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International Ocean Discovery Program

The UK is a member of the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) as part of the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD). Through multidisciplinary, international collaboration, IODP aims to explore the history and structure of the Earth as recorded in sub-seafloor sediments and rocks. The programme officially began in October 2003 and is made up of an international partnership of scientists and research institutions, building upon the earlier successes of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), which revolutionised our view of Earth history and global processes through ocean basin exploration.

The UK-IODP is a NERC directed research programme which supports UK participation in IODP:

IODP greatly expands the reach of the previous programs by using multiple drilling vessels, including riser, riserless, and mission-specific platforms, to achieve its scientific goals.

Following the success of the previous phase (2003-2013), IODP has entered into a new phase as the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) from Oct 2013 (2013-2023). The new Science Plan describes the initial scientific objectives of the new program, but also welcomes rapid initiatives in response new discoveries and globally significant marine events. The objectives have been organized into four themes:

Latest News

The UK IODP team are pleased to announce that the 2015 general conference will take place on the 25th September. The 2015 general conference will be held in Newcastle Upon Tyne and invited speakers will be able to claim their travel costs. Please indicate if you would like to give a presentation and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Applicants should complete the online registration form.
Registration for the event will close on 31 July 2015.

The UK IODP team are also pleased to announce that the highly successful Student Conference will return for 2015 taking place 22-24 September 2015 at Deneholme House, Northumberland. Accommodation (to help keep costs manageable, we are anticipating two people per room) and meals will be provided as well as assistance with travel costs.
The conference will consist of group workshops and presentations. All participants will be required to bring a poster on their current research project for display.
Please note there are limited places (70) available for this event.
Applicants should complete the online registration form.
Registration for the event will close on 31 July 2015.

For further details of this event, please contact Sean Burke at ukiodp@bgs.ac.uk.

Upcoming Deadlines

No current UK-specific deadlines.

Please see the ESSAC page website for up-to-date IODP news and opportunities: http://www.essac.ecord.org/ .

To receive UK-IODP announcements (~twice monthly), please email ukiodp@bgs.ac.uk.

Contributions to the UKIODP Newsletter Welcome - contact Science Coordinator.

To be added or removed from the UKIODP Emailing list please email your name, email and postal address to the UKIODP Science Coordinator.

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