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Education, community action added to symposium agenda

The symposium will be held Oct. 28-29

September 26, 2008

For the first time, the Mississippi-Alabama Bays and Bayous Symposium will include sessions about educating students and the public about marine sciences and highlighting innovative community efforts that benefit coastal ecosystems.

Registration is now open for the symposium, which will be held Oct. 28-29 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, Miss. Early registration ends Sept. 30; go to http://masgc.org/baysandbayous for more information.

At the symposium, about 25 speakers will discuss groups that make differences in their communities, education tools for teaching science-related topics and programs that increase coastal knowledge in children and adults.

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The symposium will provide a forum for the exchange of information among educators, community leaders, scientists, resource managers, community-based organizations and individuals.

The two-day event will include keynote speakers, networking opportunities and more than 150 oral and poster presentations. Attendees will learn about the most relevant and contemporary issues facing Mississippi and Alabama. Scientists will present their research findings in language everyone can understand.

In addition to coastal community action and stewardship and extension, outreach and education, topics at the event will include natural hazards resiliency and the ocean’s role in climate, supply and quality of water resources, living estuarine resources and habitat management and restoration.

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