2021 is here, and with it the hope of a promising new year. As we seek the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also look forward to safely hosting the 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
At the 2020 Ocean Sciences meeting, plenary speaker Nainoa Thompson explored the chronicles of Polynesian ocean navigation. As the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to practice this art using a traditionally crafted deep-sea canoe, he dove into how “crew” meant community. Nainoa’s words remind us that we should learn from the past while looking towards the future.
The theme for OSM 2022 is “Come Together and Connect.” This theme is inspired by Pilina, the Hawaiian concept connection and relationships. In Hawaii, native pili grass has historically been woven together to make thatching, among many other uses. In the same spirit, OSM 2022 focuses on the importance of strong pilina for the ocean science community. By coming together, we can forge a path toward a sustainable future.
As part of an effort for a sustainable conference model, and to increase accessibility and inclusivity, OSM 2022 will interweave physical and virtual engagement. This will include both in-person and online sessions and activities that can bring together participants around the world, regardless of location.
We hope to see you in 2022 in Hawaii, whether in-person or remotely.
The 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting Organizers