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Guest Blog by Anne Stewart: CaNOE's role in the global ocean literacy movement

Posted By Jeannette Connors, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In the first of a three-part series, CaNOE's (Canadian Network for Ocean Education) Co-chair Anne Stewart explains CaNOE's place in the global ocean literacy movement.

CaNOE works to advance ocean literacy in Canada, but not in isolation. CaNOE, and Canadians, benefit by connecting to the global ocean literacy groundswell that is gaining momentum and imbuing ocean optimism.

Internationally, CaNOE has links to networks like the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) in the USA, and the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA). These are professional associations, which, like CaNOE, aspire to an ocean literate citizenry: people who understand the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean. Ocean literate citizens can also communicate about the ocean in meaningful ways and make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean’s well being and its gifts. NMEA is the oldest (40+years) and largest of these organizations, and is a primary proponent of the collaborative and evolving ocean literacy framework. CaNOE and EMSEA are of a similar young age, both arising around the time of the Galway Statement.

The tripartite Galway Statement – signed by the USA, EU and Canada in 2013 – placed ocean literacy as a foundational and crosscutting theme for transatlantic research cooperation. The signing was followed in Europe by substantial financial commitments to the ocean literacy projects Sea Change and ResponSEAble, both funded through Blue Growth, Horizon 2020. These projects are also buoyed by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance – Coordination and Support Action Project (AORA-CSA). The implementation of the Galway Statement is achieved internationally through AORA with senior tripartite leadership and through tripartite working groups that collaborate on areas of identified mutual cooperation.

Transatlantic cooperation in the Galway sense refers both to the North Atlantic with its Arctic interactions, and to the tripartite countries, unions, and seas on both sides of the North Atlantic. In Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard (DFOCCG) leads and consults nationally throughout the year with the Galway Canadian Marine Working Group. Chairs and co-chairs of identified areas of co-operation also work internationally with their respective AORA working groups. (To help visualize AORA and how it works, see the image below.)

The Trilateral Galway Implementation Committee tasked the AORA Ocean Literacy working group to also work with AORA Aquaculture and AORA Seabed Mapping working groups and to advance the G7 Ministers’ action on plastic in the ocean. With so much going on, the AORA Ocean Literacy working group recently expanded to include leadership from NMEA, EMSEA and CaNOE. This was formalized through a unanimous recommendation by the AORA Ocean Literacy Working Group Co-leads in their contribution to the Galway “Golden Paper” accepted by Galway Implementation Leadership. This formalizes bottom up, as well as top down participation, in boosting ocean literacy across the Atlantic by assuring participation of individuals who are well immersed, dedicated to, and fluently conversant in the drive towards ocean literacy.

The current AORA Ocean Literacy working group has collaborated for four years, since formative transatlantic ocean literacy workshops were held in the UK, Belgium, Sweden and Portugal. CaNOE was there for the entire voyage in its frail little craft, crewed solely by volunteers. There was no funding or travel support from Canada and it was only through the generosity of the European Commission, Portugal, EMSEA, NMEA and AORA-CSA that CaNOE volunteers were able to participate at the transatlantic ocean literacy table. From the inception of the idea of transatlantic ocean literacy, Canada has been involved via CaNOE.

- CaNOE Co-chair Anne Stewart

In November, 2017 CaNOE co-chair was joined by Tara Donaghy, appointed by Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard. Tara is well positioned to make a really positive difference to the future of collaborations and a very warm welcome is extended.

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EMSEA 2016 kicks off in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, October 3, 2016

EMSEA16 logoOur friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association are kicking off their fourth annual conference this week!

It is being held at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland, from October 4-7.

Check out the official website for more details or download the official program here > 

 Follow along from afar with the #EMSEA16 hashtag and on our Storify, where we will compile tweets and photos from the conference daily! 

