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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. In keeping with current COVID guidelines, this year’s conference will be held online from August 17-21, 2021.

Conference sessions, networking opportunities, and social activities will be spread across four consecutive weekdays starting on Tuesday, August 17, followed by local, outdoor field experiences (as permitted) on the weekend of August 21. The extended timeline will help minimize online fatigue and allow us to better accommodate the needs of participants from a range of time zones across the U.S.A. and Canada.

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 communities and organizations that value healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems, and discuss how they can be incorporated into ocean and aquatic education
  • Share activities, lessons, and resources that embrace diverse ways of teaching and learning ocean literacy concepts in the classroom and community
  • Explore and discuss current issues in marine and aquatic science and the role of place, language and culture in informing solutions

Call for Presentations

The 2021 Call for Presentations is now open! All submissions received before the priority deadline of April 30, 2021 will be reviewed and successful applicants will be contacted by May 15, 2021. Please ask for earlier confirmation, if required by your employer or sponsor. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed if there is program space available.


Presentation Formats

1. Short Virtual Presentations: (15-minute sessions)

Standard online presentations, including 3 minutes for questions. Please be prepared to share your screen!

2. “Hands-On” Virtual Workshop or Presentation: (45-minute sessions)

Share your favorite marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or stewardship and research initiatives with your colleagues – including any adaptations you’ve made for teaching under current COVID conditions while encouraging hands-on and place-based learning. Past sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects, community monitoring programs, citizen science projects and more.

Sharing outdoor learning experiences are also welcome here!

3. “Hands-On” Virtual Workshop or Interactive Presentation: (90-minute sessions)

As above: Two 45-minute sessions can be combined for a total of 90-minutes. Interactivity could include breakout rooms, discussion activities, or other whole or small group activities.

4. Poster Presentation (+ 5-minute “Lightning Round” Introduction)

The poster session is an engaging way for students, teachers, scientists and community professionals to share their lessons, research, and citizen science initiatives. The introduction is a great way to draw the audience into your research idea, project results, education tips and techniques for building networks – at lightning speed! There will be time for a few quick questions after each round, and additional time for networking, feedback and engaging with participants on a one-on-one basis while posters are up for viewing. The online poster gallery will be available for viewing throughout the conference.

If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding guidelines for poster size and format and upload instructions. The selected Poster Presenters will automatically be considered for monetary awards in a variety of categories. More details will follow after May 15th!