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16-21 February 2020 in San Diego, Calif.
The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) is the flagship conference for the ocean sciences and the larger ocean-connected community. As we approach the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, beginning in 2021, it is increasingly important to gather as a scientific community to raise awareness of the truly global dimension of the ocean, address environmental challenges, and set forth on a path towards a resilient planet.
The Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 is co-sponsored by AGU, the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), and The Oceanography Society (TOS). Through the combined power of these three organizations, along with the broader conservation-focused community, this meeting provides attendees the opportunity to bridge disciplines, connect communities, and make lasting partnerships.
Proposals for 2019 sessions and tutorial talks are closed. Stay tuned for abstract submissions opening in the summer.
This year’s theme, For a Resilient Planet, centers around the concept that scientists, in partnership with governments and communities, have the power to affect change in fostering healthier and more resilient oceans, a safer and sustainable food supply, and to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Sunday, 21 February 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Nainoa Thompson is the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to practice the ancient Polynesian art of navigation: long-distance open-ocean voyaging on a traditional double-hulled canoe without the aid of modern instruments. His work has led to a renewed understanding and revival of traditional voyaging arts lost for centuries due to the disappearance of such travel methods and the colonization and Westernization of the Polynesian archipelagoes. As the president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), a non-profit research and educational organization, Thompson recently completed a four-year voyage around the world on the Hōkūleʻa, a traditional, double-hulled voyaging canoe. Through these travels, Thompson and his crew engaged with thousands of people, including world leaders to highlight the importance of ocean resources, cultural legacies, and protection of these critical places in the future. Read Nainoa Thompson’s full bio.
Tuesday, 23 February 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Heidi Sosik is a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and currently holds the Stanley W. Watson Chair for Excellence in Oceanography. A biological oceanographer and inventor, Sosik and her co-workers have developed automated underwater analyzers that dramatically enhance scientists’ and resource managers’ ability to study microscopic organisms that fuel ocean food chains, interact with Earth’s climate, and sometimes produce harmful algal blooms that threaten ecosystem and human health. View Heidi Sosik’s full bio.
Erik van Sebille is a physical oceanographer at Utrecht University. He studies the pathways and timescales on which ocean currents transport water, nutrients, planktonic organisms and pollution such as plastic. Van Sebille is the lead of the European Research Council-funded Tracking of Plastic in our Seas (TOPIOS) project with the goal to create a 3D map of marine plastic pollution and track it back to its sources. He has a passion for science communication, having done more than 300 interviews about plastic pollution and advised UK Parliament and the European Commission on the problem’s scale. View Erik van Sebille’s full bio.
22 May 2019: Session and tutorial proposal deadlines. Note: We may need to get in touch with session chairs in mid-late June. We ask that at least one session chair be available.
10 July 2019: Abstract submissions open.
August 2019: Housing opens.
11 September 2019: Abstract submissions close. In late September through early October, we may need to get in touch with session chairs about scheduling. We ask that at least one session chair be available.
Early November 2019: Abstract acceptance letters are sent and the final scientific program is available online.
Housing will open in early August. Check back for information how to book through our official housing company, SPARGO.
U.S. government per diem rates, which require valid U.S. government identification, are offered by the hotels marked with an asterisk, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.The nightly rates are for single and double rooms, however, most hotels offer larger room rates available during reservation.
AGU does not sell your information. If you are contacted by any company other than SPARGO offering housing in San Diego, please note that these companies are not authorized to represent AGU, ASLO, or TOS. They do not have access to officially contracted Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 room blocks or rates in San Diego.
These unauthorized companies often don’t deliver on promises to customers. When customers arrive, reservations are non-existent, or the hotels are not conveniently located. Sometimes, the rooms have been cancelled and hefty cancellation fees have been placed on the customer’s credit card.
We encourage you to book through SPARGO, our official housing vendor.
We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020. To receive the discount, visit the United Airlines website and enter ZH2A515963 in the Offer Code box. You may also call the United Meeting Reservation Desk at +1 800.426.1122. International customers should contact their local United Reservation Desk. U.S. hours are:
Booking fees are waived for meeting reservations.
We strongly recommend that international participants apply for visas at least three months prior to the meeting. Some consulates may have delays in scheduling visa interviews. We encourage you to first contact the consulate to determine the wait time for an interview. If you require a letter of invitation before submitting an abstract, you must request one via email. After submitting an abstract, you can automatically generate a letter of invitation through the abstract submission system.
Effective 20 January 2011, citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be unable to enter the United States without Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval from the U.S. Government. VWP travelers who have not obtained approval through ESTA will be denied boarding on any air carrier destined for the United States.
Members of the Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) partner societies receive discounted registration rates to attend the meeting. To receive the discount, your membership must be active during registration.
Additionally, active members are eligible to submit session proposals, tutorials, and abstracts. Contact the societies to join or renew your membership.
San Diego is known for its mild and sunny weather, as well as its Spanish and Mexican heritage. Popular landmarks and neighborhoods include the San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, and Coronado. We look forward to welcoming you to this diverse, coastal oasis.