The third European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference (#EMSEA15) will be hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research and held at the Aquarium Cretaquarium in Crete from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1 this fall.
As EMSEA is now a well-established and widely recognized conference around Europe, we decided to take it a step further this year and challenge what we know and how we can use that to our benefit to grow, develop and build on this ever-increasing, active ocean literate community.
The idea is to focus on evaluating the impact of actions, projects and activities that have taken place since the first European conference on ocean literacy, in Bruges, in 2012. We want to look ahead to the future, and be part of ‘the way forward’ for ocean literacy! We want to thereby explore and discuss the development of ocean literacy in Europe, how ocean literacy is being used within formal and informal education and, finally, is ocean literacy really affecting us and the society we live in?
Evaluating and measuring the impact of ocean literacy and seeing the results from around the world is also important as we can learn and develop new ideas or collaborate with our counterparts from around the globe.
Based on the above, two main sessions have been formulated, one on "Evaluation of Actions and Measured Impact” and the other one on "The Way Forward”.
Both sessions are split into two parts, to make it easier to distinguish between different target groups.
SESSION 1 Ocean Literacy: Evaluation of Actions and Measured Impact:
1.b) Museums, Aquariums and Science Centres
EMSEA is continuously gaining support in Europe and beyond, however, it is time to pause, reflect and evaluate how far we have come and where we can go from here. It is time to evaluate past actions that have brought us here and use our lessons learned to shape the way forward and develop new ideas for the future of ocean literacy.
In this session, we therefore, expect to see abstracts that describe actions, activities and initiatives that have measured their impact on their audiences.
We are inviting abstracts that not only describe the activities carried out but also the evaluation of these actions and their impact. In this way, we will have a clearer picture of how ocean literacy has been, so far, perceived, by the target audiences of both formal and informal education.
SESSION 2 The Way Forward: Innovative Methods of Promoting Ocean Literacy:
2.a) Schools, Aquariums, Science Centres and Industry
2.b) Research Projects
This session looks at innovative methods of how to best promote ocean literacy in settings such as formal and informal education, or industry. The word ‘industry’ here could include companies responsible for children’s books, learning materials, educational toys, resources for school children and youth in general, ecotourism, recreation, and other related commercial ocean enterprises.
Research projects are often required to dedicate a part of their work on educational activities. It is interesting to look at these activities and see how we can keep the momentum going as, too often, when a project ends all efforts fade and results from educational activities are not further used or taken up once funding has terminated.
At the end of both sessions, ample discussion time and a "concluding remarks” session will allow for comments and suggestions on how to work around the issues identified during the sessions and on how to best use our knowledge, experience and resources for building and advancing ocean literacy in Europe and beyond.
We invite you to submit your abstract through May 30.
For further information concerning EMSEA15, visit our conference website and stay tuned by liking us on our new Facebook page!
- by Martha Papathanassiou and Géraldine Fauville on behalf of the EMSEA15 organizing committee