The ocean is vast and despite centuries of exploration, we’ve only examined about five per cent of what lies beneath the surface. This conference will examine the ocean of opportunity that OFI research is helping to to discover in the North Atlantic.

Program Schedule 

Sessions are still being confirmed. 

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018

  • 4 to 8 pm • Conference registration
  • 6 to 8 pm • Welcome reception 

Wednesday, Oct.10, 2018 

  • 8 to 9 am • Breakfast
  • 9 am •  Keynote: Megan Leslie, President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada
  • 10:30 am • OFI Research Showcase: Our Changing Ocean
  • 12:30 pm • Lunch
  • 1:30 to 3:30 pm •  Breakout sessions

- How to turn good science into great policy

- Engaging our communities to find effective solutions for ocean management and development

- Ocean data and technology, how the IT world is changing how research gets done, and reported

- Looking toward the Labrador Sea; why science is essential 

- The message box: effectively communicating about science

  • 4 to 5:30 pm • Student research "pitch pit" 

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

  • 8 am • Breakfast 
  • 9 am • Keynote: Dr. Louis Fortier, Professor at Laval University
  • 10:30 am • OFI Research Showcase: Identifying Solutions
  • 12:30 pm • Lunch
  • 1:30 • Breakout Sessions 

- Communicating science in a 'post truth' world. Expert panel discusses how current events are influencing science journalism and society's conversation

- Ocean literacy: why it's essential to enhance education about the sea

- Accessing ship time; a 'how to' primer

- Partnerships with benefits: a panel discussion with OFI's international partners 

  • 4 to 5:30 pm • Student event TBA  
  • 6 to 10 pm • Newfoundland Kitchen Party & Screech In 

Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 

  • 8:30 am • Breakfast 
  • 9:30 am • Keynote: speaker, a perspective from industry
  • 11 am to 12:30 pm • OFI future funding for research; gathering input on the possibilities