|The Joides Resolution (JR), the IODP’s flagship vessel |
(courtesy of UK-IODP).
After an excellent lunch and following discussion of how to apply for an IODP expedition and the site survey requirements for such a proposal, led by Bridget Wade (UCL) and David Long (BGS), we moved on to the practical part of the conference: formulating a proposal for an IODP expedition! In teams of around six people our mission was to develop an expedition proposal, a process that would normally take many months, in less than 24 hours. The proposal needed to encompass as many of the four core research areas of the IODP science plan (Climate and Ocean Change, Biosphere Frontiers, Earth Connections, and Earth in Motion) as possible, in addition to being scientifically and logistically feasible, as well as safe. After initial discussions, the team I was part of decided that we would be able to shoehorn all our various scientific objectives into one expedition to the Southern Ocean. Our objective decided we retired for yet another feast provided by our wonderful hosts at Deneholme House, to prepare ourselves for the busy day ahead!
|A group photo of the delegates (and organisers) at the UK-IODP 2015 conference in Newcastle.|
|The logo designed as part of the |
conference to represent a
(fictitious) research proposal.
Overall the student conference was a really useful event allowing all the attendees to meet up with lots of other researchers a similar stage in their careers, hopefully creating lots of contacts for future collaborations, as well as learning a lot about the work of the IODP and about the process of proposing an expedition. I look forward to being able to attend future events and would highly recommend any other PhD students working in this area to do so too.
By Rowan Dejardin (University of Nottingham and the British Geological Survey PhD student). Rowan is supervised at the University of Nottingham by Dr Sev Kender and Dr George Swann, at the British Geological Survey by Prof Melanie Leng, and at the British Antarctic Survey bd Dr Vicky Peck and Dr Claire Allen.