The ISOPE, the International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers, was granted on September 15, 1989 the status of tax-exempt, non-profit scientific and educational organization under Code 501(c)(3) from the United States Internal Revenue Code. The ISOPE opened its offices initially in the USA, Japan, Korea, China, the UK and Norway. The Society membership is open equally to all with active interest in promoting engineering and scientific progress in the fields of interdisciplinary offshore, ocean and polar engineering. The membership comes initially from more than 30 countries, and encompasses a variety of activities including technical conferences, publications, scholarship and professional recognition programs, continuing education, and international cooperation.
The Society's annual conference, the Annual International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (ISOPE Conference), has held one of the world’s largest of its kind with refereed papers. The conference has been held alternatively among the continents, and has had participants from more than 50 countries.
The ISOPE holds additional specialty and regional symposia: European Offshore Mechanics Symposium — EUROMS (1990-); Pacific Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium — PACOMS (1990-); Ocean Mining (& Gas Hydrates) Symposium — OMS (1995-); International Deep-Ocean Technology Symposium — IDOT (1996-).
The primary objectives of the Society are:
· to advance at an international level the arts and sciences in and promote and improve technological progress in the interdisciplinary fields of offshore, ocean and polar engineering and related technologies through international cooperation and participation;
· to disseminate scientific knowledge and provide timely exchange of technical knowledge and information; and
· to provide opportunities through its programs for interested individuals to maintain and improve their individual technical competence in these fields, for the benefit of the public and the interested engineers in these fields.
Offshore Mechanics — Jin S. Chung, January 1982