Thursday offers another great line-up of experts who will share their know-how through breakout sessions. Choose your subject matter, and format, for a unique and engaging experience with your peers.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

01:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Communicating science in a 'post truth' world
Location: Salon C

  • Moderated by Nancy Baron, Director of Science Outreach for COMPASS 

About the Session
Expert panel discusses how current events are influencing science journalism and society's conversation about the ocean. 


JaneAdey2015-highres.jpg#asset:653Jane Adey has always wanted to tell stories for a living. She studied Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto and came to the CBC in 2001. Since then, she has worked in just about every nook and cranny in Newfoundland and Labrador and is a regular contributor to CBC's documentary program, Land & Sea. In 2015, she started hosting The Broadcast, which is dedicated to covering stories about the people and the communities that depend on the sea for their livelihood.


Ivan Semeniuk reports on science for The Globe and Mail, where his stories have informed Canadians on topics as diverse as space exploration, gene editing and species at risk. Prior to joining the Globe he was the Washington-based chief of correspondents for the journal Nature, U.S. bureau chief for New Scientist magazine and a producer and columnist with Discovery Channel, Canada. In 2016 he was awarded the Royal Canadian Institute’s Sandford Fleming medal for his contributions to the public understanding of science.


Kenneth R. Weiss, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is a freelance magazine writer focusing on oceans, science and environmental issues. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Science, Nature, Foreign Policy and other magazines, following a career as a newspaper reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Company.


Dr. Brett Favaro is the academic director of the fisheries science graduate program at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research is focused on building a sustainable future through marine conservation and renewable energy. 

About the Moderator


Nancy holds workshops around the world for academic, government, and NGO scientists helping them develop core competencies as scientist communicators who want to make their work relevant to journalists, policy makers, and the public. An ardent naturalist, she published a popular field guide, The Birds of Coastal British Columbia (Lone Pine Publishing) and a “how to” communications guide book for scientists titled Escape from the Ivory Tower (Island Press). 

Industry & academia: working together to identify commercially viable and environmentally responsible solutions 
Location: Salon B

  • Moderated by Stefanie Colombo, Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and Canada Research Chair (Aquaculture Nutrition) and Ian Gardner, Professor, University of Prince Edward Island and Canada Excellence Research Chair (Aquatic Epidemiology)  

Ocean literacy: why it's essential to enhance education about the sea
Location: Salon G 

  • Moderated by Boris Worm, Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University; presentation by Christine Ward-Paige, Researcher, Dalhousie University   

About the Presentors
Boris Worm is a busy guy. In addition to being a co-lead researcher with OFI, Dr. Worm is actively involved in other scientific endeavours and lead role in advancing ocean literacy through Ocean School, a ground-breaking educational and public engagement initiative that uses innovative learning and storytelling techniques to foster ocean literacy. Boris is also a regular contributor to CBC radio.

Christine's research program specializes in crowdsourcing observations, mostly from scuba divers & snorkelers. She uses data to describe local, regional and global patterns in marine ecosystems and human use patterns. Since its inception, recreational divers have contributed more than 1.5 million dive records to eOceans projects. These studies have been published in peer-reviewed papers, and have supported policies that protect sharks and rays at the regional, national and international level.

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

Location: Salon D 

  • Moderated by Anya Waite, Scientific Director, OFI 
  • Bjoern-Erik Axelsen, Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway 
  • Johannes Karstensen, Researcher, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany 
  • Peter Heffernan, CEO of Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Vianney Pichereau, Scientific Coordinator, LabexMER, France 
  • Meg Tivey, Vice President, Academic Programs and Dean, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, U.S.A. 

About the Moderator
Dr. Anya Waite began her new role as Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean) and Scientific Director of OFI in September 2018. Previously, she was Section Head of Polar Biological Oceanography at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven and Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Biology at the University of Bremen since June 2014. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Limnology and Oceanography and as Proxy Editor-in-Chief and is an international advisor to the Board of Directors of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre ACE CRC in Hobart, Australia.