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HAST Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

Board members present: Alan Jamieson, Chiaki Kato, Christian Tamburini, Jian Lin, Stuart Piertney, and Yuzhong Zhang
 
Absent: Douglas H. Bartlett, Kang Ding, Sylvia Earle
 
 
Minutes
1)     Meeting called to order at 9:00 AM
2)     Welcome speech by Jiasong Fang
3)     Board members did self-introduction. Weicheng Cui presented members certificate of appointment and a photo was taken for the member and Weicheng Cui and Jiasong Fang
4)     Election: Alan Jamieson and Jian Lin were being elected as the chairman and vice chairman of the advisory board.
5)     Group photograph was taken
6)     Weicheng Cui and Jiasong Fang gave their talks entitled “Development strategy and progress of HAST” and “Hadal Science: size matters, or not?” respectively.
7)     Discussions (see below)
8)     Next board meeting will be in summer 2016.
9)     Adjournment at 12:00 p.m.
 
Discussions
Jian Lin: What are the strategic goals of HAST? How can the advisory board help with it? How to be unique and be a leader in one or more subject areas? The research directions mentioned by Weicheng and Jiasong are / will be applicable, but also full of international and domestic competitions.
Alan Jamieson: Expand the hadal science in a global scale, not just Mariana trench.
Stuart Piertney: In hadal science research, you cannot ask questions first. It goes along with what kind of samples / image-video materials you have got from the hadal zone. Besides, how to make people talk together for brainstorm?
Christian Tamburini: The water column in different depth and the whole ocean system should also be in consideration, not just the deep hadal zone. It will be great if we can sample along the diving progress. Cooperate with Sanya Institute? It’s important to build up a maintainable lab, learn from the world-class labs (e.g. WHOI, JAMSTEC) but be unique from them.
Kato Chiaki: Collect species from the surface to the deep, take samples using HOV could be great. Movable lab is valuable, also the key laboratory. Pay attention to the deep-sea sample archive system, similar to the IODP Core Repository in Kochi and Bremen. Learn how to attract the attention from students and how to link the scientists and students.
 
The above questions and advice are very instructive and here are some preliminary response from Weicheng Cui and Jiasong Fang.
HAST starts from deep-sea submersible technology and hadal science exploration. We named the Mariana Trench as the target because we aim to develop a submersible and the related equipment suitable for any depth, even the deepest. So we focus at present on the 11000 m depth but the worldwide trenches with varied depth and geological structures will be explored as well. Deep sea work with HOV, in situ sampling / experimental analysis will be feasible in future, in a safe way, of course.
For the research group, we try the best to support them with the topic that’s interesting to them and make them feel free to do science. For the education, we will establish funding for innovative programs; cooperate with other international universities / institutions for joint training of graduate students and postdocs. For public education in hadal science and technology, we have and will continue to build models and exhibit videos, pictures, stones, fishes (et al) from the deep sea, especially the trenches.
The last suggestion was about the interdisciplinary studies (e.g. deep sea microbiology, molecular biology, geochemistry, geophysics, physical oceanography), mentioned by all the advisory board members. Communication between scientists from different disciplines is vital, such as connecting biology and geochemistry, the ocean and the deep biosphere, teamwork on cruises, deep sea technology, and student training et al.
In the second day of the meeting, six advisory board members gave exciting talks about their research. The talks attracted many faculty and students from the College of Marine Sciences and other colleges of SHOU and have drawn up lots of questions and discussions. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the HAST and we are looking forward to more cooperation in future, to contribute to the marine science, specially the Hadal Science.