DISCO by Year


Dissertations Symposium in Chemical Oceanography (DISCO)

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Next DISCO meeting

Due to COVID-related travel and in-person meeting restrictions, the DISCO XXVII meeting planned for October 2020 will be held 17–21 October 2021. DISCO XXVII attendees already selected for the original dates will be attending the 2021 meeting.

The following DISCO meeting (DISCO XXVIII) will be held in October 2022, and those application materials will be available near the end of 2021, with a deadline for submission of ~April 2022. Applicants considered for invitation to DISCO XXVIII must have completed their dissertations after 30 June 2021, or provide certification from their Department Chair or Dean that they will complete their degree by 1 July 2023. For further questions, please email us at disco@soest.hawaii.edu.


Following the DISCO XXV meeting, the Chemical Oceanography Meeting “A Bottom-Up Approach to Research Directions” was held from 14–16 October 2016. The manuscript describing the meeting’s findings can be downloaded (open access) from Marine Chemistry (Volume 196, Pages 181-190, 2017) here.

The Dissertations Symposium in Chemical Oceanography provides recent graduates, or soon to graduate, PhD-level chemical oceanographers with an opportunity to present their dissertation research in front of their professional peers and to forge professional relationships that will facilitate their future research and academic careers.

DISCO participants (currently 25 per meeting) are selected from universities all over the world, with a majority of attendees from U.S. universities. The number of participants to date (DISCO I–XXVI) exceeds 640, and they were selected from an applicant pool that exceeded 80 eligible doctorates in recent years. At each meeting, a single senior scientist is invited to provide a keynote address and serve as a mentor during the meeting. This website incorporates links to past DISCO symposia (Click History above), showing the participants, the university that awarded their degree, and the year of their degree.





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