The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 ASLO Global Outreach Initiative Awards. The ASLO Global Outreach Initiative provides mini-grants to ASLO members to conduct outreach projects in their own communities. This year’s recipients are:
- SEA-ICE Greenland, an itinerant expedition along the north-west coast of Greenland between the village of Upernavik and Kullorsuaq (Qaasuitsup municipality); Guilhem Pouxviel (AgroParisTech, Paris, France), Marcel Babin and Julie Sansoulet (Takuvik Joint International Laboratory, Québec City, Canada)
- Explaining what Limnologists and Oceanographers (aka. Aquatic Scientists) are to primary Schoolers: a board-GAME adventure (LOASS-GAME); Romina Álvarez-Troncoso and Ana Fernández-Carrera, (University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain)
- Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Communication of Ecosystem Services of Lagos Lagoon Complex to its Local Dependants (Lagos, Nigeria); Prince Emeka Ndimele (Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State, Nigeria)
- A Amazônia através da arte da juventude em Arapixuna (The Amazon through the easels of Arapixuna’s youth); Sarah Rosengard (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada), Jose Mauro S. Moura (Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém, Brazil), Robert Spencer (Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL) and Franciany Thays (Universidade Federal do Oeste do Pará, Santarém, Brazil)
- Conozca Tu Mar! Meet your Ocean! (Baja California Sur, Mexico); Astrid Leitner (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA)
A key component of ASLO’s mission is to advance public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research. In response to an increasingly international membership, ASLO launched the Global Outreach Initiative in 2012 to assist ASLO members outside the U.S. in communicating aquatic science to non-technical audiences. “It has been a great honor to review such a creative and compelling set of ASLO Global Outreach Initiative proposals this year. I only wish that we could support more of these wonderful efforts. With so many proposals, it is clear that ASLO is addressing a growing need–to connect aquatic science with a diverse set of public audiences including future limnologists and oceanographers.” said ASLO Outreach Subcommittee chair Bob Chen (University of Massachusetts – Boston). This year’s selection was highly competitive, with 45 proposals from 31 countries requesting over $111,000 (>11 times the available funds. “Many more proposals were deserving of funding than were able to be supported, demonstrating the need, capacity, and excitement among ASLO members around the globe for education and outreach activities,” noted Chen.
“Through these small grants to our members, ASLO is able to achieve its mission of sharing knowledge about the aquatic sciences around the globe in a way that just would not be possible otherwise,” said ASLO President Linda Duguay (University of Southern California (USC) Wrigley Institute and USC Sea Grant Program), who has been a member of ASLO Outreach and Education committees for the last 10 years. “Past recipients of ASLO Global Outreach Initiative funds have accomplished incredible things with a very limited amount of funding. Several recipients received further funding based on the initial work they did with the ASLO grants. I have no doubt this year’s recipients will be just as successful.”
Award winners will submit a report on their project for publication in the L&O Bulletin. When appropriate, project products may also be published on ASLO’s YouTube channel and social media channels for broader exposure. Reports from projects funded by the ASLO Global Outreach Initiative appear in the November 2013 issue and the August 2017 issue of the L&O Bulletin.
ASLO is an international aquatic science society that was founded in 1948. For more than 60 years, it has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. The purpose of ASLO is to foster a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends. With more than 3,500 members worldwide, the society has earned an outstanding reputation and is best known for its journals and interdisciplinary meetings. For more information about ASLO, please visit our website at www.ASLO.org.
Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science