The Deep Carbon Observatory Deep Life Community announces a workshop to be held 3 - 4 November, 2014 at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam, Germany for the purpose of selecting and developing a deep-life-inspired drilling site/project for submission as a proposal to the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP).
Workshop organizers Tom Kieft and Tullis Onstott solicit participation from scientists wishing to propose a deep-life driven deep drilling site and research project for ICDP funding. The ICDP solicits proposals on a variety of subsurface science topics, including the deep biosphere. While a number of ICDP projects have included biological components, none was conceived and designed as a deep-life-centric project. This in part reflects the deep life community not having provided compelling sites and projects. This workshop is intended to bring together ideas for deep life drilling, to select one or possibly more than one project, and to develop a preproposal for a January 2015 deadline. Drilling projects should be consistent with the DCO Deep Life Community Decadal Goals and the ICDP criteria.
Those interested should complete the application form by 1 September, 2014.
On-line participation will be available for those who can’t be present in Potsdam. Funding is available to support travel expenses for a limited number of participants.
We encourage all applicants (and will require all accepted workshop attendees) to join the DCO Science Network. To join, please click here to request an account. Accepted attendees will be added to a DCO Deep Life ICDP Workshop Group on the DCO website for access to travel and logistics documents, agendas, and other important information related to the workshop.