Early Career Scientist Conference

Keynote speakers

A full programme of exciting keynote lectures will take place throughout the week.

​​​Shelley Denny



Director of Aquatic Research and Stewardship at the Unama’ki Institute of Natural Resource 

09:25 Monday 18 July

Preparing for the Future WITH Indigenous Peoples​

Over the past 30 years, there have been significant changes to the roles of Indigenous peoples in natural resource management in Canada and globally. While this shift is largely due to changes in legislation and support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), there is much to learn about history, reconciliation, Indigenous knowledge, and the rights of Indigenous peoples. By focusing on the Canadian legislation underpinning Aboriginal and Indigenous laws and Indigenous knowledge in the context of natural resources such as fishing and ocean governance will be highlighted.  Indigenous knowledge and western knowledge are often compared but few focus on how they can be used together. Examples will be explored as ways both knowledge systems can be used for the benefit of all through a Mi'kmaw concept referred to as Two-Eyed Seeing.

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​​Liisa Peramaki 


Director of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development at Fisheries and Oceans Canada

09:55 Monday 18 July 

Ensuring success under the Ocean Decade:
The Important Role of ECOPs

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021–2030) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for nations to work together globally to generate the science we need for the ocean we want.  The Ocean Decade aspires to transform the way that we generate, organize, communicate, disseminate, and use ocean science to support the sustainable development of our ocean.

​Canada is a proud supporter of the Ocean Decade.  Fisheries and Oceans Canada is convening the Canadian ocean science community to launch new partnerships and to mobilize action.  

This presentation will provide an overview of the Ocean Decade and the important role for Early Career Ocean Professionals in achieving its objectives.

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Enrique Curchitser


Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers Universityand Chair of PICES Governing Council

09:00 Tuesday 19 July 

In this talk, Curchitser reflects on the path that brought him to this point. By describing the highs and the lows of his career, he will attempt to connect to the theme of this meeting: Ocean Sciences for the Future We Want. Curchitser will describe the evolution of his research starting with his graduate student days working on idealized computational problems to his present-day lab at Rutgers University where coupled bio-physical systems, tropical cyclones and more are modelled. Curchitser will share thoughts on future research possibilities and the themes that are still thrilling to him. He will also discuss how the field can evolve to become more diverse and equitable—themes important to this meeting.  Finally, Curchitser will talk about strategies for success in an academic research career and the opportunities afforded by participating in, and contributing to, scientific organizations.

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Paul Snelgrove



Departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

09:00 Wednesday 20 July ​

Sustaining Marine Biodiversity on a Complex Ocean Planet: A Decade of Opportunity

Noting increasing societal needs and impacts of human activities on ocean life, conserving the diverse biota that drive Earth's largest ecosystem and life support system creates one of the great scientific and societal challenges of our time.  We must consider daunting spatial and temporal scales, and the many dynamic and complex oceanographic processes and societal pressures, including climate change, that influence marine ecosystems and their functioning. These challenges require new types of tools, collaborations, and communication pathways to bring together the many facets of marine research that influence ocean policy.

In this presentation, Snelgrove will focus on research needs to inform conservation strategies, with a particular emphasis on how new tools to evaluate population and ecosystem connectivity and functional roles could help to shape sustainable ocean use planning. 

The Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for new collaborative ocean science for impact. As a generation of scientists that embraces communication and new technologies, early career researchers can and should be at the forefront of this effort as they emerge as the leaders of tomorrow.

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