Information for the AST-20 Meeting

The twentieth Argo Steering Team meeting will be hosted by the State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics (SOED) Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, in Hangzhou, China, the week of 11 – 15 March 2019.The Argo Steering Team Meeting is a time for the national groups who contribute to international Argo to come together and discuss logistical and technical matters pertaining to the Argo array.

There will be a BioGeoChemical Argo Steering Team meeting in the afternoon on 11 Monday and in the morning on 12 Tuesday March 2019. A closed session will be held in the morning on 11 Monday. The meeting location is No. 3 meeting room on the 2nd floor of the hotel.

The AST executive meeting will be held at 13h00 on 12 March 2019 in No. 3 meeting room on the 2nd floor.

The plenary AST meeting will be held 13 March 2019 through 15 March 2019. The start time will be 9h00 on the 13th and the location is Jinxi Hall on the 2nd floor.

There will be a welcome dinner hosted by SOED at the JINXI Hotel at 18h30 on 13 Wednesday 2019.

SOED was approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology in July 2006, and was reviewed in December 2009. SOED was established on the existing Laboratory of Ocean Dynamic Processes and Satellite Oceanography (LOPSO), gathering talents of traditional disciplines of physical ocean, marine remote sensing and marine ecological environment at the Second Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration. The founding director of SOED was Dr. CHEN Dake, now an academician member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The current director is Professor CHAI Fei, and the current director of the Academic Committee is CAS Academician WU Guoxiong. See more from

Please contact Megan Scanderbeg at if you need an official invitation letter to obtain a visa to China. Instructions on what to provide for the letter request are here.

Please register and request letters of invitation by 31 December 2018.