Titanic Belfast

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Guest Blog by Martha Papathanassiou: NMEA15 in Rhode Island - My first time at NMEA

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, August 18, 2016
Having participated in several conferences about marine science education and ocean literacy in Europe, it was time to tread on new ground. I remember when I met Meghan Marrero, in Sweden, during another work meeting about ocean literacy and the link between the U.S. and Europe. She was later to become my nominator for the Expanded Audiences Audience Scholarship, which I successfully received in May 2015. It was going to be the first time I would attend the Holy Grail of Conferences (for me): the annual NMEA conference in Rhode Island.

Beyond Greece, my work involved networking with marine science educators in Europe, the Transatlantic Ocean Literacy Panel and marine educators throughout the United States and beyond and to experience best practices for marine education and communication, which I could bring to my work in Europe and share through my professional networks.
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The timing of the annual NMEA conference was also pretty critical: a few months after the conference, I was putting on a conference of my own: the European Marine Science Education Association (EMSEA) conference, held in Crete. As the Chair of the EMSEA15 Conference, it was important for me to experience an NMEA conference, as EMSEA conferences have largely been based on lessons learned from NMEA.

During the 2015 conference in Newport, I met the conference organizers, I had the opportunity to observe how a successful conference is run, got some tips and fresh ideas on how these tips could be applied to the conference I was responsible for, while one of the ideas stuck with me in the long term and the EMSEA community can be thankful for it now: the auction. It was one of the highlights of the conference for me and it was an idea I later suggested to the EMSEA15 Organizing Committee, as we often hear about our colleagues who are not able to join us in these fruitful conferences due to the increased registration fees and travelling costs. For this reason, we decided to hold the first ever EMSEA fundraising event, in order to raise money for a scholarship for the upcoming EMSEA16 Conference, to be held in Belfast, in October. The event was an Aquarium Bingo, which took place right after the end of the conference. It also served the purpose of building community, getting to know colleagues and sharing fun activities with them while also raising money for an important cause.
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The Aquarium Bingo was a successful and fun event, which allowed us to raise more than 600 euros for two bursaries, each worth 300 euros. The money will be used to cover the registration fees of individuals who are not usually able to attend the conference. The event was organized with the help of the HCMR’s Aquarium staff, who have long and solid experience in similar events. Participants paid a small fee to participate in the bingo and then entered the Aquarium in order to identify the various animals they saw in the photographs they had been handed out. Once all animals were identified, the game came to an end. The feedback from the delegates was very positive and everyone was happy to participate in an event held for a good cause. Personally, I think it was probably one of the most important events of the EMSEA15 Conference and I hope it will become a tradition in the coming years at EMSEA conferences. For this, I can only thank NMEA for inspiring me to set up this event.

Being at NMEA15, I had the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of NMEA members and share my ideas about how ocean literacy has spread in Greece and the Mediterranean region, as well as throughout Europe.

EMSEA 2015The opportunity to present the 2015 EMSEA Conference was highly valuable to me and EMSEA overall, as it is the first time that the EMSEA conference is moving to the south of Europe and it is really important to gain visibility, promote the conference as much as possible and personally invite members of NMEA to attend.

More importantly though, I think my experience can only be measured in the wealth of new friendships and relations that were built during those few days. Personally, and professionally, the benefit of attending such a conference cannot be described in words. I am ever so thankful to have attended NMEA, meet so many education professionals from around the world, while I was thrilled to see my new friends and colleagues at EMSEA15.

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Guest Blog by Robert Rocha: EMSEA 2015 in Crete

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Monday, December 21, 2015

The third annual European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference was held from September 28 through October 1, 2015, at the CretAquarium in Gournes, Crete. More than 100 people from 22 countries attended this great event. The conference focused on two topics: evaluating actions and methods as well as their impact on diverse audiences, including schools and aquaria; looking ahead into the future and shaping ‘the way forward’ for ocean literacy in Europe and beyond. Workshops were well run and well attended.

