The Second DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop (DCOECS15) took place from 31 August- 5 September 2015 on the island of São Miguel in the Azores. The workshop included both classroom sessions at the University of the Azores, and field trips to various geologically active areas of the island.
Building on the success of last year’s workshop at the University of Costa Rica, as well as the 2014 DCO Summer School in Yellowstone National Park, the DCOECS15 organizing committee put together an ambitious program for the 45 early career scientists arriving in Ponta Delgada from 18 countries and 37 institutions. The workshop began with an introduction to the four DCO scientific communities and an evening icebreaker at the University.
A large proportion of the scientific program was devoted to the participants themselves, with each one presenting both oral and poster presentations. Early career scientists from all four DCO Communities (Deep Energy, Reservoirs and Fluxes, Deep Life, and Extreme Physics and Chemistry) presented short talks on their work. These talks, intentionally broad, allowed cross-disciplinary interests to blossom. Evening poster sessions further facilitated these interactions.
To complement these sessions, the organizing committee programmed several additional activities and talks. Fátima Viveiros (University of the Azores, Portugal), co-organizer and local coordinator of the workshop, shared her many years of experience working in the field in the Azores. Workshop Principal Investigator Donato Giovannelli (Rutgers University, USA/ISMAR-CNR, National Research Council of Italy) talked about open access publishing opportunities, advantages, and outlets, as well as metadata curation. Katie Pratt (DCO Communications Director, University of Rhode Island, USA) led sessions on social media for scientists and filming in the field. She also made several GoPro cameras available to workshop participants, and used the resulting footage to create a video from the workshop.
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Co-organizers Cody Sheik (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA), Dana Thomas (Stanford University, USA), Alysia Cox (Montana Tech of the University of Montana, USA) and Daniel Hummer (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA) coordinated a series of breakout sessions and activities throughout the week, culminating in the defining feature of DCOECS15: a day of sampling at Furnas Volcano hydrothermal field.
This activity was possible thanks to the experience and vision of both PI Donato Giovannelli and the local committee at the University of the Azores: Fátima Viveiros, Vittorio Zanon, César Andrade, Catarina Silva, Joana Pacheco, Lucia Moreno, Diana Linhares, and Ana Hipólito. With permits in hand, the organizers coordinated sampling of sediments, liquids, and gases at six defined sites in the Furnas Lake hydrothermal field. All samples are currently undergoing analysis; the results of this work are expected to be published in 2016.
“The organizing committee and I are thrilled that the sampling activity, and indeed the workshop in general, went so well,” said Giovannelli. “We can’t wait to follow the samples over the next few months, and hopefully publish our work in an open access format some time next year.”
This second ECS workshop cemented within DCO a burgeoning community of scientists who represent the future of deep carbon science.