The 31st  International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) meeting is taking place these days in Barcelona. The event is held annually in September/October and involves managers of ocean research ship fleets for the purpose of discussing topics and sharing information of mutual interest.

Juanjo Dañobeitia, EMSO ERIC DG, will contribute to the discussion with a talk on “Improving the EMSO-ERIC Collaboration for the benefit of Marine Science”. The speech will take place on October 4th at 2 p.m.

Main topics and objectives of the annual agenda are:
– Best practice design and operation of research ships and associated scientific equipment
– The exchange of ship time and equipment between countries
– Benchmarking and co-operation in support of marine research
– Developments in national research fleets

Here you can find the full programme.

The International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) forum is a group of research ship operators representing 49 organisations from 30 countries who manage over 100 of the world’s leading marine scientific research vessels. IRSO membership is open to all research ship operating institutes or national research programmes that are engaged in the collection of data from ships at sea, and follow established protocols for the open publication of their results. IRSO also acts as a voice to promote the research ship community and provide expert advice to other bodies as required. Previously known as the International Ship Operators Meeting (ISOM), IRSO was founded in 1986 and is attended voluntarily with meetings hosted by and in participating countries.

This year the event is hosted by the Mediterranean Center for Marine and Environmental Research (CMIMA), a center that belongs to the CSIC.