The Ocean Observatories Initiative Facilities Board (OOIFB) will host a Town Hall during the 2020 Fall AGU Meeting.  The Town Hall is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am EST.  The community will have the opportunity to hear the latest information about the OOI facility, meet the OOIFB members, and learn about research using OOI data.   The new OOI Data Explorer tool will be demonstrated, the exciting activities of OOI education programs will be featured, and early career scientist activities will be highlighted.

The Town Hall is aimed at researchers who are now using or are considering using OOI data, researchers interested in adding instrumentation to the OOI infrastructure, and educators at all levels interested in the OOI.  

Important Note: All Town Hall participants must be registered for the 2020 Fall AGU meeting. Please see the note below regarding the registration reimbursement opportunity for student and early career scientist lightning talk presenters.

Date and Time: Tuesday, 8 December 2020: 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

Location:  Virtual!

Town Hall Agenda: The latest version of the OOIFB Town Hall agenda is available HERE:

1000Welcome, Introductions, Activity Update – Kendra Daly (USF), OOIFB Chair
1005Updates from the National Science Foundation – Lisa Clough (NSF)
1015Updates from the OOI Operator – John Trowbridge (WHOI)
1020OOI Date Explorer Demo – Brian Stone (Axiom)
1025OOI Education Data Labs Report – Janice McDonnell (Rutgers U)
1030OOI Activities initiatives by Early Career Scientists – Sophie Clayton

1035Lightning Talk Presentations (see list below)
1055 – Questions, Answers, and Discussion
1100 – End of Town Hall

Lightning Talk Presenters

Call for Lightning Talks – The Town Hall will include a series of lightning presentations where scientists are invited to present one slide in one minute explaining how they have used (or plan to use) freely available observatory data in their respective research. In this Town Hall, we will expand beyond OOI and encourage users of other observatories to also share their experiences in applying observatory data in their respective research. We hope you will consider presenting a slide in the lightning session.

Time during the Town Hall is limited and we expect to be able to schedule about ten lightning talks during the Town Hall (WE ARE NOW AT FULL CAPACITY).  However, we are excited to announce that all submitted lightning talks will have the opportunity to be presented during the Fall AGU meeting!  The OOIFB has teamed with the OOI booth exhibitors to offer a time slot on Wednesday, December 9th at 6pm EST to highlight the lightning talks.  

Sign-up now to present a lightning talk – If you are using observatory data (OOI, NCAR, NEON, etc.) and wish to present a lightning talk during the Town Hall, please sign up HERE by November 22nd. Important Note: All lightning talk slots for the OOIFB Town Hall have been filled. However, we still welcome lightning talks for the OOI Exhibit Booth on Wednesday, Dec 9th at 6:00 pm EST.

AGU Registration Fee Reimbursement Opportunity – Funding is available to offset the registration fees for students and early career scientists (ECS) from US institutions who are presenting a lightning talk .  Funding is limited, and the first 20 student/ECS applications will be considered for reimbursement.  The Lightning Talk application form includes space for requesting AGU registration reimbursement.