The International Indian Ocean Expedition (IIOE, 1959-65) has been the largest international effort ever undertaken to explore the oceans, in which 40 ships from 20 countries took part. The IIOE led to immense improvement in the understanding of the oceanography of the Indian Ocean and facilitated human resource development in marine sciences in the region. One of its most important outcomes was the establishment of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, which is now one of the finest oceanographic laboratories in the world.
The Second IIOE-2 was launched in December 2015 at the culmination of the Indian Ocean Symposium at Goa to mark the completion of 50 years of first IIOE. The IIOE-2 is a multi-national, multi-institutional programme to advance our understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, geological and climatological aspects of the Indian Ocean to enhance its role on the socio-economy of the region. IIOE-2 has been extremely successful in garnering the interests of International Oceanographic Community to study the different facets of the basin using modern observational tools and models. One of the major emphasis of the IIOE-2 was to translate the knowledge on the Indian Ocean for the benefit of the population residing in the countries on the rim.
To assess the progress and scientific knowledge gained during the last 4 years of IIOE-2 (during 2016-2020) the "International Indian Ocean Science Conference 2020 (IIOSC-2020)" is planned during 16-20 March 2020 in Goa, India co-hosted by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa, National Centre for Polar Ocean Research (NCPOR) Goa, Goa University and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) Hyderabad, India. The conference will cover all six themes of IIOE-2 Science plan (i.e., human impacts and benefits; boundary current dynamics and ecosystem impacts; monsoon variability and ecosystem response; circulation, climate variability and change; extreme events; and discovery of unique physical, geological, biogeochemical and ecological features of the Indian Ocean). Presentations highlighting innovative ideas on "Translating benefits of Science to Society" or with societal implications are encouraged.
The conference is expected to be attended by over 600 scientists and researchers from all over the world. It will comprise keynote addresses by leading scientists, and other oral and poster presentations. Provision is also being made for exhibition of ocean technology and instrumentation by various manufacturers/ suppliers. The conference will thus provide them an opportunity to advertise and showcase their products to the international scientific community.
Organization of a conference of this scale will be possible only with the support from various organizations including the industry. It is in this context that we are approaching you with a request to provide financial support to promote Indian Ocean research. We hope that you will generously contribute toward hosting of this event. As a sponsor you will be provided space and facilities to display any item or product of your choice at the venue of meeting.
Contributions in the form of crossed cheques/demand drafts/net banking may kindly be sent in the name of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography payable at State Bank of lndia, Dona Paula, Goa. For further information please contact the local organising committee: Dr. V. Sanil Kumar, (Phone: +91-832-2450327, E-mail: sanil[at]nio[dot]org).
Sponsorer Logo will be displayed on the Inaugural Stage back drop and Entry
to Exhibition Pavilion.