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Recurring Virginia Sea Grant Events

Visiting Scholar Seminar Series Each semester, Virginia Sea Grant partners with the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy and the VIMS School of Marine Science to host one or more speakers in topics relating to marine policy. The seminar series web page includes information about past speakers and a video archive of their talks.

Annual Project Participants' Symposium Each year, Virginia Sea Grant hosts a one-day symposium for researchers, staff, and partners. The agenda includes presentations and posters about research and extension projects, as well as an annual report from the director and discussions of emerging marine and coastal issues.

More Events From Virginia Sea Grant and Partners


Science for the People: Fellows Present Research to Non-scientists

Science for the People: Fellows Present Research to Non-scientists

Virginia Sea Grant’s 2012 Graduate Research Fellows presented at the 2014 Virginia Sea Grant Project Participants’ Symposium. Unlike other talks they give about their research, we challenged them to tailor their talk for a general audience.

Photos from 2014 Blue Crab Bowl

Photos from 2014 Blue Crab Bowl

A team from Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach started strong and then hung on in the finals to win the 17th annual Blue Crab Bowl, a regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB), on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Old Dominion University. This was a record seventh straight year that a […]

Good Eats: Keeping Half-Shell Oysters Safe (Aquaculture Conference Part 3)

Good Eats: Keeping Half-Shell Oysters Safe (Aquaculture Conference Part 3)

A hot topic at the 2013 Virginia Aquaculture Conference this past November was how to maintain the safe consumption of raw oysters and better understand the science that directs industry harvest regulations.

An aqua-farmer plants clam 'seed,' tiny finger-nail sized animals that will be tended to until they grow to market size.

Is Aquaculture Agriculture? (Aquaculture Conference Part 2)

In the end, there are many definitions for aquaculture or agriculture, and none of them are universal.

Virginia Aquaculture Conference (Part 1)

Virginia Aquaculture Conference (Part 1)

Virginia’s bi-annual conference for fish farmers, held in Newport News on November 15 and 16 of last year, drew more than 100 finfish and shellfish growers.

More than 140 people attended the Working Waterfronts Workshop at Virginia Institute of Marine Science and more were patched in remotely to the Eastern Shore Community College. ©Joy Staley/VASG

Search for ‘Pioneers’ of Working Waterfronts Begins at Workshop

The February 26, 2014, workshop discussed some of the challenges facing waterfront businesses today.

Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

Storm Destruction Less Random Than You May Think

When a storm hits, households don’t get hit equally. In fact, says Shannon Van Zandt, low-income households usually get hit the hardest.

VIDEO: VASG Director Shares a Year in Review for 2013

VIDEO: VASG Director Shares a Year in Review for 2013

Director Troy Hartley reflects on 2013 in his annual report at the Virginia Sea Grant Project Participants’ Symposium.

Fellows Present at VASG Symposium

Fellows Present at VASG Symposium

Virginia Sea Grant Fellows from VIMS and ODU present on their research at the 2014 Project Participants’ Symposium. Fellows were challenged to prepare 10 minute talks geared to a general audience.

Representatives of the U.S. Navy discuss food service needs at the 2013 Value Added Seafood Workshop. ©Jennifer Armstrong/VASG

Workshop Provides ‘Practical’ Advice for Industry to Add Value to Seafood

Members of the seafood processing industry learned how to make more with less at Virginia Sea Grant’s 2013 Value-Added Seafood Marketing Workshop.

November 15-16: Virginia Aquaculture Conference

November 15-16: Virginia Aquaculture Conference

The Virginia Aquaculture Conference will provide an opportunity to learn about current and upcoming industry issues, explore new developments in culture technology, and interact with others with similar interests.

VASG Reaches Out for Potential CSF Leaders in Williamsburg

VASG Reaches Out for Potential CSF Leaders in Williamsburg

To help launch a CSF, Virginia Sea Grant is inviting anyone interested to submit a Statement of Interest by January 10, 2013. (You can find the Instructions and form here: http://bit.ly/vasg-csf-lead )

Flooding Conference Discusses Legal, Scientific, and Policy Issues

Flooding Conference Discusses Legal, Scientific, and Policy Issues

Elected and military officials, attorneys, scientists, business leaders, and citizens attend the ‘sold-out’ Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change conference.

VCU Rice Center, a ‘Green’ Partner

VCU Rice Center, a ‘Green’ Partner

VCU Rice Center is the first platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificated building in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Flooding in Hampton Roads during Nor'Easter Ida. ©Olivia Hauser

Coastal Flooding Forum Helps Hampton Roads Prepare

The Adaptation Forum is a workshop for city, regional, and federal officials to share best practices for communicating the risks and realities of coastal inundation to local communities, a process that has proven challenging despite the realized destruction caused by Nor’easters and hurricanes of the last couple of years.

Innovations like permeable pavement are part of the future of sustainable water policy, but incentivizing and spreading innovation is a major policy challenge. © Achim Hering

Visiting Scholar Discusses Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation

How do we get scientific innovations to the people who need them? Dr. Dale Manty of the EPA recently shared his thoughts on sustainability and innovation as a Visiting Scholar Seminar Speaker.

Brendan Rice. ©Vivian Hollingsworth/VASG

Using Marketing Skill to Plan, Manage ‘Most Highly Rated’ Event

For Brendan Rice, the best part of working with Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) was “gaining real-world experience that applied to my field of study.” Brendan, a Virginia Commonwealth University student in business marketing, joined VASG as Event Planning and Management Intern in the fall to help with our annual event: The Project Participants’ Symposium. He […]

Apprentices Mike Ellis and Sean Gonzalez face-off in a cooking competition at the 2013 Chef Seafood Symposium. ©Samantha Cottingham/VASG

Chefs Seafood Symposium: Science Behind the Seafood

The Chefs Seafood Symposium is a Virginia Sea Grant annual event that invites professional, apprentice, and student chefs for a day of learning about seafood and the science behind the products chefs serve.

Dale Manty

Spring 2013: Sustainability and Water Research at the EPA

Over the course of more than 30 years of experience at the EPA, Dr. Dale Manty has contributed to the agency’s development of many important policies on land and water management. He headed the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research Centers Program for 12 years and currently works with EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Research program and coordinates the Office of Research and Development’s extramural green building and infrastructure research and development efforts. Manty holds a doctorate in Natural Resource Management from Ohio State University.

The 3rd National Working Waterfronts Conference will take place in Tacoma, WA, March 25-28, 2013. This photo shows the port of Tacoma in the shadow of Mount Rainier. ©Boran28/Wikimedia Commons

VA Working Waterfronts Study Presented at National Conference

Virginia Sea Grant Extension partners will present the findings of their efforts to map and prioritize working waterfronts in Virginia and Maryland at the nation’s third Working Waterfronts Conference this March. The session “A Case Study on Successful Research and Extension in the Chesapeake Bay” will be lead by Extension Leader and Virginia Institute of Marine Science Economist Tom Murray.

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