IRSO 2015

The 28th International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) meeting occurred on Oct 20-23, 2015 in La Jolla, California, USA.
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IRSO 2015 Group Photo


Co-Host and Meeting Venue: Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, California USA

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to provide you with details of the 28th International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) meeting which will be hosted by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The meeting is being co-hosted by Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) which will facilitate the meeting. The meeting venue is the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society, and the Environment in La Jolla, California, USA.

A downloadable PDF of the entire First Information for IRSO 2015 can be found here – First Information IRSO 2015

Registration Information:

Registration for IRSO 2015 is now closed. Please contact the office with any questions –

The cost for each member participating in the IRSO 2015 meeting will be $325 U.S. Dollars. The registration fee will cover continental breakfasts, lunches, USS Midway tour & reception, Birch Aquarium reception & dinner, as well as tour bus transportation to the Midway and the Birch Aquarium.

Guests: A fee of $75 per guest will cover the tours, icebreaker, and IRSO dinner at the Birch Aquarium.

Agenda Information:

The 2015 IRSO Draft Agenda v2.0 is now available for review – 2015 IRSO draft agenda v2.0 (PDF)

Please send any suggestions for agenda items to the IRSO organizing committee at

Hotel  & Travel Information:

A block of rooms for IRSO are at:

La Jolla Shores Hotel
8110 Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037

The reservation cut-off date for booking a room to receive the UNOLS discounted rate of $142/night Standard Room is Saturday, Sept 19, 2015. Detailed reservation instructions can be found on the First Information IRSO 2015 PDF document.

General Travel Guidelines:

The closest and most convenient airport to La Jolla is the San Diego International Airport – The airport and car rental facility are approximately 13 miles south of the meeting/hotel locations in La Jolla. Shuttle vans, taxis and rental cars are available at the airport. Participants are encouraged to check with their travel agencies and embassy for details on US Visa requirements.

List of Participants:

List of 2015 IRSO Meeting Participants

Meeting Minutes:

2015 IRSO Meeting Minutes


Day 1: Experiences on Recent Polar Science Cruises

Day 1: Polar Co-operation

Day 1: Polar Operations and the Polar Code

Day 2: Opening of 28th IRSO Meeting

Day 2: Delegates Report of Activity

Day 2: R/V Builds, Modifications and Performance

Day 3R/V Builds, Modifications and Performance (cont. from Day 2)

Day 3: Manning, Safety and Training

Day 3: Scientific Technology

Day 4: Legal and Insurance

Day 4: Guest Presentation

Day 4: Cooperation and Outreach

Day 4: Conclusion