EMSEA 2015

Social events included a roof-top ice breaker, and one night later a tour, dinner and traditional Cretan dancing at an open-air museum. Pierre-Yves Cousteau gave an inspiring keynote lecture and, to end the conference, attendees very enthusiastically, and very generously, participated in Aquarium Bingo, as a means of raising scholarship funds for EMSEA 2016.

EMSEA 2015

NMEA was well represented with fifteen members in attendance. Several, including Ivar Babb, Tina Bishop, Evy Copejans, Geraldine Fauville, Susan Haynes, Meg Marrero, Diana Payne, Gail Scowcroft, Craig Strang, Peter Tuddenham, and I, led workshops and/or poster sessions.

EMSEA 2015

An interesting and successful format for sharing information was the Open Space Discussion. Everybody in attendance gathered in one large room and were encouraged to offer topics of discussion by writing them on a sticky note, ‘selling’ the topic to the crowd and choosing a time to lead the talk. Once the topics were posted, attendees could choose one for the first time slot and another for the second time slot. According to the rules, ‘Whoever shows up is the right amount of people for that group and whatever takes place is the only thing that could have happened.’ Personally, I enjoyed the Open Space Discussion about finding international ways of celebrating the 500th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage.

EMSEA 2015

Congratulations to conference chair Martha Papathanassiou, the EMSEA team, the staffs of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research and the CretAquarium for a successful and informative conference. Mark your calendars for the fourth EMSEA conference, scheduled for October 4-7, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

- Robert Rocha, 2015-16 NMEA President

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Following along with #EMSEA15 from afar

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

EMSEA 2015 Storify

The third European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) conference is being hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete, from September 28 through October 1. Follow along as we compile tweets, photos, and links in this Storify

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Guest Blog: Time to submit your abstract for the EMSEA 2015 conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, May 16, 2015
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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.a) Schools
     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.EMSEA Facebook page

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

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Guest Blog by Anne Stewart: EMSEA 2014

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, December 20, 2014

EMSEA14 logoThe 2014 European Marine Science Education Association (EMSEA) conference was held at Gothenburg University, a center of marine science, in the medieval heart of the old city of Gothenburg, Sweden. The city boasts Sweden’s biggest science center as well as a wonderful aquarium and maritime museum. Lobster season was open as the conference began and so were the hearts and minds of attendees from around the world, ready to be inspired about ocean literacy and best practices in marine science education.

This blog is just a sketch of the conference, it only includes a few of the presentations and the view is my own. I also tweeted at the conference from my account and you can find everyone’s tweets by looking at #emsea14 on Twitter.

Gaelle Le Bouler opened the conference, addressing the audience from the perspective of the European Commission, where she is the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Gaelle put the importance of the conference into the context of current affairs in the European Union (EU) and emphasized the high-level, political will to advance ocean literacy in Europe. She spoke about the Galway Statement signed by EU, Canada and US and explained the structure and progress of working research groups. She shared her surprise with us at receiving thirteen proposals from consortiums responding to the EU Horizon 2020 called “BG-13-Ocean Literacy”.

Lisa Emelia SvenssonLisa Emelia Svensson, was the keynote speaker and as Sweden’s Ambassador for Oceans, Seas and Fresh Water, provides advice and expert guidance to the Swedish Minister for the Environment on the action needed to move forward on Sweden’s international ocean and water agenda. She is part of the Foreign Service and spoke knowledgeably about ocean issues, the different sectors, sustainability, politics and ocean literacy. She inspired all of us to view potential challenges as opportunities, by thinking outside of the box for a blue economy that is integrated with the green.

Svensson reminded us that new approaches, such as ecosystem-based management, must be explained to people with language that they understand. Sweden has committed to an ecosystem approach by 2018 and people need to understand the benefits. Ocean governance is also a challenge as there are 576 bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

She also spoke about a broad range of topics from maritime spatial planning, to maritime transportation, to innovations for a healthy planet, new consumerism and social media, and emphasized the importance of cross-sector work within government. She reminded us that ocean literacy is also needed within the government and she reported that on a global level, there are a lot of events and activities that can raise awareness about the ocean.

