Thank you for all the submissions!

We have received a variety of topics and look forward to reviewing all of your informative and creative presentations.

If you are interested in presenting a poster for the Student Conference, please visit the Student Conference webpage for more information and to submit an application. Due date is May 1.


Concurrent Sessions are the heart of NMEA Conference programming. We invite educators, researchers, explorers, writers, artists, conservation managers, and anyone with a passion for the World of Water to share that passion through a conference concurrent session. Sessions at the 2019 Conference will align with the conference theme - TURNING THE TIDE: LEARNING FROM YESTERDAY, ADAPTING FOR TOMORROW. Speakers should propose sessions that support the following sub-themes:

Lessons from the Past

Sessions in this sub-theme will address “tried and true” tools and methodologies for marine education from the past. The sessions should include detailed descriptions of the tool or method, an analysis of why they worked, and what lesson for current or future marine education it provides. Specific contexts or programs should be used to address this sub-theme.

Current Issues or Challenges in Marine Education

Sessions in this sub-theme should identify and address current issues or challenges in marine education. The session should identify the specific issue or challenge, examine why it is an issue or challenge, and how it is being, or should be, addressed.

Tools and Techniques for Tomorrow

Sessions in this sub-theme should look to the future and identify current or future tools or techniques for successful marine education. The session should justify the future view that the tool or technique is addressing, how it addresses the future view, and the nature of the tool itself

In addition to the main sub-themes, proposed sessions should specify a target audience and address one or more of the following topics:

  • Ocean and/or climate literacy principles

  • Current research

  • Connecting art, culture, and science

2019 Session Formats

  • Full Session: One or more presenters speaking on one topic related to the sub-theme for that day of the conference, audience Q&A optional. Sessions are 45 minutes.

  • Briefing Session: One speaker each limited to twelve-minute presentations with a few minutes for questions, grouped by topic within the sub-theme of the day of the conference.

  • Student Session: One or more presenters speaking on a topic during the Wednesday, July 24th student conference. Presentations can be geared to any of the sub-themes of the conference. Audience Q and A is optional. Sessions are 45 minutes.

  • Poster Session: Posters will be accepted and a designated time will be identified for presenting posters.

Important Dates

January 21, 2019 - Call for presentation and poster proposals open
March 15, 2019 - Call for presentation and poster proposals closes
April 1, 2019 - Tentative date to notify accepted presentations and posters

Requirements of Session and Poster Presenters

All presenters must:

  • Register for the conference.

  • Advise if their presentation includes a product or products for sale. 

  • Supply their own computer, laptop, or tablet. Apple users must also provide the appropriate VGA adapter for an LCD projector.

  • Identify audio-visual and Internet availability needs.

  • Provide their own hard copies of materials to be distributed if not using an electronic means of distribution. Digital and electronic copies are preferred.

  • Provide any other materials necessary to make their presentation.

All presentations must fit either a 45-minute or a 15-minute time frame.