Elisabeth Mann Borgese
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.
2020 EMB OCEAN LECTURE
Due to Covid-19, this year's EMB Lecture is currently on hold.
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PREVIOUS EVENTS IN THIS SERIES:
2019: The "Blue Revolution": Challenges and Opportunities -
VIDEO RECORDING available here
(courtesy of Nexus
Media) and livestreamed via the IOI-Canada Facebook page.
Keynote Speaker: Renee Sauve, Acting Director General, External Relations Directorate, Fisheries and Oceans Canada,
with panel responses from: Dr Ratana Chuenpagdee, Director, Too Big to Ignore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada; Dr Susanna Fuller, Senior Project Manager, Oceans North and
Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada; Sigrid Kuehnemund, Vice President,
Ocean Conservation, WWF-Canada; moderated by: Dr Sean Brillant, Manager
of Marine Conservation, Canadian Wildlife Federation and
Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada.
2018: panel discussion on
Peace and Equity in Ocean Governance - Possibility or Pipe Dream?
Vice-Admiral (ret'd) Glenn V. Davidson,
former Ambassador of Canada to Syria and Afghanistan, Dr
Susanna Fuller, High Seas Alliance and Senior Research
Fellow, IOI-Canada, Hugh Williamson, Adjunct
Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University, and Senior
Research Fellow, IOI-Canada, and Moderator: Dr Wendy Watson
Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Frontier Institute. This was one of the
2018 anniversary events -- see: EMB
@ 100: Marking the Centenary -- and the
reception following the panel provided the first opportunity to view
the EMB centenary exhibit.
2017: panel discussion on Marine
Protected Areas - For Whom? incuding live
streaming from New York, where the first UN Oceans
Conference was taking place. The panel at Dalhousie consisted of: Moderator:
Sean Brillant, Manager – Marine Programmes, Canadian Wildlife
Federation; Maxine Westhead,
Section Head, Protected Areas and Conservation Planning, Oceans and
Management Division, Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Ken
Paul, Director of Fisheries, Atlantic Policy Congress of
First Nations Chiefs Secretariat; Paul Barnes,
Director – Atlantic Canada & Arctic, Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers; Veronika Brzeski, Executive
Director, Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association.
At the New York end, live updates
provided by: Ratana Chuenpagdee, Professor,
Department of Geography, Memorial University of
Newfoundland; Susanna Fuller, Marine Conservation
Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre<Kevin Stringer,
Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
2016: panel discussion on CLIMATE CHANGE IN
NOVA SCOTIA: ARE WE READY? with Richard
meteorologist, radio host and author; Blair Greenan,
Research Scientist & Head, Oceanography and Climate Section,
of Fisheries & Oceans (click here
to download presentation); Shannon Miedema,
Manager, Energy & Environment, Halifax Regional Municipality
to download presentation);Tim Webster, Research
Scientist, Applied Geomatics Research Group, Nova Scotia Community
College; and, Georgia Klein, Lecturer, College of
Sustainability, Dalhousie University.
2015: panel discussion on
THE OCEAN AND YOU: WHY DOES IT MATTER? featuring: Douglas
(Chair), Scientific Director, Marine Environmental
Observation Prediction & Response Network; Kumiko
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.
2014: Dr Susan D. Shaw,
President& Founder, Marine Environmental Research Institute,
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,
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
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
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
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
comments can be downloaded.
2007: Dr Kathleen Conlan, Research
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada, lecturing on Under
the Polar Ice:
Diversity, Disturbance and Climate Change
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.