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. 

The 2020 meeting of the IODP Forum will be held at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York, USA on 22-24 September 2020, focusing on implications of the new Science Framework for a post-2023 scientific ocean drilling program. Quoting Forum Chair Dick Kroon, "The Science Framework is developing well and should be available to us in summer thanks to the hard work of writers, reviewers and our two co-editors Anthony Koppers and Roz Coggon. We will slowly but surely move to discussions on funding and implementation plans (intentions) for a new program. I hope to see as many of you as possible in September. The Forum is the place to exchange ideas to move forward together."

Dick Kroon is the Forum Chair for the term October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2021.

The 2019 IODP Forum meeting was held September 11-13, 2019 in Osaka, Japan.

The 2018 IODP Forum meeting was held September 19-21, 2018 in Goa, India, hosted by Dr. B.K. Bansal, Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi, India.

The 2017 IODP Forum meeting was held September 11-13, 2017 in Shanghai, China, hosted by Prof. Dr. Zhimin Jian, State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University.

The 2016 IODP Forum meeting was held September 21-23, 2016 in Búzios, Brazil, hosted by Dr. Cleverson Guizan Silva, Departmento de Geologia, Universidade Federal Fluminense (CNPq and CAPES).

The 2015 IODP Forum meeting was held July 8-10, 2015 in Canberra, Australia, hosted by Dr. Neville Exon, Program Scientist, Australia and New Zealand IODP Consortium (ANZIC).

The 2014 (First) IODP Forum meeting was held May 27-28, 2014 in Busan, South Korea, hosted by Dr. Gil Young Kim of the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).