Social Events and Activities

Opening Mixer Reception

Date: Sunday, 24 February 2019
Time: 18:30 to 20:30
Location: 3rd Floor Terrace - Puerto Rico Convention Center 

Be sure to arrive in time for the opening mixer on Sunday evening. We will celebrate the culture of Puerto Rico with local artisans displaying their crafts, entertainment to get us into the Latin spirit, and food and drinks with the flavors of the culture that created them. Rums of Puerto Rico will be hosting a rum bar so that attendees can taste the various rums available on the island.  (Soft drinks also will be available.) This will be a great time to meet with colleagues and enjoy the beauty of San Juan from the terrace at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Artesanos de puerto rico

Date: Sunday, 24 February
Time: 17:30 to 20:30
Location: 3rd Floor Foyer Area - Puerto Rico Convention Center 

Immerse yourself in the culture of Puerto Rico by visiting artisans during the Opening Reception on Sunday evening.  This select group will be available at the PRCC from 17:30 to 20:30 in the 3rd floor lobby and terrace area, adjacent to the reception.  Creations include custom jewelry, clay works representative of San Juan architecture, small wood-carved sculpture, leather work, small paintings, and handmade wooden pens, and others.  By visiting these artists, you will preserve the artisanal work of Puerto Rico and take home unique, handmade mementos from San Juan and ASLO 2019.

ASLO Fellows and Membership Reception

Monday, 25 February 2019, 17:30 to 18:30, Ballroom B - Puerto Rico Convention Center

A reception honoring ASLO fellows and sustaining fellows will precede the annual business meeting on Monday evening. This will be a great time to meet and to talk to ASLO officers and board members and to congratulate ASLO fellows. Reception food and drink will be served. Everyone is encouraged to attend the business meeting and the membership reception -- especially new ASLO members and student members. The timing is planned so you can attend the business meeting and reception before you head out to the student or early career mixer.

ASLO Business Meeting

Monday, 25 February 2019, 18:30 to 19:30, Ballroom A - Puerto Rico Convention Center

The annual ASLO Business Meeting will be held during the conference on Monday evening.

Lunch and SALSA LESSONS at the PRCC

To help you relax between mornings and afternoons full of science, multiple lunch options at reasonable prices will be available at the convention center. Rather than rush to find a place for lunch, you can select one of four locations that will be serving a variety of food from American-style lunches to Puerto Rican dishes like a Mofongo Bowl. Local musicians will play while you relax in comfortable places, take in the beautiful scenery, and visit with fellow attendees and colleagues. There will even be Salsa dance lessons to get you up and moving.

jam session

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 20:00 to 23:00
Location: Hard Rock Cafe - San Juan (1214 Ashford Avenue)

Calling all ASLO Musicians! Join us for the ASLO 2019 Jam Session! This fun and entertaining event displays the musical talents of fellow scientists, mercifully supported by a great local band. Experience ASLO scientists-musicians taking the stage to jam for everyone. Having occurred during the 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 Ocean Sciences Meetings, we are continuing the tradition at this meeting. Musicians can bring their own musical instruments, or they can borrow one from the band on stage.  We specifically also welcome vocals to sign up for this event (background or lead)!

If you plan to participate in the Jam Session as a musician, please contact John Downing at or Anne Deininger at Make sure you include the following in your message:

1. Instrument you would like to play during the Jam Session
2. If you need to borrow an instrument or if you will be bringing your own
3. If you have a specific genre (or song) you would love to play or sing.   

More detailed information will follow for those that sign up (to omit mail-box overflow), as well as in Puerto Rico during the conference week (for spontaneous musicians).


Friday, 1 March 2019, 18:00 to 21:00, 3rd Floor Terrace - Puerto Rico Convention Center

An evening carefully planned to enhance the venue of San Juan. You can salsa dance to the sounds of one of San Juan’s finest bands and enjoy a buffet with lots of local flair. An optional fee is required for this event.  Space is limited, and you must purchase tickets in advance. Cost: $75.00 per person for professionals including those who are early career; $45.00 for students.