EVENT: UCI will host the 2017 Headwaters to Ocean Conference, the premier biennial gathering of a multidisciplinary group of leaders, decision-makers, scholars and advocates to address key social, economic and environmental effects on the Earth’s natural marine systems.

WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, and 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24,  at the Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Science & Engineering, 100 Academy Drive, on campus

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should RSVP to Pat Harriman at 949-824-9055 or pharrima@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary.

HIGHLIGHTS:

May 23
8:30 a.m.: 
Welcome and opening remarks by Gregory Washington, dean of UCI’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Noon:  Keynote address by Patrick Barnard, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Coast & Marine Science Center

May 24
4:20 p.m.: Closing plenary, featuring Steve Moore, vice chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board

BACKGROUND:  Since 2003, the H2O Conference has convened 10 times in different locations throughout Southern California to promote integration across disciplines, sectors, organizations and institutions around common interests related to water, oceans, coast environments, ecological resilience and terrestrial interfaces with marine systems. Through dynamic panels, presentations and working groups, attendees will identify new challenges and advance solutions-oriented thinking about these topical areas.

The two-day event is presented by the UCI OCEANS, Water UCI and UCI Sustainability initiatives in partnership with the California Shore & Beach Preservation Association, the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.

For more information, see http://oceans.uci.edu/headwaters-ocean-h2o-conference. For the full program schedule, go to http://oceans.uci.edu/headwaters-ocean-h2o-conference/event-schedule.

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