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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


Live blue crab were on display at Hampton Crabtown Environmental

Virginia Tech Extension Talk Crab at Hampton Crabtown Expo (SLIDESHOW)

Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech manned a booth at the Hampton Crabtown Environmental Expo on June 7, 2014. The Expo featured booths and talks about oysters, crabs, aquaculture, sustainability, wetlands, and more. Abigail Villalba, Virginia Sea Grant extension at Virginia Tech’s Seafood Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Hampton, was there to talk […]

Carol Hopper Brill shows teachers a coastal plant as part of the April MWEE workshop. ©Julia Robins/VASG

First Step to Getting Students Outside: Take Their Teachers into the Field

Students aren’t the only ones tired of being stuck in the classroom doing traditional school work. This April, 19 enthusiastic teachers from around Virginia attended a two-day workshop designed to show teachers how they could conduct meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) outside. The workshop was sponsored by Virginia Sea Grant and the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR-VA).

Martin Hall, Head of Dolphin-Tuna.

Collaborating with Fisheries to Reduce By Catch: 30 years of education

VIDEO: Martin Hall (Head of Tuna-Dolphin Program, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission) shares lessons learned in reducing accidental catch of dolphins, turtles, and other animals.

Blue Crab Bowl buzzer.

VA’s Marine Quiz Competition Inspires Students to Pursue Science Careers

Designed to inspire and challenge high school students, Virginia‚Äôs Blue Crab Bowl (BCB) appears to be working as planned. The annual marine science quiz competition not only gives Virginia‚Äôs students the chance to show off their knowledge of oceanography, geology, and biology, it also has been shown to influence students‚Äô future careers. According to the […]

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.

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