Application to Sail

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Australian and New Zealand scientists now have access to participation in IODP expeditions on a basis that differs depending on how much the two countries pay toward membership. This is a major research opportunity and necessarily highly competitive.

At present, ANZIC scientists are allocated one place on the Chikyu (riser drilling), four on the JOIDES Resolution (non-riser drilling), and one on an alternative platform each year. One of these positions is presently allocated to New Zealand but all others to Australia. All scheduled expeditions are listed in where links to expedition details can be found, and where calls for applications are made.

All our applicants will be ranked by the ANZIC IODP Science Committee, and then sent on to the IODP/CDEX system (Joides Resolution and Chikyu), or the ECORD  system (alternative platform), where the co-chief scientists, staff scientist and others will put together science teams on the basis of scientific skills and balancing IODP member entitlements. The Science Committee is interested in a full range of applicants, ranging from highly experienced researchers to those who are early in their scientific careers, such as doctoral or post-doctoral students.

Applicants should apply to their own country representatives if they desire to participate as part of the science party on expeditions. For New Zealand scientists the contact is Stuart Henrys at GNS Science in Wellington ( and, phone +64 4 570 4812; web

If you are an Australian scientist interested in applying to join drilling expeditions, you should apply to Neville Exon, at (phone 02 6125 5131) using the standard Application to Sail , for which a Participation Plan & Budget and a short CV are needed. The Australian IODP office will pay all the travel costs of Australian participants, but cannot pay salary costs. All potential participants must be able to assure the Science Committee that they can take full advantage of their participation by being able to support a substantial science effort of analysis and paper writing after the expedition. This means that they need to show that they will be in a paid science position, and have access to the necessary analytical facilities, for up to two years after the expedition.