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International Marine Education News

Ever since John Tomkin first lead a party of 23 Australian marine educators to the west coast of the USA in 1990, MESA members have visited a wide variety of overseas venues. You can take a virtual tour beyond our shores to experience all manner of marine education events and opportunities.

Updated in February 2014 by Harry Breidahl nautilus.ed@me.com.
CaNOE 2015 Conference

The newly formed Canadian Network for Ocean Education (CaNOE) will hold its first annual Ocean Literacy in Canada conference in Vancouver BC on June 17th and 18th, 2015.

More information will be coming up soon at http://oceanliteracy.ca.

NMEA 2015 Conference

This year (2015) the U.S. National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) National Conference will be held in historic downtown Newport, Rhode Island. The conference will be held June 29th through July 2nd at the Newport Marriott. Field trips will include explorations of local flora and fauna, tours of the historic mansions, learning about the sailing tradition of Newport and much more.

Details at www.marine-ed.org.

Global Ocean Literacy Conference

As part of the NMEA 2015 conference in Newport RI, the international committee of NMEA is holding a two day Global Ocean Literacy conference. This conference will be held at the Narragansett Bay Campus of the University of Rhode Island on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June.

  • If the concept of Ocean Literacy is new to you and you want to learn more, please go to http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org.
  • If you are interested in this conference and the impact Ocean Literacy is having internationally but can't make it to Newport all is not lost. You can participate virtually. Contact Harry Breidahl at nautilus.ed@me.com to register.
EMSEA 2015 Conference

The European Marine Science Education Association (EMSEA) is a new and dynamic group promoting Ocean Literacy throughout Europe. The next EMSEA conference will be held in Crete, Greece between 28th September and 1st October 2015. The host of EMSEA15 is Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).

More information will be coming up soon at www.emsea.eu.

IPMEN 2016 Conference

The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) is a developing collective of marine educators throughout the Pacific. The idea for this group began as one of the outcomes of a two-day meeting, the One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005. IPMEN website is at www.ipmen.net.

The next IPMEN conference is planned for Lombok, Indonesia in July 2016.


International Aquarium Congress 2012

The International Aquarium Congress (IAC) planned for Cape Town in South Africa in September 2012 may also be of interest to MESA members.

While it is early days yet for this conference, MESA members may be interested to know that there are currently plans to include an education strand in this conference. Contact Harry Breidahl at nautilus.ed@me.com if you are interested in learning more.

International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN)

MESA members have been most active on the international scene through our support of an organization called IPMEN. You are invited to be part of this growing international effort to safeguard the health of the ocean and the communities who depend upon it.

IPMEN currently has active members around the Pacific and further afield. Membership of two IPMEN discussion groups is informal. If you are already a Facebook member, just search for the IPMEN Facebook Group and join. To join the IPMEN Google Group simply go to http://groups.google.com/group/ipmen and sign in.


IPMEC, Honolulu Hawaii , January 2007

The International Pacific Marine Education Conference (IPMEC) was a direct result of the One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) held in July 2005. Originally planned to be held in Fiji, the conference was moved to Hawaii as a result of a political coup in Fiji.

Around 100 marine educators from 18 nations attended this conference in Honolulu to share resources and build a network aimed at ensuring the health of the Pacific Ocean and the communities who depend upon it. All IPMEC presentations are available at www.coexploration.org/ipmec/.


Ocean Exploration

In May 2002 MESA member, Harry Breidahl attended the USA Government sponsored International Global Ocean Exploration (IGOE) Workshop in Paris France. One result of this Workshop was The Exploration of the Seas report to the US Congress.

I have also been fortunate enough to have been invited to work as an international educator aboard USA deep-sea research vessels in September 2002 and in September 2003.

Two examples of educators participating in international deep-sea exploration programs are in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.


IPMEN 2010 Conference (Fiji)

The IPMEN 2010 conference was held in Fiji in July 2010. It brought together 87 participants from a dozen countries to address ways marine education can help Pacific communities prepare for the new millennium.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium
All of the IPMEN 2010 presentations are now accessible on the web at www.coexploration.com/ipmen. The next IPMEN conference will be in southern Chile in 2012. Contact Harry Breidahl at nautilus.ed@me.com if you are interested in learning more.

IPMEN conference 2008 (Townsville)

The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) formed at IPMEC in Hawaii. We had our first formal conference under the IPMEN banner in Townsville in October 2008.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium
The conference theme was “Sustaining the Pacific – learning from elders, listening to youth”. All IPMEN 2008 presentations are now available at www.coexploration.org/ipmec/.


One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF), July 2005

The One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) was an international marine education initiative that occurred on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005 and was held in association with the 2005 NMEA conference.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium
This meeting was the result of longtime associations between MESA members and NMEA members in North America. The Forum, which was the first formal international meeting of marine educators, led to the formation of IPMEN.
California and Florida Dreaming 2004

At the end of June 2004 MESA members Jane and Harry Breidahl fly off to the USA where we meet up with MESA/MTAQ member Simone Baker for a 4 week study tour of California and Florida.

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium
If you are interested in finding a suitable Sea ExChange partner, or just keen to find out about some of the great marine education centres and programs in the USA why not read the postcards as we trip around California and Florida then attend the NMEA conference in St Petersburg.

California Dreaming 2000

In July 2000 five Australian marine educators travelled to California for the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) conference. The conference was held in Long Beach but we also took the chance visit marine education centres, aquariums and other attractions on the California coast.

Those travelling were Harry Breidahl (Nautilus Educational), Jane Breidahl (Woodleigh School), Anna Cooke (Gould League), Sheree Marris (Gould League) and Ian Wisken (Balnarring Primary School).


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