Dear Members of the IRIS Community,
On the last day of the SAGE-GAGE Annual Workshop in Portland, a joint meeting of the IRIS and UNAVCO Boards unanimously approved the establishment of a Negotiation Committee to explore the terms and conditions of a potential future merger between our two organizations. The main motivation for this merger is the announcement by NSF at the workshop that they will require the SAGE and GAGE facilities be managed as a single, integrated facility with one operator when these facilities are recompeted at the end of our current 5-year awards.
The Negotiation Committee has been tasked with developing a proposed agreement and plan of merger that would be effective October 1, 2023. These plans will be reviewed by both Boards in August 2020 at next year's GAGE-SAGE community workshop. The IRIS members of this Joint IRIS-UNAVCO Negotiation Committee are:
Doug Wiens, IRIS Board Chair
Bob Detrick, IRIS President