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Transition of the InterRidge Office to Korea

Year 2019 has been very active for InterRidge, with the organization of three workshops (Workshop on Integrated Multidisciplinary Observations in Vent Environments – IMOVE, in Bergen, Norway; Workshop on Hydrothermal Ore-forming Processes and the Fate of Seafloor Massive Sulfides Deposits along Slow and Ultraslow Spreading Mid-Ocean Ridges, in Hangzhou, China; Workshop on Seamounts and Islands Associated With Mid-Ocean Ridges, in Lisbon, Portugal) and the Theoretical Institute "Hydrothermalism in 4D: current challenges and emerging issues" in Banyuls, France, the selection and funding of 3 Fellowships and 2 Cruise Bursaries to support young scientists, and fruitful interactions with SCOR and ISA, to cite only a few. An important step is the decision of the Steering Committee to officially extend the scope of InterRidge to the whole deep ocean floor research.

At the very end of 2019, the Steering Committee accepted the bid of Seoul National University submitted by Prof. Lee Sang-Mook to host the InterRidge Office for the period 2020-2022, with a 3-month transition period to transfer the Office from Paris to Seoul. We are now starting this transition period, the Paris and Seoul Offices being both active until March 31st.

The InterRidge Office in Paris takes the opportunity to wish the best of luck to our successors in Seoul, and a long life to InterRidge!