special events


ocean week

Each year, the Alaska Marine Science Symposium hosts several activities related to scientific communication, education, and outreach. These activities are intended for interested educators, scientists, students, and scientific communicators. With over 800 scientists, policy makers, resource managers, and scientific communicators all convening for marine science in Alaska, it is a perfect opportunity to leverage resources and create opportunities for indviduals interested in scientific communication.

AMSS organizers have created an "Ocean Week" centralized around the symposium for educators. All week long, there will be marine-themed opportunities for educators to learn more about the science being presented during the symposium. Details about these activities are below.



American Geophysical Union science Communications Workshop
January 21st | All Day

You do not need to attend 2018 AMSS to attend this workshop. Limited to first 25 registrants.

This year, the Alaska Marine Science Symposium is partnering with the American Geophysical Union and their "Sharing Science" group to deliver a 1.5 day science communication workshop. Open to all scientists, science communicators, media, and other audiences. One-on-one consultation sessions will be available Monday morning for critque and evaluation of materials, products, and project ideas. Visit their website at: https://sharingscience.agu.org/


Scientists in the Classroom

Hundreds of scientists convene each year to attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium—most of whom have outreach/broader impact requirements that need to be fulfilled. The Anchorage School District and NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) have teamed up to provide classroom opportunities for scientists and teachers to coordinate, share, and connect during Ocean Week. For those interested, scientists and teachers alike, click on the button below. 

Ocean Sciences Educator's Night
January 23rd | 5-7pm, captain Cook Hotel

Educators and scientists - Please join us Tuesday, 5-7:00pm at the Captain Cook Hotel for the second annual Ocean Educator Night, which will feature presentations by Mark Van Arsdale, Eagle River High School, and Kaare Erickson, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation and Leslie Pierce, Department of Wildlife Management, Utqiagvik (Barrow). Education resources will also be available from Alaska Sea Grant, NOAA, Alaska Sea Life Center, the Alaska Ocean Observing System, and the North Pacific Research Board. Free and open to the public.

Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop
Featuring Chris Linder

January 22nd | 9am-12pm

Each year, the Communicating Ocean Sciences Workshop provides practical information, great speakers and information on current best practices in education, outreach and media. Join internationally acclaimed outdoor and conservation photographer, Chris Linder (http://www.chrislinder.com) as he will be leading a hands-on workshop that focuses on effective still and video imagery in the field, how to tell a story with science photography, and how to improve your images without breaking the budget. This workshop is free and space is not limited.