2012 Ocean Literacy Summit

More than 180 people attended the 4th biennial Ocean Literacy Summit on November 1st and 2nd at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus. New ideas and programs were started thanks to the great networking opportunities it provided!

NOAA Deputy Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan
NOAA Deputy Administrator, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan spoke at the Ocean Literacy Summit on Thursday, November 1. Photo by Maureen Dewire

November 1-3, 2012

University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus

Keynote: Dr. Robert Ballard

Our fourth biennial Ocean Literacy Summit focused on Principle 7, “The ocean is largely unexplored.” It is one of the seven Essential Principles that define Ocean Literacy, the understanding that you influence the ocean and the ocean influences you. This definition is the result of discussions among 100 scientists and educators in 2005, and serves as the national standard for ocean science education.



See Full Event Schedule

The concurrent sessions were split into five tracks, corresponding with five fundamental concepts of Principle 7. The sixth concept, that ocean exploration is an interdisciplinary effort, was taken up during the panel discussion at the end of the day.

View the full schedule that included social events before and after the summit, concurrent sessions and track information, speaker bios, and discovery opportunities.

Hotel and Travel Information

All meetings, program sessions, General Sessions, & Exhibit Hall events were located at the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus. Reservations for overnight accommodations were at Holiday Inn South Kingstown, Rhode Island.