Educating for Sustainable Seas: Diving into the Ocean Decade

The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and the Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from the Pacific Northwest and across Canada to present at the 2021 NAME/CaNOE summer conference. More information about conference dates and location will be shared as soon as possible. Presentations that align with the conference theme and goals are encouraged:

  • Learn and plan for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
  • Discover resources and information from organizations working toward sustainable ecosystems and discuss how they relate to ocean and aquatic education
  • Share activities, lessons, and resources that can help classroom teachers incorporate ocean literacy concepts into their curriculum
  • Explore and discuss current issues in marine and aquatic science

Call for Presentations

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal for this year’s conference. Due to the postponement of the conference to 2021, we will not be reviewing proposals submitted for 2020 and ask that you submit a new proposal for the 2021 conference next year. Please contact us at if you would like a copy of your 2020 submission.

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations: (15-minute sessions)

Standard classroom presentations, including 3 minutes for questions. Most presentation rooms will have WiFi, a computer, and a projector. Please bring presentations on a USB storage drive.

Hands-On Workshops: (45-minute sessions)

No PowerPoints allowed! Share your favorite hands-on marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or art projects with your colleagues. Past hands-on sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects and more. Limited use of projected electronic imagery is OK. Outdoor spaces are available if your presentation requires time outside of the classroom; access to water or to the docks/shoreline can be arranged. Two 45-minute sessions can be combined to hold a 90-minute workshop.

Lightning Round: (5-minute sessions)

This presentation type is highly recommended as an add-on for poster presenters, but is also available on its own. Speed presentations are a great way to quickly share your research idea, project results, or education tips and build networking. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to fly through their presentation for a rapid-fire hour of curiosity and inspiration! A/V is available, however the presentation must be given to the session projectionist well ahead of time to facilitate quick turnover. Time for a few quick questions after each presentation will be given, but we encourage each presenter to be available during the networking and poster sessions, during which you can engage with your audience on a more one-on-one basis.


The poster session is an engaging way to share education, research, or citizen science projects.  This session will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn more about current projects and to talk directly with scientists and educators during an informal reception. If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding guidelines for poster size and format, set-up and take-down process, and how posters will be mounted and displayed. No A/V equipment will be available during this session.