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Boston Harbor & Islands Science Symposium

April 11-12, 2017

Join colleagues from around the region for two days of networking and learning about what we study and how we study the Boston Harbor estuary and islands. The event will feature field trips, a Science Café, keynote presentations, lightning talks, panels, concurrent presentations, and panels. Keynote speakers are Anne Giblin from the Marine Biological Laboratory and Rich Batiuk from the Chesapeake Bay Program. The event is hosted by the National Parks of Boston and the Boston Harbor Habitat Coalition with additional sponsorship from Boston Harbor Now, Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program, Northeastern University, and UMass Boston. For more information, please visit


Science Cafes return for 2017

Join us at Mead Hall for great discussion of ocean plastics and much conviviality.
Where: Mead Hall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)
When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
Topic: Ocean Plastics
What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations, THREE great speakers:
Keith Cialino – NOAA Ocean Debris Program
Linda Cabot – Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Jessica Donahue –  Sea Education Association (SEA)

Looking to share a ride to Portland, ME? Post here to find a ride / offer a ride


Attending the Ocean Literacy Summit?  

Use this post to find a carpool buddy!

This year’s Summit is in Portland, ME. Whether you are coming from further North or from the South, correspond with other attendees by commenting on this post.

To comment, click on the headline above and a comment box will open below the post. See you at the Summit!


GrOE Science Cafe March 29th


GrOE logoCOSEE OCEAN and Graduate students for Ocean Education (GrOE) is hosting another great evening Science Café on TUESDAY MARCH 29th starting at 6:00 pm.

Take the RED LINE to MeadHall in Kendall Square to nosh while you learn about and discuss BLUE ENERGY: The Promise and Pitfalls of Tidal, Wave and Off-shore

Where: MeadHall, 4 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA (Kendall station on the Red Line)

When: Tuesday, March 29th, 2016, 6:00-8:30 pm

Topic: BLUE ENERGY: The Promise and Pitfalls of Tidal, Wave and Off-shore Wind Energy

Featuring three experts directly involved with  ocean energy here in Massachusetts. Learn about the amazingly cool technology being developed and deployed right here in New England to harness ocean-based, clean, renewable energy. What is the potential? What are the hurdles? Is there a market? What is the impact on marine systems?

What: Free food, cash bar, great conversations

Hope to see you there!

Please pass on to any students, interns or recent grads that you know  – and join us yourself!


Registration now open! 2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop

Co-sponsored by Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, and the College of Exploration

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop, 13-15 June 2016 in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.  A draft agenda for the 2016 GOSE workshop is also available.

Several registrations types include a special discount for COSEE members and single day registrations.

The 2016 GOSE Workshop will focus on the global ocean science education priority topics identified during the 2015 workshop:

  • Climate Change – ocean’s effect on climate and the effect of climate change on ocean systems
  • Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security)
  • 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.

Register now.

Upcoming Events: Spring 2016

Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges
The public is invited to Salem Sound Coastwatch’s 25th anniversary symposium on “Finding Solutions to Our Coastal Challenges.” Participants can attend one or both days: Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 8:30-12:30 each day. For a complete agenda and registration information, visit, email or call 978-741-7900.
Ocean Science and Technology Field Trips in Woods Hole
Zephyr Education Foundation hosts school field trips in Woods Hole which include a hands-on scientific cruise on Vineyard Sound, time in the specimen tank room at WHOI, and other activities. For more information, please visit or email Rob Reynolds
Calling All Teachers! FREE Day on Hurricane Island April 22, 2016
We are offering a FREE trip to explore and learn more about the programs we offer through the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. If you are a science teacher or would like to learn more about our professional development programs, gaining CEU’s, programs for school groups, and middle and high school summer programs, we want you to come visit for the day! Space is limited! Please email to reserve your spot. Find more information about the day at
Interesting Events at Wells Reserve
Digging In: Understanding the Impacts of Cast Seaweed on Coastal Beaches, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Moonlit Beach Hike, Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Communicate Climate Science, Thursday, March 24, 2016, 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Earth Day Celebration, Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
 Registration is open for our  Summer Professional Development Institutes offered in five Massachusetts regions: North Shore, Cape Cod, Metro-South, Merrimack, and Southeast. These programs kick off with an introductory day in June. We are also offering  Professional Development Seminars on March 17th and April 28th.

Upcoming Events

Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project

– Now accepting applications!

The Marine Technology for Teachers and Students (MaTTS) Project, based at the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center and the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus, will be accepting high school teachers for a year-long professional development opportunity. The project focuses on providing teachers and students hands on and virtual experiences with new technologies related to exploring the global ocean and discovering pathways to marine careers using these new tools. Participating teachers will engage colleagues and students at their school, receive training, and gain experience in marine and ocean science technologies and receive a stipend.
Application deadline is Friday, January 8, 2015.
For more information and to apply, please visit:

High School Marine Science Symposium

The Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME) have been hosting a High School Marine Science Symposium since 1984. This event attracts hundreds of high schoolers and their teachers to come together and learn about research and practice around marine science topics and issues.  This event features both keynote speakers in a plenary format as well as hands-on break-out workshops led by scientists, policymakers, graduate students, and others engaged in marine-related careers. It is co-sponsored by the Northeastern University Marine Science Center, with additional support from Salem State University.

2016 will mark the 10th anniversary of NEOSEC’s first Ocean Literacy Summit

by Pam DiBona


In February 2005, the three institutions of COSEE New England[1] convened leaders of ocean science education programs that included partnerships between educators and researchers to discuss potential areas of collaboration. With a professional facilitator, they explored actions they and their organizations could take up as a group that would further individual programmatic goals. At that time, the region was described as having:
  • Well established strengths & infrastructure…  but many programs in danger of withering.
  • Opportunities for collaboration…  but also competition.
  • Progress on defining ocean literacy…  but standards determined at state level.
  • Defined regional goals for collaboration…  but no tangible products yet.
The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) emerged from that first meeting. There was only a subset of the current NEOSEC members around the table at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography in December 2005 when a slightly larger group gathered to follow up on the February discussion.  In what has turned out to be a critical decision, the attendees focused on opportunities offered by the newly adopted Ocean Science Literacy (OSL, now referred to as simply Ocean Literacy) Principles.The group agreed on several goals:
  • To create and disseminate high quality educational materials and share best practices.
  • To broaden reach to education, science, policy audiences in the region.
  • To build collaboration, create governance structure, leverage funding.
By the end of the meeting, the group had identified a longer list of potential members for outreach and operating procedures describing future work. With the promised support of a newly hired COSEE New England program manager based at the New England Aquarium,[2]attendees signed off on the following statements:
  • We agree to adopt the OSL framework and proactively incorporate OSL into each of our institution’s programs, resources, etc.
  • We will convene a New England Summit focused on OSL by December 2006.
In November 2006, eighty people attended the first Summit at UMass Boston, and they left with new enthusiasm for collaboration and resource-sharing. You can find the proceedings – including ideas generated and all presentations – at this link:

[1] The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, a national program funded by NSF and supported by NOAA from 2002 to 2012, was hosted in New England at that time by the New England Aquarium, University of Rhode Island, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. COSEE now stands for “Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement;” its website is at
[2] That was my first day on the job!


Today: Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest


Today’s the day: go take a photo at high tide!

Join in the second Gulf of Maine King Tides Photo Contest, taking images of the extreme high tide around midday on October 28, 2015. For more details on submitting photos, see their Participate page.

In conjunction with the Contest, communities are encouraged to organize their own King Tides events—helping people envision future changes. These could include photographic excursions, signs marking future sea levels, street theater, and gallery exhibits.

More information at