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Elisabeth Mann Borgese
Ocean Lecture

The Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture Series commemorates and celebrates the life and work of Elisabeth Mann Borgese, founder of the International Ocean Institute. Launched in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the IOI Training Programme in Halifax, it aims to encourage the debate on oceans issues which was so dear to Elisabeth, by inviting internationally renowned speakers to discuss important and timely ocean-related topics. Through this lecture series, we hope to generate awareness among stakeholders, academics, students and the general public about important ocean issues.

The 2016 ELISABETH MANN BORGESE OCEAN LECTURE is scheduled for 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 8th June (World Oceans Day) with a interdisciplinary panel on the implications of climate change in Nova Scotia.  Chaired by meteorologist, radio host and author RICHARD ZURAWSKI, the panel will feature BLAIR GREENAN (Bedford Institute of Oceanography), GEORGIA KLEIN (Dalhousie University), TIM WEBSTER, (Nova Scotia Community College) and SHANNON MIEDEMA (Halifax Regional Municipality). A reception will follow this public lecture. Details of venue to be announced.

Previous events in this series: 

2015 EMB Lecture

The 11th annual EMB Lecture was held on 8th June 2015 at the Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street. In partnership with the museum and the Ecology Action Centre, IOI presented a panel discussion on THE OCEAN AND YOU: WHY DOES IT MATTER? featuring:

  • DOUGLAS WALLACE (Chair), Scientific Director, Marine Environmental Observation Prediction & Response Network;
  • KUMIKO AZETSU-SCOTT, Research Scientist, Oceanography & Climate Section, Department of Fisheries & Oceans;
  • HEATHER KELDAY, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Sea School,
  • BUD STREETER, President, Lloyd's Register Canada Ltd; and,
  • BORIS WORM, Professor, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University.

The panel presentations raised a range of ocean-related issues and were followed by a lively discussion period with questions and comments from the audience. The evening was rounded off with a reception and private viewing of museum exhibits, including the Marine Gallery and an ocean-themed show of NOAA's Science on a Sphere.

  • 2014: Dr Susan D. Shaw, President & Founder, Marine Environmental Research Institute, Blue Hill, Maine and Professor, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany. Dr Shaw spoke on Reckless Endangerment: The Gulf Oil Spill Revisited -- And Why Canada Should Pay Attention. For a copy of her speech, please e-mail IOI-Canada.

  • 2013: Nikolaus Gelpke, President of the Ocean Science Research Foundation, Vice-President of IOI, founder & Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning mare, publisher of mareverlag, and Managing Director of maribus gGmbH. A video of his lecture on Communicating the Oceans is available by e-mailing IOI-Canada.

  • 2012: In the run-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, a panel session on Blue Planet under Threat: Challenges and Opportunities at RIO+20 featured Dr Awni Behnam, President, International Ocean Institute, Dr Susanna Fuller, Marine Conservation Co-ordinator, Ecology Action Centre, Ms Megan Leslie, MP for Halifax, Deputy Leader and Environment Critic, NDP, and Hon. David MacDonald, Commons Group, and was chaired by Dr Larry Hildebrand (Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada). Dr Hildebrand's introductory presentation (990 KB) can be downloaded, and an MP4 video (3.4 GB) of the event is available upon request, by e-mailing IOI-Canada.

  • 2011: CBC's Paul Kennedy hosted Arts and the Sea: a Celebration, a multimedia evening of ocean-focused conversation, music, literature, painting and photography.  He was joined by Dusan Kadlec (painter), Kathy Mac (poet), Scott Macmillan (composer) with Jennyfer Brickenden (librettist), and Donna Morrissey (author), with images on display by Damian Lidgard (photographer). 

  • 2010: Dr Susan Lieberman, Director, International Policy, the Pew Environment Group, Washington, USA, lecturing on Science versus Politics: Tales from CITES. For the full written text of her lecture, click here. To listen to the evening's proceedings, with welcome from Mr Michael Butler, introductory remarks by Dr Gilbert Winham, the keynote address itself, and a questions session moderated by Dr Ratana Chuenpagdee, please contact IOI-Canada for the 84.5 MB mp3 file.

  • 2009: Dr Rob Huebert, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary and Associate Director of its Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, Calgary, Canada, lecturing on Canada and the Circumpolar World: The Coming Blizzard. A full abstract is available here.

  • 2008: Dr Elliott Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, Bellevue, Washington, USA, lecturing on Oceans of Hope: Encouraging Signs in Marine Conservation. A 13.1 MB pdf version of the presentation is available upon request, and the text of Dr Tony Charles's introductory comments can be downloaded.

  • 2007: Dr Kathleen Conlan, Research Scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, lecturing on Under the Polar Ice: Diversity, Disturbance and Climate Change

  • 2006: Professor Ted McDorman, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada lecturing on Salt Water Neighbours: Canada-U.S. Ocean Relations (and Denmark Too!)

  • 2005: Dr Andrew A. Rosenberg, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and Professor, Natural Resources Policy and Management, University of New Hampshire, USA lecturing on Ecosystem-based Management of Ocean and Coastal Resources: Can We Get There from Here?  Introductory comments to this inaugural lecture of the series, delivered by the President of IOI, Dr Awni Behnam, can be downloaded here.

Last updated: 22nd April 2016