Initial 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
IPMEN 5 delegates and guests will begin the conference with a three-night stay at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel (venue yet to be confirmed) in Tokyo. Planned events in Tokyo will educate delegates about both cultural and marine science aspects of Japan.
The IPMEN conference will then move north to Iwate for an optional field session in the area devastated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami. Events are scheduled to occur in both Miyako and Kamaishi, with a one-night stay in the Hayachine Lodge (confirmed) and the second night in the Jodogahama Park Hotel (confirmed).
Hayachine Lodge is located at the base of Hayachine mountain. At 1,995m this is the highest mountain in the devastated area. Jodogahama Park Hotel is located on a cliff near Jodogahama beach which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. As a result, IPMEN 5 delegates will be able to connect with nature in the mountains, rivers and oceans in this region of Japan.
The conference concludes back in Tokyo with a farewell party. Those wishing to stay longer can travel on their own to Kyoto, a two-hour trip by train.
For More Information
For more information about the Japan 2014 conference or, more generally, IPMEN please contact:
The IPMEN 2014 conference will focus on how IPMEN marine educators can help to address:
a) coastal recreation areas that have been devastated by natural disasters;
b) disaster preparedness for coastal areas;
c) balancing traditional ecological knowledge with science and technology, including within fisheries industry; and,
d) 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.
Registration and Call for Papers
The anticipated cost for the conference including accommodation and ground transportation is US$1,000 per registrant. Details of registration and a call for papers will be posted on this web site soon.
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 www.facebook.com/Ipmen2014Japan.
IPMEN Google Group
To join this group simply go to http://groups.google.com/group/ipmen 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.