1st Post-cruise Sampling Party meeting of IODP Expedition 355 

The core samples collected during the IODP Expedition-355 were transferred to the IODP Core repository at College Station, Texas, USA for sub sampling. First post cruise meeting “sampling Party Meeting” was held at IODP, College Station, Texas from 24- 28, August 2015.  Total of about 15 scientists, including three from India, participated in the sampling Party meeting. During the sampling party meeting more than 18000 sediment samples were sub-sampled. 

Images from, 1st Post Cruise Sampling party meeting (Left), and 2nd Post-cruise Editorial party  meeting (Right) of IODP Expedition-355


2nd Post-cruise Editorial Party meeting of IODP Expedition 355 

2nd post cruise meeting of IODP Expedition -355 “Editorial Meeting” was held at IODP, College Station, Texas, USA from 16-20 Nov 2015 to finalize the proceedings of the IODP Expedition-355. Total of about 11 scientists, including three scientists from India, participated in the editorial meeting. Each scientist was allotted specific job to rectify the concern specific section of the proceeding as per their participation in the IODP Expedition-355. The proceedings of IODP Expedition-355 wasfinalized in the editorial meeting. The final proceedings of the IODP expedition 355 along with all the data generated has been made available online since August 29, 2016.

Bilateral meeting between India and Japan for collaborative Geoscientific Research.

A meeting on joint scientific investigations in the Indian Ocean between Indian Institutions and Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) Japan was held at JAMSTEC Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan on 6th July 2015. The meeting was jointly organised by Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and JAMSTEC to deliberate upon key geoscientific issues on which bilateral understanding could be developed. This was a follow up program subsequent to the visit of Japanese delegation to India in previous year led by Dr. Hitoshi Hotta, Executive Director, JAMSTEC in January, 2014. 

Dr. M. Ravichandran and Dr.DhananjaiPandey represented India in the meeting. Dr. Hitoshi Hotta, Executive Director, JAMSTEC and his team attended the meeting from JAMSTEC’s side. Technical deliberations were made about the scientific research carried out by participating members from both sides. The areas of cooperation included Oceanographic research and data sharing, Marine Biology in the Indian Ocean, Geoscientific Studies, Enhancement of earthquake and Tsunami observation network and marine technology. 


 Dr. M. Ravichandran and Dr. DhananjaiPandeyat KOCHI core repository during JAMSTEC meeting, 2015


IGU meeting

The 52nd Annual Convention of Indian Geophysical Union (IGU) was held at NCAOR during Nov 3-5, 2015. More than 300 scientists/delegates and young students from various parts of the country took part in three day long deliberations. The theme of this year’s convention was NEAR SURFACE EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. The convention was inaugurated on 3rd Nov 2015 at NCAOR auditorium. Mr. A K Dwivedi, Director (exploration), ONGC limited was the chief guest during the inaugural function. Dr. ShaileshNayak, former Secretary, MoES and President of IGU presided over the function and Dr. S W A Naqvi was the Guest of Honour. Dr. M Ravichandran, Director, NCAOR welcomed delegates at the opening ceremony. The convention concluded on 5th Nov 2015.


 Inaugural function of 52ndAnnual Convention of IGU on 3rdNovember 2015 at NCAOR, Goa 


Participants, scientists from NCAOR and organizing commit members on the first day of 52ndAnnual Convention of IGU, November 2015 at NCAOR, Goa 


IGU Student Session

The Goa Chapter of IGU also organised a student talk competition at NCAOR, Goa. About 15 Ph.D. students from NCAOR took part in this competition and were felicitated by Dr. M Ravichandran, Chairman Local Organising Committee and Director, NCAOR.    


Student participants in the Goa Chapter of IGU have been felicitated along with the awardees of IGU Convention in the Valedictory function of 52ndAnnual IGU Convention on 5th Nov 2015 at NCAOR,