Program and Agenda

Social Events

Opening Welcome Mixer Reception

An opening welcome mixer reception will be held. Conference registration will be open just prior to the reception to allow you to pick up your conference materials.

Poster Receptions

Posters will be available for viewing throughout the week. Refreshments will be served.

JAM Session

Tuesday, February 25, 8:00 pm to 12:00 am
Mai Tai Bar in the Ala Moana Center.

This event will be an opportunity to enjoy the musical talents of fellow scientists. Having occurred during the 2010 and 2012 meetings, quite a following has developed among both musicians and audience members. Relax at the jam session and spend time in a variety of ways - visiting with col-leagues or performing with other scientists-musicians and providing an entertaining evening for everyone. Musicians are invited to bring musical instruments and join the performance.

The RPM challenge

The RPM challenge is a creative summons that invites oceanographically inclined musicians to create a whole album of water music, 10 songs or 35 minutes, during the month of February. The challenge was begun in 2006 by an alternative newspaper from Portsmouth, NH called The Wire. Approximately 220 musical ensembles signed up the first year, but the subsequent year participation swelled internationally to over 2500 acts with similar attendance each following year. The challenge was brought to Ocean Sciences in Salt Lake City 2012 where a whole room was dedicated to recording scientists and their music throughout the week. A compilation CD was put together featuring different musicians from around the world that attended the meeting. These recordings were submitted to the challenge. This year we plan to offer the same challenge and encourage musicians to record, but would also like to entice a live audience to attend one or more of the recording sessions. Recording equipment and microphones will be provided, but instrumentation must be brought by the performer. For more technical information send an email to or

1st Ocean Sciences 5K Fun Run

Date: February 26 (Wednesday of the conference week)

Time: 6:00 am (early start to allow participants time to get to morning sessions)

Location: Ala Moana Park, located along the shore just west of the conference hotels and Convention Center.  Head west along Ala Moana Blvd and the park will be on the right just after passing over the canal.

Entrance Fee: $30 and includes a running shirt with thematic logo and a timing chip.

Pre-register with your conference registration. Race packets, including a running shirt, a timing chip, and directions to Ala Moana Park, will be available for pickup in the registration area of the conference center, starting on Monday of the conference week.

The Fun Run event is looking for 10 volunteers to help out with the run. If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please contact Steven Ackleson at All volunteers will receive a free event T-shirt!"

R/V Falkor Tours

Schmidt Ocean Institute offers tours of R/V Falkor following the close of the Ocean Sciences Meeting on Friday February 28th!

Schmidt Ocean Institute will offer tours of its Research Vessel, Falkor, on Friday February 28th, following the close of the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting.

Schmidt Ocean Institute is a private non-profit operating foundation established to advance oceanographic research, discovery, and knowledge, and to catalyze sharing of information about the oceans.  The Institute, established in 2009 by Eric and Wendy Schmidt, is devoted to the inspirational vision of the Founders that the advancement of technology and open sharing of information will remain crucial to expanding the understanding of the world’s ocean.

Schmidt Ocean Institute owns and operates the Research Vessel Falkor, a 272 ft. ship that completed a scientific refit and field trials in 2012 and its first full year of oceanographic operations in 2013.  R/V Falkor supports a wide range of scientific marine operations, including AUV and ROV operations, hydrographic surveys and multidisciplinary acoustic research, wet and dry laboratory work, underway water sampling and data collection, mammal and bird observations, over-the-side deployments, CTD/Hydrowinch operations, and interactive research, communications, and educational activities requiring high bandwidth global Internet access.  Starting in 2015, Schmidt Ocean Institute will also offer support for scientific operations with its new full ocean depth capable hybrid remotely operated vehicle.

Come take a guided tour of the R/V Falkor!  Tours will be given Friday afternoon following the conclusion of the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting.  Round-trip motor coach transportation will be provided to R/V Falkor from the convention center, departing the convention center at 4:30 pm.  To sign up, please visit the Schmidt Ocean Institute Exhibit Booth in Exhibit Space #53.  You MUST be signed up in order to take a tour!