IMBeR IPO - China

IMBeR International Project Office – China

Contact information
IMBeR International Project Office - China
Office 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
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

On 16th January 2020, the MoU Signing Ceremony between the East China Normal University (ECNU) and the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project was held at the ECNU North Zhongshan Road campus. 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. 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.

The main tasks of the International Project Office - China (IPO - China) are to:
  • promote IMBeR research and support the implementation of the IMBeR SPIS (2016-2025), with a focus on the Asia-Pacific Region, the Middle East, and Africa;
  • support and coordinate the activities of the following IMBeR Regional Programmes and Working Groups: Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Regional Programme, Sustained Indian Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (SIBER) Regional Programme, the Continental Margins Working Group (CMWG), and the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems Working Group (EBUS);
  • undertake educational outreach activities of IMBeR-related science; and promote capacity building of IMBeR relevant skills.


Strategy Director
ZUO Fang
Deputy Executive Director
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History of the office

Regional Project Office (2010-2019)

Front row from left, Julie Hall, Qun Chen;back row from left, Yunxuan Zhou, Pingxing Ding, Shuzhe Ding,mJing 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 focus on marine biogeochemical cycles and ecosystems. To promote the implementation of IMBER research and implementation strategy on the Asia-Pacific Region, Julie Hall, Chair of IMBeR SSC (2004-2010) and Chen Qun, Vice-President ECNU signing 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. In 2017, as IMBER became the core project of Future Earth global change research, IMBER positioned its research direction in the next decade (2016-2025) as "Ocean sustainability under global change for the benefit of society" and renamed IMBeR.


Major IMBER meetings hosted in China

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