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.

2018 is International Year of the Reef!

Coral reefs are one of the most threatened ecosystems on our planet. During International Year of the Reef, you can help increase awareness of the general public, elected officials, and policy-makers to take practical steps to protect the reefs.  Resources and information are available at IYOR 2018. The Ocean Agency has made many of their amazing high-quality photos available for free to help all of us create awareness about coral reefs. Click here to go to the Coral Reef Image Bank.

We are always looking ahead. Please send us an email with your conference information and we will add it to the calendar.

OCTOBER

Regional Conference

International Pacific Marine Educators Network Conference

Keelung, Taiwan
1 – 5 October 2018

 

 

Regional Conference

European Marine Science Educators Association Conference 18

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2 – 4 October 2018

 

 

World Animal Day

4 October

 

World Octopus Day

8 October

African Penguin Awareness Day

13 October

 

 

International Sawfish Day

17 October

 

International Conference

3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress
Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the Future

Chiang Mai, Thailand
22 – 26 October 2018

The 3rd WSFC is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the future of the world’s small-scale fisheries.

NOVEMBER

World Jellyfish Day

3 November

Diving Professionals Event

DEMA Show

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, USA
14 -19 November 2018

World Fisheries Day

21 November

International Conference

MICRO 2018
Fate and Impact of Microplastics
“Knowledge, Actions and Solutions”

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
19 – 23 November 2018

 

International Conference

High Level Meeting on Sustainable Blue Economy
Hosted by Kenya
Co-partnered with Japan & Canada

Nairobi, Kenya
26 – 28 November 2018

 

DECEMBER

National Symposium

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

University of Oxford, UK
1 December 2018

 

World Wildlife Conservation Day

4 December

International Conference

COP 24 – UN Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Organised by Poland

Katowice, Slaskie, Poland
3 – 14 December 2018

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

 

FEATURED EVENTS 2019

JANUARY

International Conference

4th Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences
Organised by State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science of
Xiamen University

Xiamen, China
6 – 19 January 2019

 

National Symposium

17th Symposium on the Coastal Environment
In cooperation with the American Meteorological Society

Phoenix, AZ, USA
7 – 9 January 2019

Surf Tourism Event

43rd Surf Expo
Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, FL, USA
10 – 12 January 2019

 

Diving Tourism Event

21st Salon de la Plongée
(Dive Show)

Porte de Versailles, Paris, France
11 – 14 January 2019

Diving Tourism Event

BOOT 2019
Boats, Diving, Water Sports

Messe, Dusseldorf, Germany
19 – 27 January 2019

FEBRUARY

World Wetlands Day

2 February

International Conference

International Sea Turtle Symposium
Organised by the International Sea Turtle Society

Charleston, SC, USA
2 – 8 February 2019

World Whale Day

16 February

International Day of the Polar Bear

27 February

International Conference

ALSO 2019
Aquatic Sciences Meeting
Sponsored by the Assoc for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography

San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
24 February–1 March 2019

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
TBD March 2019

 

International Conference

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

Kota Kinabalu, Sabeh, Malaysia
12 – 14 March 2019

 

 

World Water Day

22 March

Manatee Appreciation Day

29 March

APRIL

Diving Tourism Event

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

Suntec, Singapore
12 – 14 April 2019

World Dolphin Day

14 April

Regional Conference

6th Australian Mangrove & Saltmarsh Network Conference
Macquarie University & Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney, Australia
TBD 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

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

Endangered Species Day

17 May

International Day of Biological Diversity

22 May

World Turtle Day

23 May

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

 

World Sea Turtle Day

16 June

 

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
TBD June 2019

JULY

World Plastic Bag Free Day

3 July

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
TBD July 2019

National Conference

National (US) Marine Educators Association
Annual Meeting

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

 

 

Shark Awareness Day

14 July

 

Arctic Sea Ice Day

15 July

 

 

Special Diving Day

PADI Womens Dive Day

20 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

 

World Whale Shark Day

30 August

SEPTEMBER

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

 

World Water Monitoring Day

18 September

World Coastal Cleanup Day

21 September

OCTOBER

Regional Conference

European Marine Science Educators Association Conference 19

TBD
TBD October 2019

 

 

World Animal Day

4 October

 

World Octopus Day

8 October

International Conference

World Whale Conference 2019
Organised by 

Hervey Bay, Australia
7 – 11 October 2019

 

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

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