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Special Events at IMCC2

Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Marine Conservation
Friday, May 13, 8:30- 5:30
The Second International Marine Conservation Congress is pleased to welcome the return of the one day program entitled "Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Ocean Conservation" which will take place on the 14th of May.   The event will highlight conservation efforts that are making a difference around the world, allow conservation professionals to learn from the success of others, and demonstrate to the public and policy makers that the situation is not hopeless.   The program will consist of invited speakers, an open-mike session, and a panel discussion.  

Making Your Science Matter - IMCC & COMPASS Reception
Saturday, May 14, 6:30pm
At this opening event you’ll get a taste of what’s to come at IMCC. Leading scientists and ocean heroes will kick off the conference with insightful overviews of the new science and big ideas we’ll be exploring over the next few days.

A knowledgeable group of leading international journalists will join the discussion to help pinpoint issues and explore solutions. Nancy Baron, Outreach Director for COMPASS and author of the new book “Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter” will keep the fast-paced discussion moving with audience participation. Bring your tough questions and an open mind, and be ready for a lively and inspiring conversation that will continue at the reception to follow.

6:30pm - Doors open

7:00pm - Panel Discussion

8:00pm - Reception ~ Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres will be served

Project Sea SWEEP Reception
Sunday, May 15, 7:00-10:00 pm
Announcing Project Sea SWEEP, a major initiative to drive transformational innovation in marine debris cleanup technologies. Speakers will describe how the project is harnessing free enterprise, collaborative forums, and entertainment to spur improvements across marine debris management. The event is hosted by MARE, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and Blue Ocean Sciences. Light food will be served; drinks will be available on a cash basis.

COMPASS Marine Mixer
Monday, May 16, 8:00pm
Scientists are frequently urged to “build relationships” with journalists, but often lack the opportunities to do so. Here’s your chance to meet and mingle with journalists whose outlets, interests, and locations range all over the map. We’ll help you make some new connections so you can see for yourself that “the media” are a varied and lively bunch. Come prepared to participate in a light icebreaker activity and to have fun. Cash bar.

Coral Reef Resilience Tools and Management Workshop (Luncheon)
Tuesday, May 17, Noon-2:00 pm
This event will focus on the role of MPA’s in protecting coral reefs. Organized by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) secretariat - currently co-chaired by the governments of France and Samoa - with help from some of the ICRI members.

IMCC2 Cinema Night
Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 pm
A series of shorts and a feature film will be shown. Films TBA.

Closing Party at the Strathcona Hotel
Wednesday, May 18, 7:30 pm until ???
The Strathcona Hotel, located in downtown Victoria, BC, a block from the Conference Centre will host our closing party. We have exclusive use of two of the seven separate venues offered within the building, but feel free to check out the other landmark venues (http://www.strathconahotel.com/index.html). Come reconnect and decompress with conference friends new and old, enjoy a casual dinner, all night appy’s and stay for the live band and dancing in the downstairs club, or sit back and enjoy a beverage and game of billiards in the upstairs pub.

Pre/Post Conference Field Trips
Friday May 13- Saturday May 20th
De Armond Management Ltd is pleased to be working with Conference Chair, Dr. Ellen Hines and the local organizers of the 2nd IMCC as the official provider of specialized trips and excursions during the conference.  We have developed a series of exciting opportunities available only to IMCC conference delegates and their guests.  We are also able to provide you with access to existing local trips and excursions at reduced rates.  
Please take an opportunity to review the trip offerings listed below, then make plans to enhance your stay in Victoria by signing up for trips, excursions and outings that interest you.  See you soon in Victoria, Canada.  For more information and to register please see: