Schedule of Events:
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM: Networking Breakfast - Explorers Room
Sponsored by NOAA. Breakfast with a splash! Make the most of every networking opportunity by joining a table of people you DON’T already know.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Nothing is Forever. Except When It Is Plastic - Explorers Room
Since first introduced to our planet in 1907, plastic waste has become a ubiquitous part of our world and has even entered the food and water supply. In the ocean, the challenge is even greater as material degrades into microplastics that are (virtually) impossible to contain. This session explores radical innovations that are being deployed to put this genie back in its plastic bottle.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: A Conversation with Sylvia Earle - Explorers Room
Sylvia Earle is Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society, Founder of Mission Blue/Sylvia Earle Alliance, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research (DOER), a Founding Ocean Elder, Chair of the Advisory Council for the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of more than 230 publications, leader of more than 100 expeditions with 7500 hours underwater, she is a graduate of Florida State University with MA and PhD degrees from Duke University and 32 honorary doctorates. Her research concerns the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technology for access to the deep sea. Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation.
Speakers: Sylvia Earle
11:30 AM - 7:30 PM: Oceans VR Showcase - Delegate Lounge
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch and a Movie: Oceans Projects in the Pipeline - Explorers Room
Sponsored by National Geographic Society.
Join us for a "sneak peek" at a selection of exciting new ocean films and projects that are "in the pipeline" and coming soon! Presenters will give an overview of their projects and films, telling compelling stories, and screening footage from their time in the field, both behind and in front of the camera. Moderated by Gianna Savoie.
Speakers: Katie Carpenter, Orla Doherty, Gianna Savoie, Jahawi Bertolli, Rocky Collins, Nick Zachar
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Species at Risk II: Cold Water
Sponsored by National Geographic Society. It’s fairly straightforward to track the decline of biodiversity on land, but what’s going on below the surface of the seas? This series of three “At Risk Sessions” looks at the state of flagship species and what is being done to save them. Species highlighted: Penguins, Polar bears and Seals.
Speakers: Sheryl Fink, Jeff Flocken, Stéphanie Jenouvrier, Elisabeth Kruger
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Species on the Brink
Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare. It’s fairly straightforward to track the decline of biodiversity on land, but what’s going on below the surface of the seas? This series of three “At Risk Sessions” looks at the state of flagship species and what is being done to save them. Species highlighted: North Atlantic Right Whale, Tuna and Whale Sharks.
Speakers: Katie Carpenter, Andre Boustany
Presenters: Patrick Ramage, Rachel Graham
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Species at Risk I: Warm Water - Explorers Room
It’s fairly straightforward to track the decline of biodiversity on land, but what’s going on below the surface of the seas? This series of three “At Risk Sessions” looks at the state of flagship species and what is being done to save them. Species highlighted: Sharks, Corals and Sea Turtles.
Speakers: Alessandro Ponzo, Emily Darling, Aimee Leslie, Sarah Fowler
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Sunset Reception - Terrace
Sponsored by PBS. Networking, with a splash of Teton inspiration. Conservation—and conversation—to match the landscape!
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM: Legacy Award Keynote: A Conversation with Paul Hawken - Explorers Room
Sponsored by PBS. A conversation with Paul Hawken, one of our 2019 Legacy Award recipeints. Paul Hawken starts ecological businesses, writes about nature and commerce, and consults with heads of state and CEOs on climatic, economic and ecological regeneration. Businesses he has started include Erewhon, Smith & Hawken, and OneSun Solar (now called Energy Everywhere). His latest book, Drawdown, The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming debuted April, 2017 as the #9 NYT bestseller. He is the founder of Project Drawdown, which works with over two hundred scholars, students, scientists, researchers, and activists to map, measure, and model the one hundred most substantive solutions that can cumulatively reverse global warming by reducing and sequestering greenhouse gases. Made possible in part through support from the National Science Foundation.
Speakers: Paul Hawken
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