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Professional Conferences and Workshops

Capitol Hill Ocean Week

June 8-10, 2021

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) is hosted by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. This year’s conference will focus on building a more racially equitable and just movement for ocean and Great Lakes conservation. CHOW is open to the public and free to attendees. Featured topics include: resilient coastal communities; food security and justice; setting a policy agenda centered on justice and equity; indigenous and local knowledge and wisdom for strengthening conservation; and representing culture in protected waters.

The Hazards and Disaster Workforce: Preparing to Meet 21st Century Challenges Workshop

July 11-14, 2021

As climate change accelerates and disaster losses mount, the future depends on fostering a well-trained hazards and disaster workforce with strong adaptive capacity. This conference, hosted by the Natural Hazards Center, aims to highlight efforts at cultivating a demographically diverse and highly skilled workforce. Sessions are designed to help carefully consider gaps in workforce development, as well as to chart a strategy focused on reducing disaster risk.

Global OCEANS 2021 Conference

In-Person and Virtual
September 20-23, 2021
San Diego, California

The objective of this three-day conference and exposition is to collectively engage in fruitful discussions in the areas of marine science and technology and to push the frontiers of knowledge in marine-related affairs. The conference theme is “Sustaining our oceans . . . Sustaining our Future.” Participation of traditionally under-represented countries is encouraged in the virtual segment of Global OCEANS 2021.

Coastal Estuarine Research Federation Conference

November 1-4 and 8-11, 2021

Collaborate and discuss with more than 1,700 scientists and researchers from all over the world. The theme of the 26th Biennial Coastal Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) Conference is “CERF at 50: Celebrating Our Past, Charting Our Future.” This conference offers an opportunity to reflect on CERF’s history, the past 50 years of estuarine and coastal research, and successes in translating that science into effective management, education, and outreach. In addition, the conference will look ahead to the next 50 years of coastal science and management.

A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference

Bonita Springs, Florida
December 13-16, 2021

This conference brings together professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services, in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, to provide an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The focus of the conference is to engage these groups to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in resource management and other societal decisions.