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Frequently Asked Questions

Can't find the information you're looking for on the website? Below are some of the most frequently asked questions received by the NMEA16 planning committee. Still have questions? Contact the NMEA16 Co-Chairs at NMEA16[at]




Do I need to be an NMEA member to register for the conference? 

In order to register for the conference, participants must first register for a yearly membership with NMEA. Participation in the NMEA 2016 Annual Conference is one of the many benefits of being a member of the National Marine Educators Association.  The yearly membership to NMEA also provides members access to conference scholarships, a subscription to Current: The Journal of Marine Education, discounts at aquariums and science centers around the country and more.  To view a full list of membership benefits, click here.

NMEA offers several different membership levels depending on your situation, including discounted membership rates for students and emerging professionals.  To view the different membership levels click here.

During the registration process you will create a username and password for then NMEA website.  Once you have your username and password you can log in and register for the annual conference.

To register for NMEA membership today, please click here.


How do I pay by check?

To pay by check, complete the paper registration form and mail the check to the address on the first page.  If multiple people from your organization are registering, each person should fill out a separate form, but the payment can be in a single check.

Make sure your organization knows to make out the check to Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) and not to NMEA.  Provide your organization with the FMSEA W-9 in case they need it to complete the check payment.

If your organization needs a completed vendor enrollment form, please email the form to Kathy Russell, FMSEA treasurer ( She will complete the form and send it back.

If your organization requires an invoice to process the payment, please fill out the registration form and email it Laura Fauver at  She can create an invoice based on your selections.


Can I pay for conference registration and optional ticketed items (field trips, etc.) on separate credit card transactions?

Yes! Please follow the directions below to pay for your conference registration and optional ticket items with separate credit card transactions.

Step 1:  Complete your conference registration with your first method of payment.

Register for the conference and select only the items you want to pay for on the first credit card transaction.  This should include the conference registration fee ($450 until May 16, $500 after May  16).  Complete the registration and make your payment.

Step 2:  Edit your registration and add additional items to be paid for with the second credit card transaction.

1.  Log in to the NMEA website with your member username and password (

2.  Under "My Profile" navigate to the "Manage Profile" page.

3.  Select "Event Registrations."

4.  Click on the pencil icon beside your conference registration.  This will allow you to modify your registration.

5.  On the "Attendee Info" tab enter the validation code at the bottom of the page (leave the rest of her registration information the same).

6.  Under the "Attendee Selections" page select your add-ons.

7.  Click "Save and Proceed to Checkout."

8.  You will be able to pay the additional fee with a separate credit card transaction.


Can I register for the conference now and pay for a field trip, workshop, or guest ticket later?

You sure can! Follow the directions above for paying with a second credit card. Please keep in mind that field trips, workshops, and guest tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis, so don't delay in making these additional purchases.


What are some of the highlights of NMEA16? 

We not only have tremendous concurrent and poster sessions planned, but we have a great lineup of special guests and speakers such as scientists from NOAA, a panel of shark experts and a sea turtle researcher. We're bringing FMSEA's flavor to this year's conference with an entire presentation track dedicated to marine research, so you'll have plenty of access to experts throughout the week. Don't forget the Chapter Basket Auction as well as the Silent and Live Auctions that take place the evening of the Banquet... did anyone say dancing?! Thursday's Stegner Lecture will celebrate the National Park Service Centennial and the evening event will take place at SEA LIFE Aquarium Orlando, which will be open only to NMEA16 guests. The conference wraps up on Friday with some awesome field trips to experience what the Sunshine State has to offer. Don't forget, The Renaissance at SeaWorld is a green hotel and our NMEA16 rates are incredible, starting at $129.00 per night. But don't hesitate, Early Bird Registration for NMEA16 ends on May 16th and the hotel's low room rate expires on May 25th. Register today! 


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