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Call for EoIs to Host WDS-IPO: New Deadline of 31 July!

Call for EoIs to Host WDS-IPO: New Deadline of 31 July!

Owing to the continued disruptions in many countries from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been agreed with the International Science Council to set a new deadline of Friday, 31 July 2020 for Expressions of Interest. Please note that this will be the final deadline for submissions.

The WDS International Programme Office (WDS-IPO) was created in March 2011. Since then, it has been hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan under two 5-year Letters of Cooperation between the International Science Council (ISC) and NICT. The current agreement ends on 31 March 2021 and, in light of this, ISC and the WDS Science Committee (WDS-SC) invite Expressions of Interest from interested parties to host the WDS International Programme Office by Friday, 31 July 2020.

The establishment, funding model, and governance of the new office is expected to build on the examples of the current WDS-IPO and the recently established WDS International Technology Office. However, creative suggestions are welcomed, including partial or shared hosting, or other innovative solutions. More information can be found in the Hosting Call. 

Expressions of Interest should be completed using this online form or by sending the form in the Call (pages 5–7) to ipo@icsu-wds.org, in either case no later than Friday, 31 July 2020. Please note that it is not expected for potential hosts to have precise details in place by this deadline; rather, they should state their interest and what they may be able to offer. In this regard, partial hosting solutions are of interest and will be considered. Further negotiations will then take place between ISC and selected bidding organizations, in consultation with the WDS-SC, to finalize the hosting arrangements.

Do not hesitate to contact the WDS-IPO (ipo@icsu-wds.org) if you have any questions or if require clarifications. Please also disseminate this Call to other interested parties, as appropriate: