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Schedule Overview

Following is the most up-to-date schedule for the 2016 National Marine Educators Association Conference. Unless otherwise noted, conference activities will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

 

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Saturday, June 25

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Sea Grant Educators Meeting

 

Sunday, June 26

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM  NMEA Board Meeting

2:00 - 4:00 PM

ASCW Facilitators Meeting (FMSEA Only)

6:00 - 8:30 PM

NMEA Board Dinner***

***Off site activity 

 

 Monday, June 27

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Ticketed Workshops - Registration required. Start times vary

10:00 AM - 4:30 PM NMEA16 Registration Open
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM Exhibitor Set-up
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM International Committee Meeting
1:00 - 4:30 PM Ticketed Workshops - Registration required. Start times vary
1:15 - 2:00 PM Operations Pod Meeting
2:15 - 3:00 PM Communications Pod Meeting

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Events Pod Meeting

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Buddy Meet-up

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Tweet-up

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Conference Opening Event: Science Cafe

What's Ale-ing You? Local Impacts of Water Quality

 

Tuesday, June 28

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM     

NMEA16 Registration Open

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:15 - 9:45 AM

Opening Plenary: How Ocean Knowledge Changes the World

Rick Spinrad, Ph.D., CMarSci, NOAA Chief Scientist

Dr. Spinrad will talk about the significant role of oceanography in our lives, past, present, and future, and how we can use the force of knowledge of the oceans to build a resilient and sustainable future.

10:00 AM - 4:45 PM Youth Conference at NMEA
10:00 - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2
12:00 - 1:15 PM Lunch
12:30 - 1:15 PM Stakeholders Pod Meeting includes Membership Committee and Expanding Audiences Committee --> Oceans 1
12:30 - 1:15 PM TK Meeting with Tribal Reps --> Oceans 2
12:30 - 1:15 PM  Issues & Trends Pod Meeting includes Ocean Literacy Committee, Conservation Committee and Education Research Committee --> Oceans 3
1:30 - 3:15 PM  Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4 
3:30 - 4:00 PM  Snack Break
4:00 - 4:45 PM  Concurrent Session 5
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Poster Session

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Zoo/Aquarium Educators Meet-up

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Youth Making Ripples Mini Film Festival

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Evening Event at SeaWorld - Special NMEA16 Presentation at the Pilot Whale Stadium at 7:30 PM

 

Wednesday, June 29

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NMEA16 Registration Open

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 - 9:45 AM

Plenary Session: Saving Sharks...through research, education, and policy

George H. Burgess, Jane Davis, Sonja Fordham, Dr. Robert Hueter, David Shiffman, Vicky Vásquez, Jim Wharton

During the “rolling” panel discussion, this dynamic group of scientists and advocates will cover topics ranging from the state of global shark populations to the use of social media in conservation.

10:00 - 11:45 AM  Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

12:00 - 2:00 PM Lunch, Chapter Meetings & Chapter Basket Auction - Basket drawing at 1:30 PM
2:15 - 4:00 PM  Concurrent Sessions 3 & 4

4:00 - 4:30 PM

Snack Break

4:15 - 5:00 PM Concurrent Session 5
5:15 - 6:15 PM  Post-Secondary Education Meet-up

5:15 - 6:15 PM

Special Screening: "Dispatches from the Gulf"

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Silent Auction & Reception

7:30 - 11:00 PM

Evening Banquet, Live Auction & Dancing

 PM Past Presidents' Event***

 ***Off site activity  

Thursday, June 30

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NMEA16 Registration Open

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Exhibit Hall Open
8:30 - 9:45 AM

OpeningPlenary: Sea turtles as science ambassadors: connecting technology, oceanography, and manicurists to understand the sea turtle “lost years”

Kate L. Mansfield, Ph.D.,
Director, Marine Turtle Research Group, University of Central Florida


With beach work on the most important nesting beaches in the Western Hemisphere, to coastal and offshore in-water work, the University of Central Florida’s Marine Turtle Research Group (MTRG) studies turtles from eggs to “adulthood”. Recent work by the MTRG connects innovative uses of novel technologies, combined with ocean modeling, and a little help from a local manicurist to better understand the elusive sea turtle “lost years”.  

10:00 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2

12:00 - 1:45 PM

Lunch, NMEA Business Meeting & Awards

2:00 - 3:45 PM  Concurrent 3 & 4 
2:00 - 3:45 PM  New NMEA Board Meeting
3:30 - 4:00 PM  Snack Break

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Stegner Lecture featuring Biscayne National Park Rangers Megan Davenport and Gary Bremen. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial with personal experiences from national parks across the nation

5:15 - 6:15 PM  Shell and Sand Swap
5:15 - 6:15 PM  K - 12 Educators Meet-up
5:45 & 6:15 PM  Depart for SEA LIFE Orlando

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Ticketed Evening Event at SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando***

During this event, the aquarium will be closed to the public, giving NMEA 2016 participants a private night to enjoy the exhibits at the aquarium. The event includes dinner and a cash bar.  Transportation from the conference hotel will be via public shuttle. This is an optional ticketed event and is not included in the cost of conference registration. Guest tickets are available for adults and children and can be purchased during NMEA16 registration.


8:45 & 9:15 PM  Depart for Renaissance Orlando

***Off site activity  

 

Friday, July 1

6:45 AM - 1:00 AM

Ticketed Field Experiences - Registration required. Departure times vary

 

If you have any questions about the schedule, please contact NMEA16[at]fmsea.org.

 


 

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