Our Oceans, Our Future - A Human Dimensions of the Environment Event

“Our Oceans, Our Future” – a public symposium sponsored by the University of Washington’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs on February 15, 2012!

“Our Oceans, Our Future” explored diverse perspectives regarding interactions between humans and the oceans. The event included presentations on innovative new ocean research linking social and ecological systems, panel discussions, and breakout discussions sessions. Topics ranged from improving marine protected areas and fisheries management to sustaining Puget Sound to reforming academic institutions in response to environmental challenges. The symposium was followed by a public reception.

Please see below for more details about the event. 

Our Oceans, Our Future

A Human Dimensions of the Environment Event Hosted by the UW School of Marine And Environmental Affairs

Download the Symposium Program (PDF)

Download Speaker & Musician Bios (PDF)

Download the Introduction and Panel Discussions (MP4)

Download the Introduction and Panel Discussions (WMV)

Follow #ouroceans on Twitter for live conversations at the symposium!


University of Washington Tower Auditorium
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195


February 15, 2012
Presentations and Panels: 1:30-4:00pm
Facilitated Breakout Sessions: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Public Reception: 5:00-6:30pm


The future of our changing seas and coastal people
Understanding how to improve marine protected areas
Understanding how to improve fisheries management
New approaches to sustaining Puget Sound
Reforming academic institutions to address environmental challenges
Training the next generation of interdisciplinary environmental scientists