Paris Meeting Addresses Past, Present, Future DCO

A joint meeting of DCO’s Executive Committee, Synthesis Group 2019, and Task Force 2020 presented a rare opportunity for the three groups to discuss in person DCO’s past, present, and future.

A joint meeting of DCO’s Executive Committee, Synthesis Group 2019 (SG2019), and Task Force 2020 (TF2020) presented a rare opportunity for the three groups to discuss in person DCO’s past, present, and future. The event marks an important juncture for the DCO as the program enters its synthesis phase and considers the future beyond 2019. TF2020 chair and Executive Committee member Claude Jaupart hosted the landmark meeting from 9-11 November 2016 at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.

Chair of the Executive Committee Craig Manning (University of California Los Angeles, USA) opened the meeting with the directive that at the end of the three days, participants would have a clearer vision of where DCO has been, where it is headed, and how deep carbon science will thrive in the future. Over the next 72 hours, meeting participants tackled these and other complex issues.

Each meeting day was dedicated to the mission of one of the three committees. On the first day, Marie Edmonds (University of Cambridge, UK), chair of SG2019, led discussions ranging from business matters – including new synthesis proposals and the editorial direction of a proposed deep carbon-related book – to philosophical matters such as identifying the DCO’s transformational scientific discoveries. SG2019 is charged with synthesizing and integrating research conducted across DCO’s four science communities to realize a new understanding of deep carbon science and fully capture DCO’s accomplishments by 2019.

On the second day, Executive Committee members reviewed the progress of DCO’s science communities and cross-community teams, with discussion focusing on progress toward DCO’s Decadal Goals.  The session also featured a presentation by Louise Kellogg (University of California Davis, USA), head of the Modeling and Visualization Forum, who discussed metrics of success to assess DCO’s impact on science at the end of the decade.

TF2020 chair Jaupart charted his committee’s way forward on the third and final meeting day. TF2020’s charge is to identify DCO’s legacy elements as well as the structures and organizations necessary to sustain them beyond 2019. TF2020 also may propose new ventures capitalizing on DCO’s international network of scientists and building upon their many scientific achievements. TF2020 is actively planning three workshops to map out future research directions and potential collaborations for DCO after the conclusion of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation support in 2019. TF2020 also plans to ensure community-wide participation in planning DCO’s future by polling members of the DCO science network to obtain feedback on future research and legacy priorities.

A novel and productive aspect of the meeting was a joint session between SG2019 and TF2020, exploring synergies between the two committees to help each reach their respective goals. This key discussion established priorities for SG2019 that will help TF2020 realize its vision of a continuation of deep carbon science well into the future.

The entire group discussed and agreed upon strategies for continued communication and future cooperation among the three committees going forward.

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