one from InterRidge and two which were provided from the International Seabed Authority Endowment Fund, which aims to support the participation of qualified scientists and technical personnel from developing countries.
Four years after the “InterRidge statement of commitment to responsible research practices at deep-sea hydrothermal vents” was published, it seems appropriate to evaluate the potential awareness, relevance and efficiency of this code of conduct. Duke University, in collaboration with InterRidge, propose a survey, dispatched among the scientific community working at hydrothermal vents.
Participate in the survey before March 15th 2010. It will take 5-10 minutes.
OCE is carefully considering input from the marine seismic community and
the UNOLS Marcus Langseth Science Oversight Committee (MLSOC) regarding
ways to improve experiment planning. This advice, together with internal
NSF discussions, leads us to adopt a Regional Framework Path for marine