Svensson brought the audience back to self and the importance of individuals at the end of her talk, reminding us that ideas and leadership come from individual people. She suggested facilitating dialogue between scientists and policy makers, by starting at a local level and then scaling up. It was a treat to experience Svensson’s presentation. In my view, the creation of ambassadorships for oceans and water in more countries would help further global ocean literacy faster than any action.

The first session presenter was Joachim Dengg from GEOMAR in Germany. There are about 500 scientists at GEOMAR working on topics such as ocean circulation and climate dynamics, marine bio-geology, deep sea, natural hazards, resources from the sea and plate tectonics. He questioned whether school outreach in marine research was a welcome addition or an extra effort and concluded that scientists needed to be able to choose. He demonstrated the positive difference to the efficacy of outreach efforts that a judicious coordinator could make and how he plays this role himself. 

John Parr (MBA) takes over from Geraldine FauvilleSam Dupont presented on a case study of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Facebook page and ocean literacy. The question was: can Facebook be used to increase scientific literacy? Geraldine Fauville, the PI, was at MBARI for ten weeks and had access to their amazing stories and materials. She was looking at how to optimize the posting strategy to engage users and was evaluating this using quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Their findings indicated that strategy doesn’t seem to change number of fans. The numbers reached were very variable, none to 50 per day, whether there was a post or not. She found that there are more hits if there are photos and videos and their conclusions were: use visuals, post as often as possible and when does not matter. The authors felt that there was a lot of investment of time and energy for a potentially limited rewards since it was a little like “singing to the choir”. However, a tweet from Jim Wharton of the Seattle Aquarium was a good reminder that “singing to the choir” is not in vain as it supports them in communicating to their networks which adds to the ripple effect that can ultimately have the most impact.

Next we jumped to Malta where Alan Deidun is setting up an ocean literacy hub. The International Ocean Institute (IOI) was started in 1972, has special consultative status at the United Nations and although centred in Malta, is now also found in 25 countries around the world. The Malta center is working toward ocean literacy and advocacy, training and education, and research and collaboration.

Spot the JellyfishDeidun talked about several IOI citizen science projects such as Spot the Jellyfish, which involves a range of participants, from school children to mobile phone users at sea, who photograph jellies and send them in along with location data. The program has produced posters, waterproof jelly guides, GIS jelly apps for iPhone and Android, and postcards. IOI has also produced three popular under-water documentaries on Marine Protected Areas as well as YouTube videos.

IOI is interested in taking this maritime hub further and is seeking partners on possible projects. They will be hosting the PERSEUS conference in November 2015. A question about divers had Alain pointing out that Malta has about 100,000 SCUBA divers visit annually so the potential for citizen science is great and already happening with invasive species.

The flash (one minute) poster presentations were a really great way for everyone to hear from all of the poster presenters and helped inform later discussions at the posters. Portuguese high school students and their teacher presented my favourite EMSEA poster. It outlined their original research on beach micro-plastics from clothing and gave us all a reason for ocean optimism. The integrity, passion and excitement of youth, certainly gives me hope for the future. Portuguese students with their teacher

Annie Russell and Susan Gebbels spoke about two of the different types of programs to create young coastal guardians at the Dove Marine Laboratory, at Newcastle University, and in local communities. The first uses a pedagogy that is student-led and includes topics such as marine ecology, maritime heritage, shipping and renewable energy. The questions that the students ask leads where the session will go, and yes, that is a scary idea for many educators. The learning then follows a truly inquiry-based approach, which is both interactive and provides access to things (objects, tools, artifacts) that promote learning not available to the students everyday. Educators have to be incredibly flexible, and aware that the children may learn things other than pre-set goals. 

