The NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (CCME) held its 2019 Annual Meeting at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) on the campus of the University of California – San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography on April 11-12, 2019. The theme of the meeting was “Expanding Partnerships for Student Training and Workforce Placement”. The main goals of the meeting were to: introduce CCME more broadly to the NOAA scientific community, educate CCME faculty and students about different research opportunities and interests at a variety of NOAA entities, and foster new and expanded collaborations, particularly those leading to student engagement, between CCME and NOAA.
Approximately 22 CCME faculty and staff, seven graduate students, thirteen NOAA personnel, three representatives of the Stakeholder Advisory Board, and the External Evaluator attended in person. Four NOAA personnel attended virtually (via the Zoom web conferencing service), as did other CCME faculty and students.
A pre-meeting informal gathering for introductions and networking was held the evening of April 10 in the Hotel La Jolla. The meeting kicked off with the presentation of posters highlighting research by select CCME graduate students with concurrent networking opportunities. Following the welcome by CCME Director Dr. Larry Robinson and the SWFSC Acting Deputy Science and Research Director Dr. Toby Garfield, the program moved to presentations summarizing CCME and the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) to familiarize the attendees with the program. Following a networking lunch and tour of the SWFSC, the afternoon of the first day featured talks from representatives of eleven NOAA laboratories, centers and offices. The speakers were selected to represent a mix of those with exiting collaborations with CCME, those with some familiarity but not yet engaged with CCME, and those with no pre-existing relationship with CCME. The second day began with a discussion of collaborative opportunities based on what was learned during the first day. Following the open session, an internal CCME programmatic meeting was held.