NSF’s goal in supporting the workshop was to “refine and develop a topic for a future Convergence Accelerator track” that can hasten convergence research between academia, industry, government agencies, foundations, and others, she said. De Menocal called the Convergence Accelerator one of the most exciting initiatives at NSF. “We need to transform ocean and climate science to produce the kind of knowledge we need,” de Menocal said, highlighting one key challenge. The Convergence Accelerator “is tailor-made for the geosciences and ocean sciences in particular,” adds Richard Murray, WHOI deputy director and vice president for research. “Without convergence, you’re not going to get very far in ocean research,” says Murray, who served as director of NSF’s Division of Ocean Sciences from 2015 to 2018.