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NMEA 2021 Conference

Nana I Ke Kumu - Look to the Source

For all conference information and details, please go to the main NMEA 2021 website [postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19. We ask for your patience as we update all event information].

OCEANIA invites you to Honolulu, Hawai'i for NMEA July 12-16, 2021! Come and learn about the people, the culture, and the marine organisms of Hawai'i! NMEA Conference Sessions will take place July 13-15 in addition to dinner at the Waikiki Aquarium and dinner cruise. 

Schedule of events

The NMEA conference will be held on July 12-16th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawai'i. If you booked for NMEA 2020 plesae cancel your reservation here. We will release a new link in a few months.


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 10 2021

Day 2

Sun, July 11, 2021

Day 3

Mon, July 12, 2021

Sea Grant Educator's Network


NMEA Board Meeting

NMEA Board Dinner


*Purchase Workshop Tickets

Kick-off Event

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

Day 4

Tues, July 13, 2021

Plenary & Concurrent Sessions

Ala Moana Hotel, 9 am - 4 pm

Buddy Lunch


Waikiki Aquarium, 6 - 9 pm

Day 5

Wed July 14, 2021

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 15, 2021

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 16, 2021

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.

TBD: 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 2021!

Go Hawai'i: Video

Visiting HIMB: Video

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