Events and Announcements
Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes. Looking for what’s new with marine debris in the Great Lakes region? Find events and other important announcements below.
This week-long event (May 14-18), in conjunction with educational partners, turns Cedar Point (Sandusky, OH) into the world’s biggest classroom. Special presentations, demonstrations and hands on exhibits from our partners will be available all week long. Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio Statue University Stone Laboratory, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program will be educating students, teachers, and park goers about marine debris issues at their booth.
The Ohio Marine Debris Challenge encourages students in grades 9 - 12 to help raise awareness about the global problem of marine debris, especially in the Great Lakes, by developing an original public service announcement focused on inspiring others to be part of the marine debris solution. The 2017 winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 15th at 10:00am in Sandusky, OH. This ceremony will take place at the main stage of Cedar Point Amusement Park during “Physics, Science, and Math Week.” Challenge winners will receive a plaque and other recognition for their work. Park admission is required for attendance.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois are co-organizing the 2018 Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference (ECAEC18) which will be held on June 5-6, 2018, at the I Hotel Conference Center in Champaign, IL.
The conference will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and education. There will be a special session focused on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which includes perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and networking with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment.
Researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, regulatory agencies, policy makers, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, members of the general public, and medical, veterinary, and public health professionals are encouraged to attend the conference.
The call for abstracts for both oral and poster presentations will open in January.
For questions, please contact the conference coordinator: Elizabeth Meschewski.