SPLASHmail March 2016

The 2016 Ocean Literacy Conference Registration is OPEN!!

We are thrilled to announce registration is open for CaNOE's 2nd Annual Ocean Literacy Conference & AGM! From June 7 to 12 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, we invite educators, scientists, communicators, artists, and industry to join the growing network of individuals working to advance ocean literacy in Canada! Presentations and workshops take place June 9-11.

As a part of Halifax’s popular 'Oceans Week', a
uthor and marine educator Dr. Elin Kelsey will give a free public keynote on 'Ocean Optimism', this year's conference theme. We hope to see the theme threaded throughout this year's presentations, posters, discussions, and workshops. And make sure to check out the many exciting field trips which highlight Nova Scotia’s ocean connections in food, research, tourism, and more.

Advancing ocean literacy is a priority for Canadians. This annual conference serves as an integral step in that mission; connecting the stakeholders in a meaningful way and fostering important conversation around this issue. 

Apply today to lead a presentation, bring a poster, or teach a workshop at the conference! Applications close April 15.

Click here for more information and to register!

See you in June in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Can't decide if you should come to the 2016 CaNOE conference?

Check out this video of last year's heartfelt keynote address by Dr. Boris Worm "Ocean Science to Ocean Literacy: A Personal Experience."  Dr.Worm started off by saying "It really all starts with love," and proceeded to tell us that "it is critical to reach people early on...." Truer words were never spoken. We expect this year's conference to surpass last year; please save the date!

Events near you!

We want to support and promote ocean education events in Canada and beyond so please tell us what you or others are planning.  Use our quick and easy form to submit an event for the April SPLASHmail… please click here!

March 2016

Art, Aliens and Radiation
March 7, 6:30 PM. Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, BC
The ripple effect of the Japanese tsunami that hit Fukushima in 2011 was felt around the world. From the beachcombers who first discovered Japanese items washing up on Canadian shorelines, to scientists studying invasive species, radiation and marine debris, the impact of the tsunami is ongoing.
International Coastal Symposium 2016
March 6-11, Sydney, Australia
Theme: Coasts in Space and Time

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium: The Secret Sex Lives of Aquatic Animals
March 10 6:00 - 10:00 PM. Vancouver, BC
Love is in the air, and underwater, at our upcoming adults-only evening at the Vancouver Aquarium. Come and learn all about the unique mating habits of marine life at this one of a kind event. Grab a beer or glass of wine and enjoy exploring the Aquarium after dark.

Science Atlantic Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology Conference 2016
March 11-13, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS
Annual student conference; February 15 is the deadline to submit abstracts.

Climate Science in the Classroom Virtual Conference
March 12 10AM - 3PM ET
NSTA, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and featuring climate scientists and education specialists who will share both their knowledge about climate science as well as classroom-ready resources for educators.
PolyTalk 2016: Zero Plastics to the Oceans
March 16-17, Brussels, Belgium
International organisations, environment ministries, NGOs, the plastics industry, and the research community gather to focus on marine litter.
Science Atlantic Environment Conference 2016
March 18-20, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
Annual student conference; this year focuses on interdisciplinarity and its importance in environmental research. February 26 is the deadline to submit abstracts.

45th annual NAAEE conference/ 13th annual Research Symposium - call for presentations
March 31 proposal deadline for October 18-22 events. Madison, WI
Theme: From Inspiration to Impact

May 2016

Sunshine Coast Bioblitz 2016
May 14-15. Madeira Park, BC
Hosted by the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society, a bioblitz brings together scientists, naturalists, and community members to count as many species from as many different taxonomic groups as they can in a 24-hour survey of a chosen site.

Marine Mammal Naturalist Workshop 
May 27-29, Marine Heritage Centre, Campbell River, BC
Intensive 2.5 day training for those working/hoping to work as whale watch naturalists, kayak guides, park staff, or others interested in the natural history and conservation of BC's marine mammals.

Call for Papers: Journal of Ocean Technology 'Climate change and the oceans'
May 30 submission deadline
The Journal of Ocean Technology (JOT) production team invites the submission of technical papers that describe cutting edge research related to climate change and the oceans for its spring 2016 issue.

June 2016 

Aros na Mara - World Oceans Day Festival
June 2-5. Cape Breton, NS
Aros na Mara is teaming up with Cape Breton University to host the 2016 World Oceans Day along the Barra Strait in the heart of Cape Breton. Second annual event to celebrate the scientific and natural virtues of the Bras d'Or Lakes - great family fun while experiencing and learning about science, research, and education.
2nd Ocean Literacy in Canada Conference 
June 9-11.  Halifax, NS
Hosted by CaNOE...See details at top!

Coastal Zone Canada Conference
June 12 - 14, 2016. Toronto, ON.
Abstract submissions for this conference are now open and will close January 31, 2016.

2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop
June 13-15. Paris, France
Focus on Climate Change, Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security), and Oceans and Human Health (including coastal resiliency).  The workshop will include an effective practices session on marine related citizen science co-led by COSEE and the European Union's Sea Change Project.
Planning further ahead....
International Marine Conservation Congress 2016 (IMCC4)
July 30 - Aug 3, 2016. St. John's, NL. 
5th International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) conference      
August 10-13, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia  
Marine educators from across the Pacific will gather in Manado (and elsewhere via web-conferencing) to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas to improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching about the marine environment, resources and human impacts.
Follow us on Twitter! @OceanLitCanada

Sand Dollars - Grant Opportunities

CMOS Summer Workshop Grants. The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) has been invited to select two Canadian teachers to attend two-week summer workshops for teachers (K-12) hosted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in July. One workshop is in Atmospheric Sciences, the other is in Oceanographic Sciences.  All expenses are paid for the two weeks of workshops and a travel subsidy is also included.

More information at or email Denis Bourque at . The deadline for application is March 15.

Last month CaNOE asked "Why do you love the ocean?" and Mathew Welsh ‏(@mathewwelsh) answered with this: 
"The ocean is elemental - bracing, invigorating, powerful, and overwhelming - in contrast to quiet placid lake waters. I need both."
Thanks, Mathew, we certainly share the love...
"I have lived inland for most of my life, yet still feel deeply connected to the sea."  From an early fascination with St. Lawrence beluga whales, Kat Middleton grew up to become a marine biologist and science Sudbury, ON! Her recent blog for Canadian Science Publishing,  
Understanding the Ocean, serves as a primer on ocean education in Canada and includes an excellent sample list of blogs, conferences and resources.
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