Written by Donna Charlevoix
10 June 2020
The UNAVCO President (Dr. Bendick) and Board chair (Dr. Flesch) were joined by their IRIS counterparts in a community town hall on June 4, 2020. The presentation focused on the progress of merger negotiations between UNAVCO and IRIS in response to the 23 January 2020 NSF Dear Colleague Letter. Over 130 individuals participated in the hour-long webinar.
UNAVCO and IRIS leadership shared that they have made excellent progress towards developing a new organization that will leverage the expertise and knowledge of both UNAVCO and IRIS. Discussions have been positive, collaborative, and forward-looking. They stated that it is clear that while there is a long history and deep culture associated with each organization, we will be able to come together in a merger of equals to create a new and innovative organization that will make vital contributions to an engaged society, which is resilient to geohazards and is informed by geophysical discovery and global collaboration.
The town hall presented some aspects of the developing merger arrangement, talked about future plans, and answered a number of questions. The full recording of the webinar is available for community members unable to attend or who would like to revisit the content.
An announcement was made of a naming content for the new, merged organization. Entries are now being accepted via this form. The deadline to submit is 15 July, 11:59 PM PDT. The winner will be announced in August.
Additionally, an announcement about a forthcoming Request for Information (RFI) soliciting possible locations for future operations was provided.
An approximate timeline for the remainder of the merger process was provided and is subject to change.
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