IOGOOS/IOP/SIBER/IRF Annual Meetings and 1st IIOE-2 Steering Committee Meeting and Bio-Argo Workshop

Monday, January 30, 2017 to Saturday, February 4, 2017
Event City: 
Event Attendance: 
By invitation
Event Description: 

The integrated meetings of IOGOOS-13, IOP-13, SIBER-7 and IRF-7 will be held in conjunction with the first meeting of the IIOE-2 Steering Committee and a special Bio-Argo workshop between 30 January and 4 February 2017.

The main objective of that particular meeting will be to prepare the IndOOS review. This will be one of the major IORP activities in 2017. IndOOS was conceived about 10 years ago and it is now time to review its design. The IORP will organise and coordinate this review, sponsored by OOPC. The IORP will produce a white paper as background during 2017, with the review itself taking place in a 2 day workshop coordinated with the proceeding meeting of IOP/IOGOOS/IRF/SIBER, anticipated in early 2018. A workshop report with specific recommendations for evolving the system would be drafted and circulated to the sponsors for comment before being finalised.

3 days have been scheduled at the upcoming IORP/SIBER/IOGOOS meeting in Perth (back to back with the IIOE-2 steering committee) so that the IOP chairs and panel members, can work together towards drafting a white paper. Specifically, participants will gather information, hear from experts, develop a framework for the white paper, and delegate specific responsibilities moving forward. To that end, talks by IORP and SIBER members and invited experts to gather information are scheduled on the following aspects:

  • learn the history of IndOOS, successes and failures, and the big science achieved, so that we can identify issues and strategies related to designing and sustaining IndOOS.
  • get information and ideas about how to conduct a review, so that we can identify the best way to evaluate and evolve IndOOS
  • hear about important scientific advancements and broad-scale climate questions from across the Indian Ocean basin, so that we can identify the high impact science IndOOS will need to contribute to in the future.
Download:  1. Agenda - IndOOS Review Workshop (Jan. 30 - Feb. 1)
  2. Agenda - SIBER-7 Business Meeting (Jan. 31)
  3. Agenda - IRF-7 Annual Meeting (Jan. 31)
  4. Agenda - IOGOOS-13 Annual Meeting (Feb. 2)
  5. Agenda - IIOE-2 Steering Committee Meeting (Feb. 2 - 4)
  6. Agenda - Bio-Argo Workshop (Feb. 2 - 3)
  7.  Programme for Opening Ceremony (Jan. 30)
  8. Preliminary list of delegates
  9. Logistic information booklet
  10. UWA-Crawley Campus Map
  11. UWA-Crawley Campus Parking Map

Timetable        (Download: Meeting at a glance)


Mon 30 Jan 2017   08:30-17:00    IndOOS Review Workshop: IORP/SIBER/IOGOOS/IRF   (Venue: IOMRC Auditorium)

08:30-08:45   General introduction and objectives of the workshop
08:45-10:45   Scientific drivers: IO coupled modes of variability (Rapporteur: Weiqing Han)
11:15-12:30   Scientific drivers: Oceanic variability and change (Rapporteur: Ming Feng)
14:00-15:30   Scientific drivers: Physical and biogeochemical processes of the IO (Rapporteur: Makio Honda)
16:00-17:00   Rapporteurs will synthesise into a brief summary the scientific (and operational) drivers that IndOOS should address, seeking discussion and input from the group

Mon 30 Jan 2017   17:15-18:00     Welcome to Country and Opening Ceremony  (Venue: IOMRC Auditorium)

1. Welcome to country by Aboriginal elders
2. Short welcoming speeches from:
• Western Australian Chief Scientist
• Co-hosts IOCPPO & UWA
• Co-sponsors: CSIRO, SCOR, DFAT and BoM

Mon 30 Jan 2017   18:00-20:00          Cocktail Function      (Venue: IOMRC Courtyard <ground level>)

Tue 31 Jan 2017    08:30-17:30             

IndOOS Review Workshop: IORP/SIBER/IOGOOS/IRF-Cont
(Venue: IOMRC Auditorium)

08:30-10:00   2006-2016, 10 years of IndOOS and looking ahead (Rapporteur: Lin Liu)
10:30-11:30   Scientific drivers: IndOOS re-analysis products (Rapporteur: Roxy Mathew Koll)
11:30-12:30   2006-2016, 10 years of IndOOS and looking ahead (Rapporteur: Greg Cowie)
14:00-16:00   Looking towards new technologies for IndOOS (Rapporteur: Toshiaki Shinoda)
16:30-17:30   Rapporteurs will synthesise into a brief summary how the components of IndOOS (and future technologies) serve (can serve) the scientific and operational drivers, seeking discussion and input from group

Tue 31 Jan 2017  08:30-11:30

SIBER-7 Business Meeting 
(Venue: IOMRC Boardroom (5.01))


Tue 31 Jan 2017 19:00 -21:00   

IRF-7 Annual Meeting (incl. leadership of IOGOOS, IOP and SIBER)
(Venue: IOMRC Boardroom (5.01))


Wed 1 Feb 2017 08:30-15:30              
Joint Strategic Discussions on IndOOS Review (IORP/ SIBER/IOGOOS/IRF)​ 
(Venue: IOMRC Auditorium + break-out rooms (5.01, 2.02, 4.02))

