Are you interested in international marine education, particularly in the Pacific? If so, register to participate online in the 2014 International Pacific Marine Educators Network biennial conference, being held July 12 in Tokyo (July 11-12 in the United States - see time conversions below).
The conference begins with opening remarks from the president of Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (TUMSAT) followed by presentation from students from Konan Junior High School, Yamawaki Gakuen Junior and High School, Kuji Junior High School and Misaki Junior High School and then TUMSAT professor Jota Kanda on radionuclides observation in biota off the coast of Fukushima after the nuclear power plant accident. IPMEN 2014 is being held in Japan to help bring hope back to the people of that devastated region.
Next, IPMEN attendees will deliver 18 presentations (in two concurrent sessions) on topics that address coastal recreation areas devastated by natural disasters; preparing coastal areas for natural disasters; balancing traditional knowledge with science and technology, including within the fisheries industry; and fostering an understanding of food cultures and traditions, including within fisheries.
IPMEN 2014 participants include four past NMEA presidents as well as marine educators from Australia, Belgium, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. Indonesia is anticipated to have a strong presence at the conference and may host the 2016 IPMEN conference.
If you are considering registering to participate online, please join us on July 8 at 3:30 p.m. Hawaii (6:30 p.m. Pacific or 9:30 p.m. Eastern) to take a test run of the videoconference system that will be used. You’ll be impressed by the quality and user-friendliness of the Blue Jeans system. If you decide to register, cost is only $50 per person or per group, and group participation is encouraged!
The conference can be viewed real-time or asynchronous. For more information or to sign up to take the test run, please email Sylvia Spalding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or if you are ready to register for the conference, go here and scroll down to 'Video Conference registration' >
Special thanks to NMEA, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council and the College of Exploration for sponsoring the web component of IPMEN Japan 2014!
Time conversions for IPMEN Japan 2014 conference
- Japan: July 12 (Saturday) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Hawaii: July 11 (Friday) from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Pacific: July 11-12 (Friday-Saturday) from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- Eastern: July 11-12 (Friday-Saturday) from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.