Dean Mead Sponsors Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2015 and Love Your Lagoon Gala

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2015 and Love Your Lagoon Gala

February 5-6, 2015

2015 HONOREE – Mr. Mark D. Perry

Dean Mead to Sponsor the Love Your Lagoon Gala & Dinner

Friday, February 6, 2015
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

HBOI – Florida Atlantic University, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946

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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) Foundation is hosting a dinner event with the theme “Love Your Lagoon” on the day after the Indian River Lagoon Symposium.

This fourth annual fundraising event will be held outdoors at the Johnson Education Center along the Harbor Branch channel with cocktails, dinner and music under the stars.

Monies raised will support current research on the Indian River Lagoon at HBOI. HBOI Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission supports Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute of Florida Atlantic University.

Tickets start at $175 per person. Cocktail Attire.

​Sponsorships are available and cover both the Indian River Lagoon Symposium and the Love Your Lagoon dinner.
Learn more about Sponsorships now.

​Sponsors receive recognition on HBOIF’s website, the Lagoon Symposium website and are listed as a sponsor in the invitation, advertising and other promotional collateral.

​For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI), email or call 772-466-9876 ext 200.


The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Symposium is the result of a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL science and its application to management of the lagoon. The symposium is open to scientists, decision makers, students, education and outreach professionals, and the interested public. The intent is to help facilitate better communication among these groups so that the gaps between research and its application can be narrowed.

​The theme for the 2015 symposium is Indian River Lagoon: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities. Oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL are encouraged. Although this meeting is open to anyone interested in sharing their knowledge, activities and ideas, contributions by university students and early-career professionals are encouraged. Technical sessions will be held on February 5, followed by a poster session (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.).

​The public is also invited to attend a public forum on Friday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. In the 2013 Forum on Lagoon Health and the 2014 forum with the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, there was a strong consensus that local communities need to come together and apply scientific approaches to address Lagoon issues. This year, our public forum, will focus on Citizen Science – how the public can participate in scientific research on the Indian River Lagoon.

​Goals of the Symposium

• Provide a forum to disseminate current knowledge of the IRL and its management

• Foster collaborations and discussions among scientists, students, education and outreach professionals, and decision makers

• Promote participation of university students and new scientists, including interactions with and mentoring by senior scientists

• Inform policy related to management of the IRL

• Increase public awareness of the IRL and its ecological and economic importance

​Potential Participants: Scientists and students from universities, agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. (as inclusively as possible) conducting or applying science in the IRL or those interested in these topics are encouraged to attend. We particularly want to involve students, early career scientists and managers. In addition to being welcome to register and attend the whole symposium, the public is invited to attend the poster session on February 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and the forum on February 6, at no cost.

​​For more information on the Indian River Lagoon Symposium please visit

Alma Lee Loy, 2014 Love Your Lagoon Honoree!

Bud Adams, 2013 Love Your Lagoon Honoree!

Nathaniel Reed, 2012 Love Your Lagoon Honoree!