Community Engagement Events for "Ocean Research in the Coming Decade"

January 18, 2017
By Jessica Rohde

The Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), under the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), is requesting input on the structure and content of its upcoming 10-year ocean research plan (tentatively titled “Ocean Research in the Coming Decade”). This new Plan will supersede the NSTC’s “Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade:  An Ocean Research Priorities Plan and Implementation Strategy,” that was published in 2007 and updated in 2013. The Plan will describe the most pressing research questions and most promising areas of opportunity within the ocean science and technology (S&T) enterprise for the coming decade. It will set the stage for actions across Federal agencies and with non-Federal entities to address societal needs and issues of national importance. 

Although the formal public input period closed January 1stthe SOST is hosting a number of public meetings and conference panels over the next 8 weeks to provide the public with opportunities to learn more about the Plan and to put forth comments. Each scheduled event is listed below, and as always, there is more information on the ORP website: Inquiries regarding these events or the Plan in general may be directed to  

Public Meetings 
**These meetings are free events, open to all interested parties who would like to learn more and provide any questions or input on the content, structure and development of the Plan.**

Date: January 17, 2017 
Time: 5-6:30 p.m. EST 
Location: National Aquarium Baltimore, MD 21202
Event Entry and Parking:
When facing the Pier 3 Main Aquarium Building, walk down brick pier on the right hand side of building past the main entry doors located in the new Crystal Pavilion.  Go past the Lightship Chesapeake.  Enter through the office entry sliding glass doors across from the gangplank of the Submarine Torsk and make your way to the Security Desk.

Date: February 8, 2017 
Time: 5:45-7:15 p.m. EST 
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel New Orleans, LA 70113

Date: February 19, 2017 
Time: 1-2 p.m. EST 
Location: New England Aquarium Boston, MA 02110

Date: February 28, 2017 
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m. (UTC-10) 
Location: Hawai'i Convention Center Honolulu, HI 96815

Conference Panels and Town Halls 
**SOST representatives will be participating in a panels and town halls at the conferences listed below. Please visit the conference website for more information.**

2016 AGU Fall Meeting December 12-16, 2016 
Panel Session: December 15, 2016 6:15-7:15 p.m. PST

2017 NCSE Conference January 24-26, 2017 
Panel Session: January 24, 2017 3:30-5:00 p.m. EST

2017 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference February 6-9, 2017 
Panel Session: February 8, 2017 5:45-7:15 p.m. CST

2017 AAAS Annual Meeting February 16-20, 2017 
Panel Session: February 19, 2017 8:00-9:30 a.m. EST

2017 ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting February 26-March 3, 2017 
Panel Session: February 28, 2017 6:30-7:30 p.m. (UTC-10)

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Jessica McGrath, NSF

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