Friday Harbor Laboratories


In the wake of six highly successful Centennial Symposia to celebrate FHL's first 100 years, we extend an invitation to others to consider holding a research symposium at Friday Harbor Laboratories. We will hold two annual symposia focused on research in the marine and related sciences.

The meetings might be 3-5 days in duration and restricted to <60 people. In general, the concept is similar to the Gordon Conferences.

FHL will select two proposals from applications received by September 15th of the prior year. The FHL Advisory Committee will make a selection based on quality, relevance of proposals, involvement of young scientists, students, and international participants, as well as plans for fund-raising. Organizers would be responsible for setting the theme, selecting the participants, fund-raising, and advertising.

To catalyze the symposia, FHL will offer $5K to the organizers of each meeting, as well as logistical assistance of the local coordinator, Bern Holthuis. Bern will assist with organizing travel and reimbursements, printing conference materials, arranging meals and receptions, purchasing supplies and materials, etc. The financing of the meetings will require that the organizers have a specific plan to raise the additional funding needed, e.g. registration fees, vendor-sponsors, and grant proposals. Experience gained with the FHL Centennial Symposia indicates that the typical budget requires approximately $1000 per participant (including room, board, sponsor, grants, registration fees if any). Room and board is $110 per participant per day, and additional funding covers costs of honoraria, travel, special receptions, field trips, whale-watching or other cruises, etc.

Your application should describe the theme, dates, explain of the timeliness, list likely participants, and provide a budget proposal indicating how you anticipate financing the meeting.