IMBeR IPO - China

IMBeR International Project Office – China

IMBeR is a core project of the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Future Earth and has focused on integrated marine biosphere research (IMBeR) on the global and regional levels and worked toward the benefit of society. In the year 2020. the IMBeR established two international project offices in Shanghai (IPO-China) and Halifax (IPO-Canada) to better accommodate the growing needs of its community worldwide. The main tasks of the International Project Office - China (IPO - China) are to:
  • support and coordinate the activities of the  Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Regional Programme and the Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (SIBER) Regional Programme;
  • support and coordinate the activities of the Continental Margins Working Group (CMWG) and the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems Working Group (EBUS);
  • promote IMBeR and support the implementation of the IMBeR SPIS (2016-2025) in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and African region;
  • undertake educational outreach activities of IMBeR-related science to empower the above-mentioned regional scientists with IMBeR relevant scientific research skills;
  • administer and support IMBeR Endorsed Projects, National Contacts, and other affairs on demand.


Strategy Director
LIU Dongyan
Ex officio Scientific
Steering Committee
ZUO Fang
Deputy Executive Director
Executive Assistant

History of the office

Carol Robinson and staff members of the IPOs
From left, John Claydon, Lisa Maddison, Carol Robinson, Kai Qin, Fang Zuo
On ECNU campus, Jan. 2020

IMBeR and ECNU agreed that ECNU will support the IMBeR IPO-China for a period of five years commencing from the date of this agreement on 16 Jauanry 2020. The ECNU President, Prof. QIAN Xuhong, and Prof. Carol Robinson, Chair of the IMBeR Scientific Steering Committee signed the MoU and jointly unveiled the IMBeR International Project Office plaque in the presence of all participants.


Regional Project Office (2010-2019)

Front row from left, Julie Hall, Qun Chen;back row from left, Yunxuan Zhou, Pingxing Ding, Shuzhe Ding, Jing Zhang, Liping Peng
Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) previously known as Integrated Marine Biogeochemical and Ecosystem Research, IMBER was initiated by the IGBP/SCOR Ocean Futures Planning Committee in 2005 as an international science project with a focus on marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems. To promote the implementation of IMBER research and implementation strategy in the Asia-Pacific Region, Julie Hall, Chair of IMBeR SSC (2004-2010), and Chen Qun, Vice-President ECNU signed the MOU to establish the IMBeR Regional Project Office at ECNU in 2010. Eileen Hofmann, Chair of IMBeR SSC (2011-2016) announced the official operation of the IMBER Regional Project Office in March, 2011.
Back row, from left: Liuming Hu (IMBER Deputy Executive Officer), Yunxuan Zhou (Director of SKLEC), Shuzhe Ding (Director of the International Exchange Department of ECNU)
During its first three years, the IMBER RPO has made a significant contribution to the implementation of IMBER research and has brought significant benefits to the internationalization of State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research at ECNU. IMBER and ECNU agree to continue their collaboration. Eileen Hofmann (IMBeR SSC Chair 2010 - 2015) and Ziqiang Zhu (Vice-President of ECNU) signed the MOU on behalf of IMBeR and ECNU in 2013.
Back row from left: IMBeR SSC member Ying Wu, Xiuzhen Li, Vice Director of SKLEC,Subin Wang, Deputy Director of the International Exchange Department of ECNU, Gro van der Meeren, Executive Officer of IMBER IPO and Yi Xu IMBeR RPO Deputy Executive Officer.
Carol Robinson and Rongming Wang signed the new MOU on behalf of IMBeR and ECNU on 20 October 2016 at ECNU, Shanghai, China. 
Previous Staff
Dr. Liuming Hu, Deputy Executive Officer, 2011-2014
Dr. Yi Xu, Deputy Executive Officer, 2014-2017
Ms. Xiaona Wang, Project Assistant Trainee, 2018-2019

Major IMBeR meetings hosted by IPO-China (including earlier Regional Project Office)

Event Location Date
The 2nd IMBER SSC Meeting
Shanghai 2005.4.18-4.20
IMBER /LOICZ Continental Margins Open Science Conference
Shanghai 2007.9.17-9.21
The 5th China-Japan-Korea IMBER Symposium and Training
Shanghai 2011.11.22-11.25
International Workshop: Needs Assessment for Capacity Development for Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research in the Asia-Pacific Region
Shanghai 2012.7.31-8.4
ClimEco 4 - Delineating the Issues of Climate Change and Impacts to Marine Ecosystems: Bridging the Gap Between Research, Assessment, Policy and Management
Shanghai 2014.8.4-8.9
The 8th China-Japan-Korea IMBeR Symposium and Training Course
IMBeR endorsed Forum “Experiencing China – Dialogue on the Maritime Silk Road”
The 9th Hai Chuan Forum & IMBeR-FEC CMWG Workshop 2019 on Ocean Health and Sustainability in Chinese Marginal Seas
IMBeR West Pacific Symposium 2021 “Changing West Pacific Ocean: Science and Sustainability”
Shanghai 2021.11.22-11.25
Contact information
IMBeR International Project Office - China
Office A219 & A221, State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research (SKLEC)
Minhang Campus, East China Normal University (ECNU)
500 Dongchuan Road

Shanghai 200241, China

Tel.: +86 21 5483 6463