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Sharing and inspiring ideas for ocean solutions

Ocean Visions is launching a new series of Ocean Talks that aims at bringing inspiring ocean solutions ideas and efforts to the attention of the Ocean Visions community and beyond.


• 20-30 minutes invited TED-style talk on ocean solutions idea or effort
• 30-minute breakout group discussion led by students with jamboards
• 10-minute reports from breakout groups

At the end of each breakout group, the leads will post a short 200-300 words blog entry to summarize the conversation from the breakout groups.

Both talks and breakout groups are in a virtual format and open to any registered attendee. Registration is free but required. We also invite the community to suggest speakers and topics.

The Spring Series will close with an Ocean Solutions Panel on April 23, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 


April 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time) – closing event for Spring 2021

Nancy Knowlton

US Decade National Committee & Sant Chair for Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian Institution


Claudia Stevenson

Lead Private Sector Specialist Inter-American Development Bank


Karen Evans

Executive Planning Group for UN Decade & Team LeaderC SIRO Oceans and Atmosphere


Erin Satterthwaite

California Sea Grant Co-Founder of Decade Early Career Ocean Professional


Brandon Levy

Chief Program Officer Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Join us for a panel discussion to learn about the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 and how you can get involved in this once-in-a-lifetime initiative. Panelists will provide an overview of the Decade as well as how different sectors – including NGOs, business/industry, government, and early career ocean professionals – can contribute to the Decade, both in the US and internationally. Following the panel, we will have breakout rooms for discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Panel Moderated by Theresa Keith & Tammy Bleier, Knauss Marine Policy Fellows


April 16, 2021
at 2:00 PM

Daniela V. Fernandez

Founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance
The Sustainable Ocean Alliance

March 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Théophile Bongarts

Project Manager of SEA’TIES, Ocean & Climate Platform
SEA’TIES: Sharing solutions with coastal cities to tackle sea level rise

March 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Drew Harvell

Professor Emerita, Cornell University Affiliate Faculty, University of Washington Fellow, Ecological Society of America
Nature’s Services for a Healthier Ocean

March 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time)


Stasa Puskaric

Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Croatia
Using “Marine snow” to remove carbon dioxide

March 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Alex Kopelyan

Partner @ IndieBio
Funding science-based startups at IndieBio

February 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Leslie Field

Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Arctic Ice Project (formerly Ice911 Research) Adjunct Lecturer, Stanford University
Arctic ice restoration: how to break the cycle of devastation through research and collaboration

February 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)


Yuki Miura

Ph.D. Candidate in Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Columbia University
Designing an optimal protection strategy for coastal sea-level rise

February 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Stephen Palumbi

Jane and Marshall Steel, Jr. Professor of Marine Biology, Stanford University
Adaptive capacity of coral reef ecosystems: How pragmatic is pragmatic optimism?

February 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
(New York Time)

Nancy Knowlton

Sant Chair for Marine Science Emerita, Smithsonian Institution Member, US National Academy of Sciences
Ocean Optimism: Yes there are success stories, how to create more and at scale?

January 29, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time)


Kate Moran

President & CEO, Ocean Networks Canada
Ocean-based solutions to climate

February 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time)


Daniel Kleinman

Founder & CEO, Seaworthy Collective
Empowering Innovation for Regenerative Ocean Impact

February 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST (New York Time)


Michael B. Jones

President, TMA BlueTech and Managing Partner, SubSeaSail LLC
AquaOptimism™, BlueTech & the Future of the Ocean