[unav_all] The Future of MARGINS: A Planning Workshop for a MARGINS Successor Program

Shelley Olds olds at unavco.org
Wed Oct 14 14:44:55 MDT 2009

The Future of MARGINS: A Planning Workshop for a MARGINS Successor Program

San Antonio, TX, February 15-18, 2010

Application Deadline: November 6, 2009

Convened by: J. Morgan, R. Arrowsmith, M. Behn, S. Bilek, C. Ebinger, M.
Hirschmann, D. Saffer, D. Wiens, A. Goodliffe, T. Gardner. MARGINS Steering
Committee chair: G. Abers.

In its first decade, the MARGINS program has yielded fundamental insights into
the processes that shape the evolution of active plate margins. NSF
authorization of a MARGINS Successor Program now depends on community
development of a clear and focused Science Plan that identifies and elucidates
fundamental, multidisciplinary scientific objectives with high potential for
transformative discoveries in plate margin evolution and geodynamics. The
Science Plan must also map out the structure of the program. Key decisions will
be made at this workshop to lay the groundwork for the new Science Plan,

- Define high-priority Research Questions
- Outline the Initiative Structure and Scientific Goals
- Identify Focus Sites or Thematic Topics to meet the goals
- Define new MARGINS educational / outreach programs
- Provide guidance to the Science Plan Writing Team

This planning workshop represents a critical step for furthering MARGINS
research. To ensure broad community representation and full consideration of
emerging opportunities and new directions in MARGINS research, all scientists
with interests in plate margins science are encouraged to apply, in particular,
young investigators and members of under-represented groups. Present or previous
MARGINS funding is not a prerequisite for attendance.

Please visit the meeting web site
(www.nsf-margins.org/SuccessorProgram/index.html) for additional information,
access to planning documents, and to submit an online application by Nov 6,
2009. Full to partial travel and accommodation costs will be covered for
eligible participants.

Workshop web page: www.nsf-margins.org/SuccessorProgram
Application Deadline: November 6, 2009

Please send any questions to the MARGINS Office: margins at nsf-margins.org

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