SEANET All Hands Meeting Recap

Maddy Jackson

On May 23, SEANET project members, industry collaborators, researchers, and students gathered at the annual All Hands Meeting for the final time as Year 5 of the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant project comes to a close. For the first time since the beginning of the five year project, the general public was also invited to attend.

All Hands attendees heard from NSF National EPSCoR Program Officer Dr. Ann Stapleton on the importance of grant programs like these and

Dr. Anne Stapleton of NSF EPSCoR was the morning keynote.

how the researchers in the room could further their funding after EPSCoR’s SEANET finalizes its last year. Stapleton reinforced NSF EPSCoR’s mission to enhance research competitiveness by strengthening STEM capacity and capability.

“We can’t do it without a diverse population … We need those diverse perspectives to make science stronger,” Stapleton said about supporting and enhancing STEM diversity.

Robert Jones with The Nature Conservancy also spoke as one of this year’s All Hands keynote speakers. The Nature Conservancy is the world’s largest conservation organization and just recently formed an aquaculture conservancy sector for their large project. Jones is the global lead for the aquaculture division of The Nature Conservancy’s efforts. He works across the world to connect environment conservation with the production of aquaculture in order to support the organization’s goal of “providing food and water sustainability,” by focusing on both economically and ecologically beneficial practices.

Poster Presentation winners: Tyler Van Kirk, Andrew Goode, Kate Liberti, and Gretchen Grebe.

In another first for the annual All Hands Meeting, students with exceptional poster presentations received monetary awards — two awards for outstanding posters and two awards for outstanding use of SES framework. The 2019 SEANET All Hands Poster Presentation winners were SEANET members Andrew Goode, Tyler Van Kirk, Kate Liberti, and Gretchen Grebe.

EPSCoR Outreach Coordinator Laurie Bragg and guest stakeholder from the UMaine Cooperative Extension and 4-H, Carla Scocchi, also spoke on the national recognition that the annual Summer of Science program has received for their efforts to bring hands-on and fun STEM engagement to Maine students in summer camps across the state.

The last All Hands Meeting was concluded by Director of Maine EPSCoR, Dr. Shane Moeykens, who thanked project members, stakeholders, researchers, industry partners, and the public for supporting as successful a project as NSF EPSCoR’s SEANET.


Click here to watch videos from the days events including the keynote lectures.

To see more photos from the 2019 All Hands meeting view our Facebook Album.