08:30-12:30  Joint strategic Discussions around IndOOS review: IOP/SIBER/IO-GOOS/IRF
08:30-09:00  Guidance and Lessons from Pacific and Atlantic reviews
09:00-10:00  Break-out discussion 1 (groups of ~6)
• What scientific and operational outcomes should IndOOS achieve? (start with Rapporteur summaries from day 1)
10:00-10:30  Report back
11:00-12:00  Break-out discussion 2 (groups of ~6)
• How do (can) the components of IndOOS serve the scientific and operational goals? (start with Rapporteur summaries from day 2)
12:00-12:30  Report back

14:00-15h:30: White paper discussion: Self-identified authors of IndOOS Review only
• Use synthesis of ideas from the morning break-out sessions to frame the white paper
• Identify way forward, delegate writing responsibilities, draw up schedule

Wed 1 Feb 2017   16:00-17:30              IOP and SIBER Business meetings      (Venue: Rooms (2.02, 5.01))


Wed 1 Feb 2017  19:00-22:00    Joint Dinner-IOGOOS/IOP/SIBER/IRF & IIOE-2 Steering Committee   (Venue: UWA Tavern)

Thurs 2 Feb 2017  09:00-10:30         

IIOE-2 SC Parallel minu-workshops 
(Venue: Rooms (2.02, 4.02))
• Science Themes group
• Working Groups group 

Thurs 2 Feb 2017 08:00-11:00 (includes working tea)

IOGOOS-13 Annual Meeting (to incl. leadership of IOP, SIBER and IRF)     (Venue: IOMRC Boardroom (5.01))

Thurs 2 Feb 2017   11:00-17:30        

IIOE-2 Steering Committee meeting
(Venue: IOMRC Auditorium + break-out rooms (2.02, 4.02) for mini-workshops)
• Including commencement in IOMRC Auditorium 11:00-12:00
• Afternoon continuation of mini-workshops (open to all)

Thurs 2 Feb 2017  13:00-17:15

Bio-Argo Workshop  (VenueIOMRC Boardroom (5.01) + break-out rooms (4.02, 3.06))  - Including separately catered lunch on Thursday 2 Feb from 1200-1300 in area adjacent to  Boardroom (5.01)

• Session 1: Introduction to Bio-Argo: the role of autonomous biogeochemical observations within the Indian Ocean Observing System
• Session 2: Emerging science from biogeochemical profiling float observations in the Indian Ocean

Fri 3 Feb 2017  09:00-17:30           

IIOE-2 Steering Committee Meeting–cont.
(Venue: IOMRC Auditorium)

Fri 3 Feb 2017    08:30-12:30        Bio-Argo workshop 

• Session 3: User communities and impact areas for Indian Ocean Bio-Argo
• Session 4:What does Bio-Argo for the Indian Ocean look like?

Fri 3 Feb 2017  18:30-21:00          IIOE-2 Steering Committee Dinner / Aussie BBQ       (Venue: IOMRC Courtyard)

Sat 4 Feb 2017 09:00-17:30          IIOE-2 Steering Committee meeting – cont.   (Venue: IOMRC Auditorium)


Conference Venue      (Address: Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC), 63 Fairway (corner of Fairway and service road 4), Crawley WA 6009. Click here for a general location map of the IOMRC on the University of Western Australia campus. )

The meetings will be held at The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) on the University of Western Australia’s Crawley Campus ( The IOMRC is located on UWA Crawley campus in the south-west corner. A new 5 storey-building, the Centre includes UWA’s Oceans Institute, Version dated 230117 2 the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and CSIRO. Please refer to the UWA Crawley campus map, showing the location of the IOMRC in grid G5, building number 453. The main venue for the conference is the auditorium located on the ground floor of the building. Some meetings will take place in other rooms on other levels of the building, and participants will be escorted to these rooms by the organisers or student assistants.

Download:      1. UWA-Crawley Campus Map;                          2. UWA-Crawley Campus Parking Map


Please refer to the logistic information booklet.


A registration desk will be set-up in the lobby on the ground floor of the IOMRC building and be staffed at the following times:
- Monday 30 January: 07:30-08:30am
- Wednesday 1 February: 08:00-08:30am
- Thursday 2 February: 08:30-09:00am; and 10:30-11:00am

When you first arrive please visit the friendly people manning the desk, confirm your information and receive your conference badge along with other useful information. The desk will have records of the days you have registered to pay to attend. If you arrive when the desk is un-manned, please identify yourself to one of the meeting organisers as soon as possible.

Important: Please wear your badge at all times within the building as due to security it is important that you are identifiable as a conference attendee at all times.


You are required to advise of your proposed attendance at the conference as soon as possible and no later than 30 November 2016. Please RSVP to Louise Wicks (, with the following individuals in cc (depending on which meetings you will attend). In your RSVP please clearly state which meetings/days you will be attending and whether you have any food restrictions.

- IOP Co-chairs: Jérôme Vialard (; Lisa Beal (
- SIBER Co-chairs: Raleigh Hood (; Mike Roberts (; Secretariat - Satya Prakash (
- IOGOOS: Andreas Schiller (; Nagaraja Kumar (
- IRF: Nick D’Adamo (
- Bio-Argo Workshop: Nick Hardman-Mountford (
- IIOE-2 Steering Committee: Ed Urban (; Rajan Sivaramakrishnan (; Nick D’Adamo (

Registration Fee

The conference will involve a registration fee to help cover running costs. Details of the fee are as follows:

- Daily rate: $35 AUD pp/day

Payment could be made either 1) via Bank transfer or 2) via online payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) via Eventbrite organising website (

For further guidance of payment, please contact Louise Wicks ( or Nick D'Adamo (, with Henriette Grimmel ( in cc.

IMPORTANT: Registration fees are due to be paid on or before Monday 16 January 2017