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Mark your calendar! OFI supports various events — from workshops to lectures and community-based activities — that provide learning opportunities about our ocean.

Coming up ... 

What could sustainable Canadian commercial fisheries for redfish look like in the future?

To help answer the question, the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University is bringing together scientists from Canada and around the world, as well as fisheries managers, industry, Indigenous representatives and non-governmental organizations to participate in the Northwest Atlantic Redfish Symposium taking place Nov. 15-16. Learn more ...


Royal Society of Canada's Celebration of Excellence and Engagement 

November 15, 2018
McInnes Room, 
Dalhousie University, Student Union Building

The Celebration of Excellence and Engagement will kick off on November 15 with a day-long symposium using the theme 200 Years on the Atlantic; an engaging event will celebrate the spirit and ingenuity of our people and the impact they are making around the world.


Will we still have coral reefs 100 years from now?

Professor Terry Hughes — this year's A.G. Huntsman Award recipient for Excellence in Marine Sciences — will answer that question during a special, free lecture:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, 7 pm
  • Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue, Halifax  
  • Wine and cheese reception to follow 

Since 1980, most coral reefs have experienced at least three episodes of coral bleaching, triggered by global warming. Mass mortality of corals due to bleaching represents a radical shift in the disturbance of tropical reefs, representing a fundamental challenge to the long-term future of these iconic ecosystems. In this talk, Professor Hughes will examine the current mix of management interventions, and propose new options for securing a future for coral reefs.

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Discovery Awards for Science and Technology 
November 22, 2018 
Halifax Discovery Centre, Lower Water Street

Interweaving the elements of a sophisticated awards dinner with the fun and interactive approach for which the Discovery Centre is known, the Discovery Awards brings together community members and organizations from all sectors for an unforgettable evening that is guaranteed to unleash the inner scientist in each of us.

Be part of the celebration as we honour the finalists in four categories, introduce two new inductees to the Science Hall of Fame, and recognize this year’s inspiring Youth Award recipient.


The Atlantic Engineering Competition (AEC) is an annual student-run initiative that began in 1983 and has since grown to become one of the largest and highly anticipated engineering competitions in Canada.

When: January 24-27, 2019
Where: Dalhousie University

  • 150+ of the brightest engineering students from nine universities across Atlantic Canada. The three-day event provides a setting for students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers while demonstrating their engineering skills in a competitive environment.