Sunday, 21 February

Meeting Icebreaker (Open to All)
7:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Great Hall

Join your colleagues on Sunday for a meet and greet before the sessions begin!

Tuesday, 23 February

NOTE: The Jam Session has been postponed to Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. due to inclement weather. The time and location remain the same. 

The Oceanography Society Breakfast (Invitation Required)
7:00 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Great Hall Foyer

This event provides an opportunity for TOS members and invited guests to honor the most recent TOS Fellows and Munk Award recipient while enjoying a hearty breakfast and networking with colleagues.

Teeing up Transition: Crafting Recommendations for Ocean Science Priorities in a New Administration (Open to All)
12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.
Rivergate Room

The oceans are increasingly at risk because of pressures from development and coastal population growth, unsustainable fishing practices, and the immediate threat of climate change. Now is the time for the science community to consider future ocean research and policy priorities. The 2016 election will usher in a new President, new Administration, and a new suite of priorities; and planning for the transition will happen well before Election Day.  Join us for a robust discussion and brainstorming session to develop recommendations from the ocean science community for the next Administration’s transition team.  Anticipated outcomes include a recommendation document available for science societies, individual scientists, and others to use for the transition as well as for other uses.  This event will be cohosted by AGU, Consortium on Ocean Leadership, ASLO, and U.S. CLIVAR and led by ocean science policy experts.

National Oceanographic Partnership Program 2015 Excellence in Partnering Awards Ceremony (Open to  All)
1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Room 223

Join us as the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) celebrates the 2015 Excellence in Partnering Award recipients. This award is presented to NOPP research teams that best demonstrate the partnership objectives of the NOPP, recognizing the project’s commitment and success in partnering, and its achievement in advancing our knowledge and stewardship of our oceans.  This year’s award will be presented to the project teams of ‘Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss,’ a major collaboration that began in 2011 between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the US Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as a dozen academic and several industry partners.  The ceremony will include a screening of ‘Pathways to the Abyss,’ a 20-minute film that will transport us 60 miles offshore to the Norfolk and Baltimore Canyons to view some of this project’s most notable discoveries such as never-before-seen methane seep communities, deep-water corals, and historically significant shipwrecks.

Center for Ocean Solutions Early Career Multidisciplinary Mixer  (Registration Required)
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Rivergate Room

The Center for Ocean Solutions works to solve the major problems facing the ocean and prepares leaders to take on these challenges. We are a partnership between Stanford University, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Throughout our work we encourage networking and collaboration between a variety of ocean disciplines and expertise, and invite those early in their careers to join us for food and fun to meet our other like-minded ocean professionals interested in interdisciplinary problem-solving at the interface of science and policy. Early career conference attendees are welcome, including graduate students. Hosted by the Center’s professional development program for emerging ocean leaders, MARINE (Monterey Area Research Institutions’ Network for Education). Contact or go to to register.


Wednesday, 24 February

COSEE-Global Ocean Science Education Breakfast (Open to All)
6:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M.
Mural/Yellow Room

This offsite breakfast provides an opportunity for ocean scientists and educators from around the world to interact informally and share ideas and excitement about ocean science education activities around the globe. Come learn about the COSEE Consortium, international ocean science education initiatives, ocean literacy campaigns, and exemplary outreach activities or simply share your enthusiasm for communicating ocean science to a broad set of diverse audiences. This breakfast will be a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded ocean scientist and educators from around the globe and potentially lead to new and exciting international partnerships.    This breakfast is brought to you by the Consortium of Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE).

Sea Education Association Alumni Gathering (Open to All)
6:15 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Rivergate Room

Sea Education Association/SEA Semester is hosting a gathering for alumni and colleagues attending the Ocean Sciences Meetings. President Peg Brandon, W-48, and Alumni Relations Coordinator, Victoria Smith, are your hosts and will share updates and news about SEA Semester. The favor of your RSVP is appreciated – please email Victoria at

Jam Session (Open to All)
8:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M.
BB Kings Restaurant,  1104 Decatur Street

This event will be an opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of fellow scientists. Having occurred during the 2010, 2012 and 2014 meetings, quite a following has developed among both musicians and audience members. Relax at the jam session and spend time in a variety of ways – visiting with colleagues or performing with other scientists-musicians and providing an entertaining evening for everyone. For more information on this exciting event, contact Bill Landing or Greg Cutter.