Conference Announcement

The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) will hold its fifth biennial conference in Japan in July 2014. Marine educators will again gather to share resources and to advance a network aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the Pacific and the communities who depend upon it. 

Where and When

The mission of International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) is to foster collaborative relationships that will create the resources, programs, training, and leadership necessary to build ocean literacy at every level of society in the Pacific region. The fifth IPMEN biennial conference will be held July 10-16, 2014, in Tokyo and Iwate, Japan. An important aspect of the conference is bringing hope and pride to the area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. Organizers request that proposals be submitted by April 15 to allow for translations. The conference will be conducted in English, Japanese and Spanish. Plans are underway for an option to participate online for those who cannot travel to Japan.

IPMEN Japan Web Sites 

The latest details of IPMEN Japan 2014 conference can be found on two conference web sites

By using these sites you will be able to:

  • View the latest conference program.
  • Register for the conference.
  • Submit an abstract.
  • Apply for a Scholarship to attend the conference (limited numbers available). 

For More Information

For more information about the Japan 2014 conference or, more generally, IPMEN please contact:

Conference Strands

The IPMEN 2014 conference will focus on how IPMEN marine educators can help to address:

  • coastal recreation areas that have been devastated by natural disasters;
  • disaster preparedness for coastal areas;
  • balancing traditional ecological knowledge with science and technology, including within fisheries industry; and,
  • understanding of food culture and tradition, including within fisheries.

As well as the four locally inspired strands, the IPMEN 2014 conference in Japan will offer delegates an opportunity to continuing to build a collaborative network that focuses on advancing ocean literacy and traditional knowledge throughout the Pacific.

Join Us

You are invited to be part of this growing international effort to safeguard the health of the ocean and the communities who depend upon it. Marine educators – using the widest sense of the word – are encouraged to join us in Japan, either in person or virtually via the web. Both registration and the call for papers for IPMEN 2014 should be open soon so please visit this web site regularly for updates.

Between conferences you can participate in this growing Network via our Facebook and Google groups. Membership of these discussion groups is informal; it is simply a matter of logging on and signing in.

IPMEN Facebook Group

If you are already a Facebook member, just search for the Ipmen2014Japan Facebook Group and join. Alternatively just go to

IPMEN Google Group

To join this group go to and sign in. If you do not have a Google account, you will be asked to create one when you sign in so just follow the prompts.




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