Meetings and Working Groups

The organizers of the meeting encourage the submission of requests for town hall meetings, workshops or other auxiliary meetings. All applications should be submitted using the online application form at

These events should be planned during lunch or possibly in the evening. Meeting room space will be complimentary as long as there are rooms available. All other costs will not be covered. Even if space is not available at the convention center, you may still organize your own meeting or activity at an alternative location.

If you have questions about the application or an event that you are planning, please contact Lynda West at

Meetings and working groups scheduled to Date

Deep Search Annual Project Meeting
Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
Time: 8:00 to 17:00
Location: Room 103 B

Deep Search is a large research program funded by BOEM, USGS, and NOAA OER under the NOPP umbrella. The program is 2 years into its 5-year duration and 3 research expeditions have been carried out so far. This meeting will bring together the PIs, their research labs, representatives of the funding agencies, the project's science review board, and other collaborators to discuss the project. We will review the progress made to date, the plans for the upcoming field work, and discuss plans for synthesis and other potential projects that may not have been part of the original proposal. We welcome members of the community to join the meeting and learn more about the project and potential collaborations. For more information about this event, please contact: Erik Cordes at

Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS) Meeting
Date: Tuesday, 26 February  2019
Time: 19:00 to 19:30
Location: Room 204

We welcome anyone who is currently a member of the Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS) or anyone who would like to become a member of SWMS to come to this event. SWMS membership is free and open to anyone involved broadly in marine science ( We will be meeting at the conference center in the room provided to talk briefly about SWMS updates before walking over to a nearby bar (TBD). Please meet us in the room by 7:30 pm if you'd like to walk with us or meet us at the bar on your own. We will be providing some snacks and refreshments at the bar. Please RSVP here
( if you will be attending the meeting so that we can get an accurate headcount. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if they are not participating in the conference.  For more information about this event, please contact: Sophie Chu at

JPR Editorial Board Get Together and Meeting (This is an invitation-only event.)
Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Room 208 AB

A chance for all to get to know one another, learn who does what, and offer ideas for improving and strengthening the journal. The informal meeting will be run by the Editor-in-Chief of JPR (John Dolan) and Ian Sherman of Oxford University Press and open only to the Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members of JPR. For more information about this event, please contact: John Dolan at

Blue Carbon Discussion Group
Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019
Time: 12:30 to 14:00
Location: Room 208 C

This discussion group is open to anyone interested in any aspect related to Blue Carbon science, from basic research on the phenomenon of organic carbon long-term accumulation, to the elaboration of compensation projects, or the path to monetization of the service in the regular and voluntary markets. The group will discuss the main methodological and conceptual limitations hampering an accurate quantification of blue carbon stocks and fluxes, and their inclusion in the national carbon compensation inventories. The possible elaboration of a special issue on Blue Carbon will be proposed and, eventually, organized during the workshop. An analysis of the most recent books dealing will Blue Carbon will be presented. For more information about this event or to express interest in participating, please contact: Miguel Mateo at