Conservation Days & Conferences

Check here for marine science and conservation conferences, awareness days for planning your communications events, and dates of the biggest water sports shows.

2019 – “Living Coral” – Color of the Year

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 is “Living Coral.” This color calls attention to the world’s corals and their beauty. Described as “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens,” it is a color that should appeal to ocean advocates.  Every December, Pantone announces a new color for the upcoming year which influences designers around the world. This year’s color will hopefully remind people of the natural beauty of coral reefs and inspire them to take steps to limit climate change and protect the world’s coral reefs.

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MARCH

International Day of the Seal

1 March

UN World Wildlife Day

3 March

International Conference

World Ocean Summit 2019
Organised by The Economist

Abu Dahabi
5 – 7 March 2019

 

International Conference

International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture 2019
Organised by University of Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu, Sabeh, Malaysia
12 – 14 March 2019

 

 

National Conference

Citizen Science 2019
Organised by Local Committee 

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
13 – 17 March 2019

 

 

World Water Day

22 March

Manatee Appreciation Day

29 March

APRIL

International Conference

5th International Conference on Marine Mammam Protected Areas

Messinia, Greece
8 – 12 April 2019

 

Diving Tourism Event

Asia Dive Expo (ADEX)
“For a Plastic-Free Future”

Suntec, Singapore
12 – 14 April 2019

World Dolphin Day

14 April

International Conference

4th Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network – International Workshop

Hangzhou, China
14 – 17 April 2019

 

International Conference

Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Open Science Conference

Sapporo, Japan
21 – 25 April 2019

 

Earth Day

22 April

World Penguin Day

25 April

International Conference

23rd International Seaweed Symposium

Jeju, Korea
28 April – 3 May 2019

 

MAY

World Tuna Day

2 May

International Conference

11th International Conference on Toxic Cyanobacteria

Krakow, Poland
5 –  10 May 2019

International Conference

International Living Planet Symposium

Organised by the European Space Agency 

Milan, Italy
13 –  17 May 2019

Endangered Species Day

17 May

International Day of Biological Diversity

22 May

World Turtle Day

23 May

International Conference

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species  (CITES) CoP18

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
23 May – 3 June, 2019

JUNE

World Environmement Day

5 June

World Ocean Day

8 June

For ideas on events you can organise or other free resources including graphics for social media

 

Regional Workshop

EurOCEAN
High-level Marine Science Policy Conference

Paris, France
11 – 12 June 2019

World Sea Turtle Day

16 June

 

International Conference

Oceans 19 Conference
“Ocean Planet – It’s our home”
Organized by the Marine Technology Society & the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society

Marseille, France
17 – 20 June 2019

Natinal Conference

6th Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Network Conference
Monash University

Melbourne, Australia
18 – 20 June 2019

International Symposium

1st International Operational Satellite Oceanography Symposium

Organised by NOAA & EUMETSAT 

College Park, MD, USA
18 – 20 June 2019

International Conference

Asia-Pacific Aquaculture 2019

Organised by the World Aquaculture Society 

Chennai, India
18 – 20 June 2019

International Workshop

Ocean Carbon & Biogeochemistry Workshop
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Woods Hole, MA, USA
24 – 27 June 2019

International Conference

MARE People & the Sea Conference
Center for Maritime Research, University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands
24 – 28 June 2019

JULY

International Conference

Mangroves Macrobenthos and Management 5
International Conference sponsored by the University of Singapore

Singapore
1 – 5 July 2019

 

Regional Conference

11th West Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Symposium

Mauritius
1 – 6 July 2019

 

 

World Plastic Bag Free Day

3 July

International Conference

OCEANEXT 2019
International Interdisciplinary Conference Organised by the CNRS Sea & Coastal Institute

Nantes, France
3 – 5 July 2019

 

National Conference

Philippines Association of Marine Science 15
Hosted be Aklan State University

Banga, Aklan, Philippines
4 – 6 July 2019

 

International Conference

Aquaticnoise 2019
International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

