special events

ocean week: Jan. 27—Feb. 1

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.


Exxon Valdez oil spill trustee council 30th anniversary film & Display

Listening to the Sound: The work of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (approx. 18 min)
All Week | Mon - Thurs. | Adventure Room

Take a break from the presentations to watch this exciting new film commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.  

The film includes historic footage of the spill, new interviews and information on the scientific and habitat work funded by the Trustee Council since the spill.

The film is created by the Alaska State Parks (Department of Natural Resources) and will be played on a continuous loop throughout the day, Monday through Thursday.


American Geophysical Union science Communications Workshop
January 27th | 9am - 4pm

You do not need to attend 2019 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/


Ocean Sciences Educator's Night
January 29th | 5-7pm, Anchorage hilton hotel

Please join us Tuesday, 5-7:00pm at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel for the third annual Ocean Educator Night. We will have two presentations from educators and scientists, highlighting examples of educator/scientist partnerships:

  • Cara Nelson (Bartlett High School, Anchorage School District)

  • Ebett Siddon, Jess Cobley and Jordan Watson (SouthEast Exchange, an organization in Juneau that connects teachers and STEM professionals)

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 jude isabella
January 28th | 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 acclaimed author and Editor-in-Chief of Hakai Magazine, Jude Isabella (http://www.judeisabella.com) as she will be leading a hands-on workshop that focuses on science writing, creating compelling narrative, while paying particular attention to diction, story, and sentence structure. This workshop is free and space is not limited.



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.