Our annual conference was hosted by our Florida chapter, FMSEA, this summer and drew hundreds of educators from around the world to Orlando, Fla. See all that happened throughout the week in our Storify, which compiled photos, tweets, and updates from conference attendees.
We also recorded a few of our sessions and speakers at the conference and even broadcast a few live via Facebook! View several of those sessions and a rotating panel of shark experts on our blog and learn more about the history of our organization with this presentation by past-president Mike Spranger.
Thanks again to FMSEA, everyone on the hard-working conference committee, and all the volunteers for putting together and supporting such an incredible week!
Mark your calendar for our 2017 conference, which will be hosted by our South Carolina Marine Educators Association chapter from June 25 to 29 in Charleston, SC!
See a great preview video on the NMEA 2017 webpage and check back as we get closer for more information on submitting sessions, registration, field trips, and tips for planning your trip to the Palmetto State!
Our friends with the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) kicked off their fourth annual conference today at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Follow along from afar with the #EMSEA16 hashtag on social media and on our Storify, where we are gathering tweets and photos from the conference daily. Several of our members are taking part and we're thrilled they were able to make the trip!
This sharing of ideas between organizations has served to strengthen ocean literacy internationally. Member Martha Papathanassiou recently reflected on how her experience at NMEA 2015 in Rhode Island helped her prepare for EMSEA's 2015 conference in Crete.
President-elect David Bader, who serves as Director of Education at the Aquarium of the Pacific, is working to raise awareness of the plight of the Mexican vaquita porpoise. See what he's doing and learn how you can help #4aPorpoise in his guest blog post.
Did you hear? Ocean Leaders sent a letter to Secretary Clinton and Mr. Trump to ask: What will you do as President for the Blue in our Red, White and Blue?
Have students in the 16-18 year-old age range? You can help with this ocean literacy survey, which has expanded to 16 languages and has already received thousands of responses!
Finally, a couple of quick reminders:
- We're looking for a few great members to help fill roles in the organization! We have just recruited three new committee chairs, several new committee members, and are still looking for someone particularly interested in outreach and marketing to fill that committee chair position. NMEA is your organization. We are only as strong as our members help us to be, and we can help you grow and learn and make connections if you let us. Please let us know if you are interested in this or any other leadership role!
- Are you looking to make a career change? Or seeking a fun volunteer or professional development opportunity? We're compiling employment and professional development opportunities on our website. Have an opportunity you'd like us to share? Send us an email and let us know - we just need a short description, a link to the full posting (either a webpage or PDF is fine), the location, and the closing date.
- We'd love to share your news and events too! Does your chapter have a great regional workshop coming up, or was a member just recognized for something really cool? Or do you have a striking photograph that would look good on our homepage? Drop us an email, or let us know on Facebook or Twitter, so we can help spread the news!