The International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN) grew out of international collaboration between a small group of USA based National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) members and Marine Education Society of Australasia (MESA) members.
The starting point for the creation of IPMEN was an informal meeting over breakfast at the 2000 NMEA conference in Long Beach, California. The follow-up to this meeting was a two-day forum, called the One Ocean Marine Forum (OOMF) on the Hawaiian island of Maui in July 2005. The aim of OOMF was to create a global network of marine educators to share knowledge, expertise and resources to solve ocean related environmental issues. At the 2005 meeting in Hawaii it was decided to further the OOMF goal by first forming a network of Pacific marine educators and scientists as a pilot.
The International Pacific Marine Educators Conference (IPMEC) was then held in 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The main aim of IPMEC was to create this Pacific network. It brought together 100 educators, scientists and community leaders from 18 Pacific nations and territories and resulted in the formation of the International Pacific Marine Educators Network (IPMEN). http://ipmen.net/ipmec-hawaii-2007
Since that time IPMEN delegates have come together every two years at various locations around the Pacific:
- Australia 2008. http://ipmen.net/ipmen-australia-2008
- Fiji Islands 2010. http://ipmen.net/ipmen-fiji-2010
- Chile 2012. http://ipmen.net/ipmen-chile-2012
- Japan 2014. http://ipmen.net/ipmen-japan-2014
- Indonesia 2016. http://ipmen.net/ipmen-indonesia-2016
Video Recordings of presentations at a number of IPMEN conferences are available at http://www.coexploration.org/ipmen