Education, Early Career, Outreach

Global Outreach Initiative

A key component of ASLO’s mission is to advance public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research. In response to an increasingly international membership, ASLO launched the Global Outreach Initiative in 2012 as a way to assist ASLO members outside the U.S. in communicating aquatic science to non-technical audiences. “The ASLO Global Outreach Initiative helps our members make oceanography and limnology research more relevant to broad audiences.  With support from the Board, funds were distributed in 2012 and again in 2016 to a diverse set of creative, well-designed, and impactful outreach projects. A third set of proposals will be funded in 2017.

The ASLO Global Outreach Initiative has funded aquatic science outreach and education projects in:

  • Jamaica (2012) – River Watchers along the Black River, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • Brazil (2012) – Water quality in an urban bay (Brazil) as theme for increasing awareness on the environment
  • Russia (2012) – Fostering dialogue between Russian early-career aquatic scientists and the public
  • Malaysia (2012) – Bachok (Malaysia) Outreach Program on Marine Microbial Ecology
  • New Zealand (2012) – Indigenous People (Hapu) Education and Outreach in New Zealand
  • Spain (2016) - Using Puppet Shows to Educate Children about Plastic Waste Problem in the Ocean (PEPO project)
  • Italy (2016) - RAP for Public Engagement with aquatic Research and Science (RAPPERS)
  • Nigeria (2016) - Practical skills transfer to undergraduate students; physico-chemical and biological parameters as an indication of Lagos lagoon health status
  • Sweden (2016) - Communicating aquatic science and climate change to arctic tourists
  • Greenland, France, Canada (2017) - SEA-ICE Greenland, an itinerant expedition along the north-west coast of Greenland between the village of Upernavik and Kullorsuaq
  • Brazil (2017) - A Amazônia através da arte da juventude em Arapixuna (The Amazon through the easels of Arapixuna's youth)
  • Mexico (2017) - Conozca Tu Mar! Meet your Ocean!
  • Spain (2017) - Explaining what Limnologists and Oceanographers (aka. Aquatic Scientists) are to primary Schoolers: a board-GAME adventure (LOASS-GAME)
  • Nigeria (2017) - Integrating Indigenous Knowledge in the Communication of Ecosystem Services of Lagos Lagoon Complex to its Local Dependants

Project reports for the 2012 projects can be found in the November 2013 issue of the L&O Bulletin (free access).

Project reports for the 2016 projects will appear in the August 2017 issue of the L&O Bulletin.

Global Outreach Initiative Project Map