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

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2013 and Love Your Lagoon Gala

February 6-8, 2013

Dean Mead to sponsor the Love Your Lagoon Gala & Dinner

Friday, February 8, 2013
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

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


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 second annual fundraising event will be held outdoors in the HBOI plaza with cocktails, music under the stars and a dinner that includes a variety of sustainable seafood, beef and locally sourced produce.

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 $125 per person. Cocktail Attire.

Sponsorships are still available. Sponsors receive recognition on HBOIFs website, the Lagoon Symposium website and listed as a sponsor in the invitation and other promotional collateral. Click here for more information.


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 2013 symposium is “Health of the Lagoon”, although 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 7 followed by a poster session (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.). A Forum on Lagoon Health, open to all, will be held on February 8 (9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon). The forum will consider past and current efforts to sustain the health of the Indian River Lagoon and focus on what scientists, resource managers, education and outreach professionals, and the public can do in the future.


  • 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