NMEA 2020 Conference

Nana I Ke Kumu - Look to the Source

For all conference information and details, please go to the main NMEA 2020 website!

NMEA 2020's call for presenters is now open! Session proposals are being accepted through February 29th.

OCEANIA invites you to Honolulu, Hawai'i for NMEA July 13-17, 2020! Come and learn about the people, the culture, and the marine organisms of Hawai'i! NMEA Conference Sessions will take place July 14-16 in addition to dinner at the Waikiki Aquarium and dinner cruise. 

We invite you to come to Hawai'i early to see the sights and attend the International Marine Educators Conference, which will be held July 9-12, 2020. After NMEA, journey to Maui for a Communicating Ocean Sciences course, held July 18-22, 2020.

Schedule of events

The NMEA conference will be held on July 13-17th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai'i. You can now book with special conference rates here!

Please note: Due to a recently adopted O'ahu law, many Airbnb rentals are no longer legal. We suggest booking at the Ala Moana Hotel to avoid any issues with your accommodation. 

Day 1

Sat, July 11

Day 2

Sun, July 12

Sea Grant Educator's Network


NMEA Board Meeting

NMEA Board Dinner

Day 3

Mon, July 13


*Purchase Workshop Tickets

Kick-off Event

Ala Moana Center, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Day 4

Tues, July 14

Plenary & Concurrent Sessions

Ala Moana Hotel, 9 am - 4 pm

Buddy Lunch


Waikiki Aquarium, 6 - 9 pm

Day 5

Wed July 15

Plenary & Concurrent Sessions

Ala Moana Hotel, 9 am - 4 pm

Business Lunch

Chapter Basket Auction

Student Conference

Marine Education Training Center

Banquet, Live auction, silent auction, live music

Ala Moana Hotel, 6:30 pm

Day 6

Thurs, July 16

Plenary & Concurrent Sessions

Ala Moana Hotel, 9 am - 4 pm

Lunch: Stegner Lecture

Event: The Majestic on Atlantis Cruise (Ticketed)4:30 pm

Day 7

Fri, July 17

Get Tickets for Oʻahu Field Trips! 


(1) Dolphin Quest: trainer talk and dockside encounter

(2) Mokauea Island: ma ka hana ka 'ike (In working one learns)

(3) Hanauma Bay: snorkel, photography, and micro plastics training

(4) Oceanic Institute: tour and learn about associated research

(5) Pier 38 Fishing Village: tour the only fresh tuna fish auction in the United States, followed by breakfast at Nico's.


Pre- and Post-Conference Events

20 years ago the concept of developing an international marine education network centered on the Pacific was first discussed at the NMEA 2000 conference in Long Beach, California. That initial discussion resulted in Australian and USA based marine educators collaborating to deliver the One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) in association with the NMEA 2005 conference in Hawai’i, and IPMEN was an outcome from that meeting.

July 18-22: Communicating Ocean Sciences Camp (Maui)

Gain college-level course credit!

Instructors: Frannie Coopersmith and Dr. Judy Lemus

OEST 696 Communicating Ocean Sciences (3) Application of current learning theory and pedagogical practices in formal and informal learning environments to improve communication and instructional skills. Graduate students from multiple science disciplines welcome. Requires knowledge of biology, earth sciences, and/or chemistry. Pre: at least one course in introductory biology, geology, earth science, chemistry or marine science, an interest in ocean science, and enthusiasm for teaching science; or consent.

See you in 2020!

Go Hawai'i: Video

Visiting HIMB: Video

Oceania Marine Educators Association
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