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2018 Annual Conference

  • 02 Nov 2018
  • 3:30 PM (UTC-05:00)
  • 04 Nov 2018
  • 4:30 PM (UTC-05:00)
  • Sapelo Island, Georgia


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

GAME 2018 Annual Conference

The Collaborative Nature of Science

November 2-4, 2018

Sapelo Island, Georgia


With all the pressures being placed on modern scientific work, both financially and politically, it is more important than ever to collaborate to achieve good sound science.  There is perhaps no finer example of how this collaborative process works than Sapelo Island.  With more than eleven agencies and universities and more than 120 active research projects, Sapelo is the model of modern day collaborative Science. This conference will feature speakers and field experiences that discuss and demonstrate why this collaboration is so important for science.

Conference Agenda


3:30 pm                        First ferry departure option for participants (Sapelo Island Visitor Center)

4:00 pm                       Dorm move-in for 3:30pm ferry guests (UGAMI dorms)          

4:45-5:30 pm               UGAMI campus and history tour (Optional activity, UGAMI campus) 

5:30 pm                      Last ferry departure option for participants (Sapelo Island Visitor Center)    

6:00 pm                      Dorm move-in for 5:30pm ferry guests (UGAMI dorms)

5:30-6:30 pm               Conference check-in and mingle (UGAMI powerhouse building)

6:30-7:15 pm               Dinner (UGAMI powerhouse building)

7:15-8:30 pm               Science Café featuring Dr. Gannon (Reynold’s historical movie theater)

8:45-10 pm                  Movie night (Optional activity, Reynold’s historical movie theater)  


7:15 – 8:00 am            Breakfast (UGAMI powerhouse building)                

8:00 – 8:15 am            Conference welcome (UGAMI powerhouse building)                     

8:15-10:00 am             Concurrent sessions (UGAMI classroom and Reynold’s movie theater)         

10:15-11:45 am           Plenary panel (Reynold’s movie theater)

12:00–7:00 pm            Silent auction is open (UGAMI powerhouse building)         

12:00 – 1:00 pm          Lunch and GAME membership meeting (UGAMI powerhouse building)

1:30–4:30 pm              Outdoor field experiences – Three options available (see below)

5:30-6:15 pm               Happy Hour (UGAMI powerhouse)

6:15-7:00 pm             Low Country Boil (UGAMI powerhouse)

7:00 pm                       Silent Auction Ends (UGAMI powerhouse) 

7:00 pm                       Live Auction begins (UGAMI powerhouse)                                     

8:15 pm - ?                  Tour the lighthouse and beach bonfire (Optional, Meet at UGAMI powerhouse)


6:45-8:00 am               Breakfast (UGAMI powerhouse)

7:15-8:00 am               Transportation to ferry dock if leaving on 8:30am ferry (UGAMI dorms)

8:30 am                       First ferry return option (Sapelo Island ferry dock)

8:30am-11:45 am        Sapelo Island kayak trip (Optional, UGAMI dorms)

9:00am – 11:45am      Trawling trip and south end tour (Optional, UGAMI dorms)

All morning-11:45am Free time to explore Sapelo Island (Optional, bikes are available for use)

12:00-2:00pm              Lunch and mansion tour (R.J. Reynolds mansion)

2:30pm                        Dorm move-out

2:45-3:30pm                Transportation to ferry dock if leaving on 4:00pm ferry (UGAMI dorms)

4:00pm                        Last ferry return option (Sapelo Island ferry dock)

4:30pm                        Arrive back on mainland (Sapelo Island Visitor Center)

Registration Early Bird ends October 15, 2018

FULL Registration: $125 ($85 for student and seasonal educator)

Includes:  One year of GAME membership, ferry ticket, 2018 GAME conference favor, Friday Science Cafe, all Saturday sessions, snacks, lunch, silent and live auction admission, Low Country Boil dinner, Sunday’s breakfast and Sunday’s lunch and mansion tour

After the October 15st deadline cost is $140 per person, excluding students and seasonal educators


Saturday’s Outdoor Field Excursion Options (included with registration)

  • 1.      Water Quality Demo and South End Tour – Join the Satilla Riverkeeper, Laura Early, as she discusses how her organization is and how you can be a part of water quality data input. Be a part of a water quality demonstration and discussion down at the river on UGAMI’s property. Learn how your organization can become involved in supporting water quality in your backyard. After a water quality demonstration, tour the south end of Sapelo. This tour will include visiting the beach and Hog Hammock.
  • 2.      Sapelo Island History and North End Tour – Join Buddy Sullivan as he discusses both past and present history on Sapelo. You will travel to the north end of Sapelo to visit Sapelo’s Native American shell ring and burial mound.  This Guale Indian site may be the very first documented settlement in the United States.  We will also explore one of the largest collections of tabby ruins in Georgia at the Chocolate Plantation Ruins.  During this tour we will also discuss Sapelo’s incredible diversity of plant and animal species and how they have influenced our modern civilization.
  • 3.      LTER and South End Trip - The south end of Sapelo Island houses the University of Georgia Marine Institute.  This is the birthplace of modern Ecology and where scientific titans such as Dr. Eugene Odum and Dr. John Teal conducted their historical research.  Participants will learn about the Georgia Coastal Ecosystems Long-term Ecological Research program from Venetia Butler and learn about the current research being conducted on the island. After this research discussion and tour, there will be a visit to the beach and Hog Hammock. 

Sunday Morning’s Optional Field Trips (additional cost)

  • 1.      Trawling on UGAMI’s Spartina boat: $25/person - Come join us on the Spartina boat where GAME members will watch and learn about the biodiversity brought up with a trawl net. Biologists on board will educate on the biodiversity caught and members will enjoy touching and learning about the organisms found in our coastal waters.
  • 2.      Sapelo Island Kayaking Trip: $35/person – Join us on a kayak tour through the tidal creeks of Sapelo. There will be tandem kayaks available and a guide from Sapelo to educate about the plants and animals in the area.

Lodging (required)

The lodging that is available for the conference are the UGAMI dorms. We will be using Barrier Island Research Lab (BIRL) and the Apartments, and here is a link to more information about them:

The price per night is $35, so for the entire conference the total lodging fee will be $70. This is in addition to your conference registration fee. All the dorms are shared rooms, with some holding two visitors and some holding three. When completing registration, please make sure to identify any other participants you are requesting to room with. Requests will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Therefore, to ensure you are sharing a room with someone you are requesting, make sure to send your registration in early.


The 2018 Georgia Association of Marine Education (GAME) Conference will take place at the University of Georgia Marine Institute (UGAMI) on Sapelo Island. Home to the father of ecology, Dr. Odum, Sapelo has been a site rich in history, research, and study for its many visitors. Come enjoy a truly unique conference experience as we discuss the many ways in which science, history, and education all collaborate to provide a richer understanding of our world.



We invite people to submit proposals for our concurrent sessions Saturday morning of our conference. They can be a presentation, hands-on session, or an outdoor/field session related to the collaborative nature of science. Please submit proposals by October 10th, as presenters will be notified by October 15th. Here is the proposal form:

2018 Call for Proposals.docx


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