Education for Sustainable Seas: Diving into the Ocean Decade

UPDATE APRIL 2020 –Given the ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19 around in-person gatherings and travel, we are sorry to inform you that the 2020 NAME-CaNOE Ocean Education Conference will not be held this August. We are planning on rescheduling the conference for next summer in 2021, and will send out more information on dates and location as soon as possible. In the meantime, our organizations are exploring alternative options to ensure that we remain connected, encouraged, and enlightened as we approach the Ocean Decade.

The Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators and the Canadian Network for Ocean Education invite educators, researchers, students, and resource professionals from the Pacific Northwest and across Canada to present at the 2020 NAME/CaNOE summer conference from August 16–20, 2020. The conference will be held at beautiful Pearson College UWC, located along the forested shores of the Pacific Ocean at sheltered Pedder Bay, about 29 km southwest of Victoria, BC. Presentations that align with the conference theme and goals are encouraged:

  • Learn and plan for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
  • Discover resources and information from organizations working toward sustainable ecosystems and discuss how they relate to ocean and aquatic education
  • Share activities, lessons, and resources that can help classroom teachers incorporate ocean literacy concepts into their curriculum
  • Explore and discuss current issues in marine and aquatic science

Call for Presentations

Coming in 2021

Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations: (15-minute sessions)

Standard classroom presentations, including 3 minutes for questions. Most presentation rooms will have WiFi, a computer, and a projector. Please bring presentations on a USB storage drive.

Hands-On Workshops: (45-minute sessions)

No PowerPoints allowed! Share your favorite hands-on marine and aquatic lessons, activities, or art projects with your colleagues. Past hands-on sessions have featured: squid dissections, octopus parachute fun, surface tension experiments, salmon life cycle games, art projects and more. Limited use of projected electronic imagery is OK. Outdoor spaces are available if your presentation requires time outside of the classroom; access to water or to the docks/shoreline can be arranged. Two 45-minute sessions can be combined to hold a 90-minute workshop.

Lightning Round: (5-minute sessions)

This presentation type is highly recommended as an add-on for poster presenters, but is also available on its own. Speed presentations are a great way to quickly share your research idea, project results, or education tips and build networking. Each presenter will have 5 minutes to fly through their presentation for a rapid-fire hour of curiosity and inspiration! A/V is available, however the presentation must be given to the session projectionist well ahead of time to facilitate quick turnover. Time for a few quick questions after each presentation will be given, but we encourage each presenter to be available during the networking and poster sessions, during which you can engage with your audience on a more one-on-one basis.


The poster session is an engaging way to share education, research, or citizen science projects.  This session will provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn more about current projects and to talk directly with scientists and educators during an informal reception. If you are selected to present a poster, we will provide additional information regarding guidelines for poster size and format, set-up and take-down process, and how posters will be mounted and displayed. No A/V equipment will be available during this session.