Den Haag, Netherlands
7 – 12 July 2019

 

National Conference

41st Annual Scientific Meeting
Philippines National Academy of Science and Technology

Manila, Philippines
10 – 11 July 2019

Shark Awareness Day

14 July

 

Arctic Sea Ice Day

15 July

 

 

Dive Tourism Event

PADI Women’s Dive Day

Worldwide
20 July 2019

 

International Conference

Species on the Move 2019
International Conference on the Effects Climate Change on Species

Kruger National Park, South Africa
22 – 26 July 2019

 

National Conference

National (US) Marine Educators Association
Annual Meeting

University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH USA
22 – 25 July 2019

 

 

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem

26 July

 

AUGUST

Dive Tourism Event

Australia International Dive Expo
International Convention Center

Sydney, Australia
1 – 5 August 2019

 

International Conference

International Sea Ice Symposium 2019
University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
18 – 23 August 2019

 

Regional Conference

7th European Phycological Congress

Zagreb, Croatia
25 – 30 August 2019

 

 

World Whale Shark Day

30 August

SEPTEMBER

International Conference

13th International Conference on Paleoceanography

Sydney, Australia
2 – 6 September 2019

 

Dive Tourism Event

Dive Resort Travel Expo – Philippines

SM Megamall, Manila, Philippines
6 – 9 September 2018

 

International Conference

19th International Conference on Diseases of Fish and Shellfish
Organised by the European Association of Fish Pathologists

Porto, Portugal
9 – 12 September 2019

 

International Conference

International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)
Annual Science Conference
 

Gothenburg, Sweden
9 – 12 September 2019

 

International Conference

International Science Council – Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research 
Annual Conference
 

Toyama, Japan
9 – 12 September 2019

 

Regional Conference

European Marine Science Educators Association Conference

São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
12 – 16 September 2019

 

 

World Water Monitoring Day

18 September

World Coastal Cleanup Day

21 September

OCTOBER

World Animal Day

4 October

 

International Conference

Fishackathon 2019

+30 Countries
5 – 6 October 2019

 

International Conference

World Whale Conference 2019
Organised by Fraser Coast Tourism & World Cetacean Alliance

Hervey Bay, Australia
7 – 11 October 2019

 

World Octopus Day

8 October

African Penguin Awareness Day

12 October

 

 

International Sawfish Day

17 October

 

NOVEMBER

World Jellyfish Day

3 November

Regional Conference

XVIII Congreso Latinoamericano de Ciencias del Mar 2019

Mar del Plata, Argentina
4 – 8 November 2019

 

 

International Conference

COP 25 – UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Organised by Brazil

TBD, Brazil
11 – 22 November 2019

Simply put, it is the U.N. Climate Change Negotiations.

 

Diving Professionals Event

DEMA Show

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, USA
13 – 16 November 2019

World Fisheries Day

21 November

DECEMBER

National Symposium

UK Coral Reef Symposium
Organized by Reef Conservation UK & the Zoological Society of London

TBD, UK
TBD December 2019

 

 

World Wildlife Conservation Day

4 December

LOOK AHEAD 2020 – FEATURED EVENTS

JANUARY

International Conference

5th Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences
Organised by State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science of
Xiamen University

Xiamen, China
TBD January 2020

 

National Symposium

18th Symposium on the Coastal Environment

In cooperation with the American Meteorological Society

TBD, USA
TBD January 2020

Surf Tourism Event

44th Surf Expo
Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL, USA
9 – 11 January 2020

 

Diving Tourism Event

21st Salon de la Plongée
(Dive Show)

Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
10 – 13 January 2020

Diving Tourism Event

BOOT 2019
Boats, Diving, Water Sports

Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany
18 – 26 January 2020

FEBRUARY

World Wetlands Day

2 February

World Whale Day

16 February

International Conference

ALSO 2020
Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Sponsored by the Assoc for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography

San Diego, CA, USA
16 – 21 February 2020

International Day of the Polar Bear

27 February

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