The IODP Forum is a venue for exchanging ideas and views on the scientific progress of the International Ocean Discovery Program. The Forum is the custodian of the IODP Science Plan 2013-2023 and provides advice to the IODP Facility Boards on Platform Provider activity. IODP Forum meets annually and membership is open to all countries, consortia, or entities that provide funds to IODP platform operations. 

Dick Kroon is the current Forum Chair for the term October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021. Dr. Kroon is the Regius Chair of Geology at the University of Edinburgh and a marine geologist and paleoceanographer with over 150 publications. His current research includes Paleogene hyperthermal events, the evolution of hominids, the history of Neogene carbonate platforms, and the geology of Cyprus. No stranger to scientific ocean drilling, Dr. Kroon has sailed on six IODP cruises, twice as co-chief scientist. He is also experienced in the IODP leadership structure, chairing the Dutch IODP Committee from 2002-2006 and leading IODP’s Science Evaluation Panel as co-chair from 2012-2016.

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 IODP Forum Meeting History:

  • May 27-28, 2014; Busan, South Korea. Hosted by Dr. Gil Young Kim of the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).
  • July 8-10, 2015; Canberra, Australia. Hosted by Dr. Neville Exon, Program Scientist, Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC).
  • September 21-23, 2016; Búzios, Brazil. Hosted by Dr. Cleverson Guizan Silva, Departmento de Geologia, Universidade Federal Fluminense (CNPq and CAPES).
  • September 11-13, 2017; Shanghai, China. Hosted by Prof. Dr. Zhimin Jian, State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University.
  • September 19-21, 2018; Goa, India. Hosted by Dr. B.K. Bansal, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi, India.
  • September 11-13, 2019; Osaka, Japan.
  • September 22-24, 2020; online/virtual.