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Upcoming Events

2015 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference
February 16-19, 2015
Houston, TX

The Gulf Research Program is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this year’s conference, where we are also sponsoring a half-day science communications workshop for students (details below). We look forward to seeing many of you there. To find Gulf Research Program staff onsite in Houston, visit the program's booth or attend any of the following events:

  • COMPASS Student Half-Day Workshop: Communicating Your Science (2/16)
  • Oral session 005: Gaps to Gains: Transdisciplinary Approaches in Examining Environmental, Health, and Ecosystem Services Risk and Resilience in Gulf Coast Communities (2/18)
  • Gulf Science and Restoration Programs Update and Panel Discussion (2/18)

COMPASS Student Workshop: Communicating Your Science
February 16, 2015
Noon-5:30pm CT

Are you interested in sharing your science with journalists, decision makers and the wider world, but not sure where to start? Join COMPASS for a half-day student-focused workshop that will help you build your communication skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify key messages arising from your research and professional activities, with an emphasis on explaining “so what?”;
  • Understand the day-to-day pressures, constraints, and needs of different audiences (e.g., journalists, policymakers), and be able to refine and reframe your messages accordingly;
  • Recognize and refine your use of technical jargon; and
  • Provide support and feedback for peers in order to build a community of practice

An introduction to using social media to communicate your science will be included and a student mixer will follow. The workshop is free but registration is limited to 100 people. Register at the same time you register for the full conference.

Questions about the workshop? Please contact Heather Mannix.

Gulf Research Program Advisory Board Meeting
March 10-11, 2015
Tampa, FL

This meeting—the first for the Gulf Research Program's new Advisory Board—is primarily a board orientation meeting.

Past Events

American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting
November 18, 2014
New Orleans, LA

The Gulf Research Program participated in APHA Special Session 4015.0: "When place matters: investments in science benefit community resilience, public health and sustainability on the U.S. Gulf Coast." A description of the session and an agenda are available here.

Strategic Plan Virtual Meeting
September 30, 2014
3:30-4:30pm EST
Meeting recording and presentation

Hosted by members of the Gulf Research Program's Advisory Group, this virtual meeting summarized the Program's new strategic plan and offered participants an opportunity to ask questions.

Community Resilience and Health Opportunity Analysis Workshop
September 22-23, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Agenda with speaker presentations

At this small discussion meeting, invited participants defined possible areas where Program investments could improve the health and resilience of Gulf communities. Participants explored needs, challenges, and opportunities across a wide range of topics, including:

  • Speeding recovery and strengthening the resilience of Gulf communities and ecosystems;
  • Improving our understanding of the connections between human health and environment; and
  • Developing capacity for innovative, collaborative, and cross-cutting programs that engage and benefit Gulf communities
Environmental Monitoring Opportunity Analysis Workshop
September 3-4, 2014
New Orleans, LA

Through panel discussion and breakout sessions, about 35 key workshop participants identified environmental monitoring needs within the following two areas of opportunity:

  • Developing ecosystem services models to inform existing and planned habitat restoration
  • Improving our understanding of the physical and biological attributes of the deep Gulf of Mexico to enhance environmental protection from the impacts of oil exploration in the deep and ultra-deep water
Participants also discussed technological and methodological innovations that could help address these monitoring needs, identified monitoring opportunities uniquely suited to the Gulf Research Program’s 30-year duration, and identified opportunities for partnerships and leveraging of resources.

To request agendas and presentations from earlier meetings, contact