The second type of program Russell and Gebbels spoke about was a five day program culminating in a multi-school event that raised awareness about ocean litter through art, including music, poetry and posters. On the final day all five schools got together on Oceans Day for a marine mammal talk, sand sculpting, and a poster competition. Students also created a huge collage, made a giant plastiki boat, sang sea shanties, wrote a messages in a bottle with what they learned, and made a pledge of what they would do to help.

Russell and Gebbels reported that the student buy-in is instant: they get to be creative, they gain confidence, and the legacy is that they become the teacher. Children and teachers were absolutely ‘hooked’ and all the resources are free online. Their advice for the audience was: make it relevant, achievable, and fun. 

One of my favourite sessions was a hands-on lab led by Mirjam Glessemer, who took her learners on adventures in oceanography and teaching right in the classroom. Her methodologies advance learning speed and depth through enquiry, peer-to peer learning, building on prior knowledge and understanding prior misconceptions. This was a busy, noisy, engaged workshop where everyone was talking, reasoning, and manipulating water, salt, and ice.

Nia Haf JonesNia Haf Jones presented on the Nautilus Exploration Program, which uses tele-presence technology to inspire the next generation in real-time. Nia is a very passionate Science Communication Fellow with the Ocean Exploration Trust, when not working with north Wales Conservation Fund. The Science Communication Fellows are trained at NOAA’s Inner Space Station at the University of Rhode Island, the site of next year’s NMEA conference. They also go to sea aboard the Nautilus for three week expedition and engage learners in events over the year. During the lunch break we had a brief tele-presence connection with the Nautilus crew as they did a deep dive in the Caribbean - an unplanned but awesome addition to the program.

Portugal stands out as a maritime nation that takes ocean literacy really seriously - they have designed a map for youth to help change their view of their country and extend their perspective out to sea. The beautiful new map places the outer limit of the continental shelf and Portugal on the right side, with the map centered on the sea. It was validated pedagogically and maps went to all the schools. Politicians, including the President, and the media got involved and there was lots of coverage by the press.

The educational team created teacher’s resources for geology, economy, ecology, pulled together lists of hands-on and minds-on activities, and the mapping team made maps of living and non-living resources, which all help in learning through discussion and debate. Workshops and teacher training was carried out to satisfy teacher’s needs for information, resources and access to the teams. Further links were made between the policy makers and educators/schools. I really like the way Portugal tackles Ocean Literacy and identifies itself as a maritime nation. Check out the map online even if you don’t speak Portuguese - it is pretty inspirational!

The last session I am going to cover is that of Luc Zwartjes, an amazing Belgian geography teacher who led a great open source GIS workshop that demonstrated how creating and manipulating maps can increase ocean literacy. In brief, he had a group of GIS neophytes making and saving ocean maps of wind-farms and shipping routes in no time at all. We can all be thankful that Luc also trains teachers amongst his many other contributions and accomplishments.

Finally, I have to add just one more tantalizing link: Discovery of Sound in the Sea. This is thanks to Gail Scowcroft’s thought-provoking presentation on ‘The science of underwater sound: merging research, education, and policy.” 

I'd like to send a big shout-out to the organizers of this conference including the EMSEA team, the University of Gothenburg and their friends at the Maritime Museum & Aquarium, Universeum, Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Science at Kristineberg and the upper secondary sailing school, Öckerö Gymnasieskola. I thank the organizers for allowing me to do a five-minute, dance-along presentation on ‘Canadian progress in Ocean Literacy with the Voices of Youth’ in the closing ceremonies. I am personally grateful to NMEA for a scholarship that helped me to attend. I hope that my tweeting and blogging goes a little ways towards showing my deep gratitude for that assistance to participate in the great conference that was EMSEA14. Also, thanks to Peter Tuddenham for his photos that I've included in this post.

