May 20, 2016

MIT Sea Grant Strategic Planning 2018-2021 - Join Us May 25!

The National Sea Grant mission is to provide integrated research, communication, education, extension and legal programs to coastal communities leading to the responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. The individual Sea Grant programs, including MIT’s, are expected to make significant contributions to this effort through research, education and outreach programs that feed into informed personal, policy and management decisions in the Commonwealth and the nation.

MIT Sea Grant asks for your assistance in preparing our 2018-2021 strategic plan in support of the Sea Grant mission (2014 plan). Separate panels will be convened to consider the research, education and advisory outreach programs, respectively. Since we need input from the whole community, we would like to invite you to participate our panel meetings. If you cannot attending the meetings either in-person or remotely, please contact our Director, Chrys Chryssostomidis, by email (chrys@mit.edu). Please put "Input to Strategic Plan" in the subject line.

WATCH THE MEETING

The meeting is now viewable via Webex : [ WATCH ONLINE ]|[ DOWNLOAD ]

SURVEY RESULTS

In preparation for the panel meetings, we recently hosted a online survey for stakeholders.[ VIEW RESULTS ]

QUESTIONS FOR THE PUBLIC

We are also soliciting responses from the public to the same set of QUESTIONS that will be posed to the May 25 panelists. Please DOWNLOAD the questions and submit your responses to our Director, Chrys Chryssostomidis, by email (chrys@mit.edu). Please put "Input to Strategic Plan" in the subject line.

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SCHEDULED PANEL MEETINGS

May 25, 2016, 12-3p - Research
June 1, 2016, 12-3p - Education
June 8, 2016, 12-3p - Advisory Outreach


PANELISTS for MAY 25 [ view PANELIST BIOS ]

  1. James Bellingham (PANEL)
  2. Robyn Hannigan (PANEL)
  3. Chris Kaiser (PANEL)
  4. George Karnidakis (PANEL)
  5. Pierre Lermusiaux (PANEL)
  6. Beth Phelan (PANEL)
  7. Michael Triantafyllou (PANEL, Chair)


A. GETTING TO THE MEETING

Parking near the meeting location is exceedingly difficult, so please use MASS TRANSIT or TAXI. If you must drive, limited parking may be available at the Kendall-Marriott hotel.

Location

The meeting will be held at the MIT Sea Grant main conference room, on the 3rd Floor of Bldg E38, which is adjacent to the Kendall/MIT subway stop.

Address: 292 Main St, 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA


B. JOINING THE MEETING REMOTELY

Be sure to include your first and last name when joining the meeting, so that we can collect a complete record of all participants

Join WebEx meeting
Meeting link: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?MTID=m1b5da31f4cb7941608d7076dcab38b75
Meeting number: 641 071 562
Meeting password: kCU38W2i

Join by phone
+1-617-324-0000 US Toll Number
Access code: 641 071 562
Mobile Auto Dial:+1-617-324-0000,,,641071562#

Note: The meeting will be recorded and posted online for reference


C. REFRESHMENTS

Feel free to bring your own food and beverage. Water and some light refreshments will be provided


D. REAL-TIME AUDIENCE QUESTIONS

We will be collecting questions from the local and remote audience real-time using Slido. These questions will be managed by the meeting host and shared to the web meeting.

join at www.slido.com, Code 8864
or
https://www.sli.do/woivglzp (direct link)



INVITATION TO THE COMMUNITY FOR INPUT

The following background information will help you prepare your input. National Sea Grant Program activities are concentrated in four Focus Areas, considered to be of critical importance to the health and vitality of the nation's coastal resources and communities:

  • Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
  • Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Resilient Communities & Economies
  • Environmental Literacy & Workforce Development

The focus areas were selected to allow Sea Grant as a whole to respond to issues of major importance. Each of the 33 Sea Grant programs is expected to prepare their own strategic plan to address these issues locally through research, education and community outreach and extension programs. There are certain broad categories of concern to coastal communities around the nation that have been identified by the National. However, MIT Sea Grant has historically been most successful when our research is tightly focused on specific challenges and approaches. For the last two years, we have given funding for work in ocean acidification as described in our RFP statement. The issues we consider currently significant and which, with your assistance, we seek to prioritize are:

  • Sea temperatures are warming
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Fish populations are shifting
  • Aquaculture
  • Ocean acidification
  • Comprehensive, reliable and cost effective Coastal and Ocean Observation
  • Effective Coastal and Ocean Modeling and Prediction
  • Ocean Pollution
  • Detection of heavy metals in water
  • Freshwater-ocean interactions

Each panel’s charge will be to identify the most crucial issues in their arena – research, education and outreach – and to suggest methods and approaches to effectively address them. In addition to the panel meetings we are also conducting a 5-MINUTE SURVEY to collect input from the community at large.

Your suggestions and recommendations will be greatly appreciated and will assist us in drafting the blueprint of our 2018-2021 strategic plan.

Thank You

Chrys Chryssostomidis
Director, MIT Sea Grant College Program

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