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The North Carolina Coastal Conference Returns to the Coast

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Sunset over the Harbor in Oriental, NC.


Dan DiNicola,

The North Carolina Coastal Conference returns to the coast on November 13 and 14 at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern. Register here

“We’re looking forward to gathering researchers, agency and business experts, community leaders, teachers, and students who are interested in coastal topics,” says Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant. 

North Carolina Sea Grant hosts the biennial conference with several partners, providing a vital platform for advancing the well-being of our state’s coastal regions. The 2024 conference will again feature a wide array of presentations that address pressing issues for our state’s coastal communities and ecosystems – as well as a special “Shape of the Coast” legal learning opportunity on the opening day. 

Although “Shape of the Coast” is designed for lawyers and other legal professionals, it will be open to anyone attending on Day 1. The full agenda is to be determined.

“We are so excited to bring the Coastal Conference back to the coast this year,” says John Fear, North Carolina Sea Grant’s deputy director. “We anticipate strong engagement across all our university campuses – and beyond.” 

Discussions will span from scientific research and STEM outreach to interdisciplinary approaches that bridge the arts, education, and humanities. Students, college and university educators, K-12 teachers, practitioners, and community members can submit presentation proposals for consideration. 

Presenters can choose from the styles below or suggest their own types of session:

  • Oral Presentation
  • Full Session or Panel Discussion
  • Poster Presentation
  • Lightning Talk

Brief presentation descriptions are due on May 20 through the eSeaGrant submission portal

Learn more about how to submit a presentation

Learn how to become a sponsor.

More about the 2024 North Carolina Coastal Conference.

Check for updates on social media, too: #NCCoastConf.

lead image: sunset over the Harbor in Oriental, NC.