Newsletter #2

Hello, ocean science community!

Proposals are now being accepted for sessions and tutorials. The deadline is 26 May 2021.

As we plan for OSM 2022 next February, the Organizing Committee aims to retain the energetic in-person conference experience that we all value, while also integrating novel, progressive session formats to include and promote participation by a broader audience.

There’s no doubt we all have experienced some “Zoom fatigue” as a result of remote work over the past year. However, the enhanced capabilities of virtual meeting technologies has elevated the remote collaboration experience. As such, sessions will include in-person, virtual, and hybrid options:

In-person options include the standard oral and poster presentations we’re all familiar with. Poster session participants will also have the option to upload their presentations to an online gallery.

eLightning sessions can be online or in-person. Presenters have 3 minutes to present their key points alongside an interactive poster. The session should have ample time for discussion.

Want a bit more discussion in an oral presentation? Sign up for a 6-5-30 session. Six speakers, five minutes each, with 30 minutes of discussion. Sessions will be pre-recorded for prior viewing. This fast-paced format will work especially well for those who need to fit one-hour sessions into busy schedules. While these sessions will be held both onsite and online, this presentation type is the only online oral session format.

– OSM 2022 also introduces Innovative Sessions that go beyond the typical and standard formats listed. As long as it is science-based, and depending upon technical viability, anything goes! Some examples of what an Innovative Sessions may be include:

* Panels and discussions
* Working groups
* Mini-conference within the overall Ocean Sciences Meeting
* Novel virtual + in person approaches to hybrid sessions
* … and many other creative options.

OSM 2022 is especially excited to see what the community proposes for the Innovative Sessions! Please note, due to potential time and technical limitations, some Innovative Session proposals may be reconfigured into standard session formats.

Why adopt virtual formats? The OSM 2022 Organizing Committee recognizes that factors such as schedule conflicts, familial responsibilities, financial challenges, and health considerations can make it very difficult or impossible to attend a conference in person. Additionally, some attendees may choose to participate virtually to reduce their carbon footprint. The virtual OSM 2022 program will provide opportunities to learn, share, connect, and network with colleagues across the ocean science community from your home or office.


We have also confirmed our plenary speakers for OSM 2022!


Sunday Opening Plenary:

Tommy Remengesau

Tommy Remengesau, Jr.
Former President of the Republic of Palau


Tuesday Science Plenaries:

Dawn Wright

Dr. Dawn Wright
Chief Scientist of the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)


Peter Girguis

Dr. Peter Girguis
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University


Friday Closing Plenary:

Angelicque White

Dr. Angelicque White
Professor of Oceanography, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

What else is in the works for OSM 2022? Lots! Right now, we are in the process of planning science field trips, community outreach events, and activities to support local artists and businesses. Stay tuned as our local committee meets and announces these events!

We look forward to sharing more as the conference program develops.

The OSM 2022 Organizing Committee

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