Education and Outreach

International Team to Honor 30th Anniversary of Deep-Sea Vent Discovery in Galápagos

International Team to Honor 30th Anniversary of Deep-Sea Vent Discovery in Galápagos

Scientists first discovered volcanic hot vents surrounded by bizarre animals thriving in total darkness—without energy from the sun—at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in 1977. At the end of June an international team of scientists, including many of the original explorers, will honor the 30th anniversary of the landmark discovery at a special meeting and public event in the Galápagos Islands, located just south of the discovery site.

ESOF 2006

InterRidge had a strong presence at the EuroScience Open Forum that took place in Munich, Germany in July 2006. We held both a scientific session ("The Latest Ocean Ridge Research: Microbes, Mining, Management and More") and an outreach session (“Deep Sea AdVENTures – without getting your feet wet!”), which was run in conjunction with Germany's national science week. The IR Outreach proposal was one of 30 to be accepted from around the world -- and has been held as an example of 'best practices in international outreach'!

Media Outreach

IR focused a great deal of its efforts in 2006 on reaching out to international media groups thanks to the unveiling of the IR “Statement of Responsible Research Practices.” We presented the statement—along with other “hot topic” research areas—to media groups both at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Missouri and the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) in Germany, where we also hosted a week-long public exhibition.

ChEss Galapagos Meeting

ChEss (the Biogeography of Deep-Water Chemosynthetic Ecosystems program) and the Census of Marine Life held their annual meeting in the Galapagos Islands from June 27-29, 2007 in honor of the 30th anniversary of vent discovery along the Galapagos Spreading Center.

InterRidge Oceanography Issue

Oceanography coverInterRidge has spearheaded an entire issue of Oceanography magazine ( that was published in March 2007. The issue features 15 ridge-related topics written by members of the InterRidge community.

ESOF 2006

InterRidge Contributions at the 2nd EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) from July 15th-19th 2006 in Munich, Germany

AAAS Symposium

InterRidge held a 90-minute symposium in February 2006 entitled:
Latest Ocean Ridge Research: Microbes, Mining, Management, and More
Track: Earth, Atmosphere, and Oceans
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2006
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 minutes

Writing the Code of Conduct: The Future of Ridge Research

Colin Devey

Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, IFM-GEOMAR

Kiel, Germany

Science Writer-at-Sea

Science Writer-at-Sea is IR’s flagship E&O program, which it pilot-tested in 2005. The training and outreach program immerses the world’s future storytellers – science journalism students – on ocean science expeditions, and broadcasts the stories they write in a diverse spate of informal learning environments, having the potential to reach literally millions of people. Kristen Kusek (IR’s E&O coordinator) has delivered two presentations and published three articles about the program, and is actively seeking long-term funding.


  • InterRidge Student and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
  • Recent Education and Outreach projects include:

  • MATE International ROV Competition 2008 (sponsoring two awards for middle-school to undergraduate level students)
  • Media Outreach (AAAS, ESOF)
  • Oceanography magazine (outreach to international science community)