Interested in taking part in collaborative relationships to build ocean literacy in the Pacific region? Then consider participating in the International Pacific Marine Educators Network 2014 conference! This event will take place July 10-16 in Tokyo and Iwate, Japan, where the tidal wave devastation occurred in 2011.
If flying to Japan doesn’t fit your schedule or budget, consider participating online – you can do so from the comfort of your home and minimize your carbon footprint as well!
The deadline to submit abstracts for proposed presentations, which may be delivered online as well as in person, is May 31. Papers have already been accepted from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and the U.S.!
May 31 is also the deadline to register to attend the conference in person. Please visit the IPMEN website for conference details.
Registration for online participation is now available, and participation by groups is encouraged. For example, during the 2010 IPMEN conference held in Australia, members of the OCEANIA Marine Educators Association participated online as a group from Hawaii. For the 2014 IPMEN conference, Hawaii marine educators are planning to participate remotely again as a group.
Keep updated on the conference on Twitter via @IPMENJapan and #IPMEN14.
NMEA and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council have provided financial support for the online component of the IPMEN Japan conference.
Stay tuned here for more info on this exciting conference!