If you want more information, check out the EMSEA conference website >

- Anne Stewart,  marine environmental educator and communicator
Read more from Anne on her personal blog, A Stewart in Bamfield

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Guest Blog by Géraldine Fauville: A sneak peek at the second European Marine Science Educators Association conference

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

EMSEA14 conference venue The second European Marine Science Educators Association conference, hosted by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden (pictured), is only few days away and everything is starting to fall into place to welcome the 130 participants from 22 countries.

EMSEA14 delegates come from a broad professional horizon; project managers, researchers in marine sciences or in education sciences, leaders of funding agencies, and educators of all kinds. We are delighted to count about 35 teachers participating in this event and even some students who will have the opportunity to present the work they have been conducting in school!

This community is gathering to speed up the transition to a more ocean literate society where European citizens understand the influence the ocean has on them and their own influence on the ocean and are able to take responsible decision accordingly. But the task is not easy. Marine education stakeholders have to deal with a vast number of languages and many social, cultural, and political differences. Moreover, European formal education includes various schools system and a plethora of school curricula where marine science related topics are excluded.

In that respect, European marine education needs an effective transformation and stronger international connection in order for marine educators to feel more supported, engaged, and equipped for the task to make European citizens more ocean literate.EMSEA14 logo

EMSEA, founded on this vision three years ago by Evy Copejans, Fiona Crouch, and Géraldine Fauville, takes its inspiration from the tremendous work accomplished by NMEA in the United States and aims at writing a similar marine education success story in Europe.

If you have already attended a NMEA conference, EMSEA14, a three-day conference, would feel like home to you. We have organized three presentation sessions dealing with marine education: in outreach, in school curriculums, and in aquariums and museums. Three workshops in smaller groups will also take place to facilitate the exchange of ideas, discussions, and foster collaboration between participants. Approximately 30 posters will be displayed and in addition those submitting posters will have the opportunity to give a one-minute presentation to introduce delegates to their work.

All good conferences include social events as well, and delegates will be invited to enjoy some wine and local seafood at the Maritime Museum and Aquarium. During the evening delegates will be able to wander around the museum and go behind-the-scenes of the aquarium and visit the research labs. The conference dinner will take place in one of the best fish restaurants in Gothenburg, which combines top-class cooking with in-depth knowledge of marine products.

Field trip location Sven Loven Centre for Marine SciencesFinally, the last day will be dedicated to the field trips. Participants can choose from three options: a visit to the University of Gothenburg’s marine station located at the mouth of the Gullmar Fjord, the only true Swedish fjord (pictured); a behind-the-scene visit of the largest Scandinavian science discovery center, the Universeum; or a visit to the sailing high schools where students spend a total of six months on the school ship T/S Gunilla.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to warmly welcome all the NMEA members to EMSEA14. For those of you who cannot get across the big pond, don’t despair, you can follow @EMSEA_news and participate in the conference using the hashtag #EMSEA14 on Twitter or join our Facebook group here >

Looking forward to seeing you in Gothenburg!

Géraldine Fauville, Chair of EMSEA14

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EMSEA 2014 scholarship available

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Saturday, August 23, 2014

EMSEA 2014 logoInterested in attending the 2014 EMSEA conference in Sweden this October? Great news - a scholarship is available for NMEA members!

Hurry - the deadline to apply is September 2! 

Download the application here >

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Go International! The EMSEA14 Call for Papers is Open!

Posted By Lisa D. Tossey, Thursday, February 6, 2014

Our friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for their second annual conference, EMSEA14,  which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, from October 1 to 3.

Guidelines: Presentations will be 15 minutes long with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions and discussions. There will be three oral sessions:

  • Implementation of marine education in the school curriculum
  • Marine education in museum, aquarium and science center
  • Marine education and outreach

The poster session takes place in an open environment during an allocated period of time. The goal is to provide a climate for dialogue, discussion and networking. The poster should be of A0 portrait format.

Submit your proposals here > 

Deadline is May 1!

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