Join us in person and online for Marine Science Day 2022!
Registration will open February 1st, 2022.
Missed Marine Science Day 2021? You can still view all of the recorded sessions. You can also check out the creative entries we received for the 2021 Marine Life Costume Contest and the beautiful artwork submitted for the Art Contest!
This free, family-friendly, event has something for everyone, including activities and demonstrations for kids, science talks, seafood cooking demonstrations, lab tours, exhibits, and lots of opportunities to interact with our scientists! With events and activities taking place on our campus in Gloucester Point, VA and online, you can join us from anywhere!
As one of the largest marine research and education centers in the United States, and a global leader in coastal and estuarine science, VIMS focuses on the challenges faced by coastal communities around the world. During Marine Science Day, you'll learn how our scientists are searching for answers to questions of global concern, such as ocean acidification and plastic pollution, and solving real-world problems with innovative solutions.
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PAST: Schedule of Events for Marine Science Day 2021
10:00-10:10 AM (EDT)
Welcome to VIMS Marine Science Day
10:15-10:40 AM (EDT)
An Intro to Scientific Illustration with Val Kells, Scientific Illustrator
Disease in Striped Bass: Understanding Mycobacteriosis
10:45-11:10 AM (EDT)
Gyotaku: The Art of Fish Printing
Microplastics and our Environment
11:15-11:40 AM (EDT)
All Drains Lead to the Ocean: A Watershed Demonstration
Fish On! VIMS Research Informs Recreational Fisheries
11:45 AM-12:10 PM (EDT)
Cooking Demonstration: Golden Tilefish Fish Tacos
Marine Life Drawing Lesson for Beginners
12:15-12:40 PM (EDT)
Careers in Marine Science
The Science of Offshore Wind
12:45-1:10 PM (EDT)
Beach Seining Adventure
Ocean Acidification and Oysters
1:15-1:40 PM (EDT)
Inside William & Mary's School of Marine Science at VIMS
1:45-2:10 PM (EDT)
Tour of the R/V Virginia
Coastal Resilience: Forecasting Tidal Flooding and Storm Surge
2:15-2:40 PM (EDT)
Coastal Resilience: Helping Communities Adapt to Rising Waters
Innovative Solutions for Pollutant Detection
2:40-3:00 PM (EDT)
Art and Costume Contest Awards Ceremony
Marine Life Costume Contest
This contest is open to all ages, and individual, family/group, and pet costumes are welcome!
Awards are given for:
Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Marine Life Costume Contest.
Marine Science Day Art Contest
Join us as we explore the beauty of the marine environment through art. The Marine Science Day Art Contest is open to amateur artists of all ages and from every area of the globe. Art for this contest is limited to two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, etc.; please, no photographs). All artwork must be original.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place is awarded in each of the following categories:
Grand Prize: One 1st place winner from the categories above will be selected as the Grand Prize winner.
Stay tuned for more information about the 2022 Art Contest.
Marine Science Day 2021 was made possible by the generous support of: