This year’s IAGLR Conference takes place in Hamilton, Ontario the last week of May, and several IISG staffers will join scientists, environmentalists, and government representatives to discuss issues facing the Great Lakes. Spread across each day of the conference, their presentations will cover vital work on Sea Grant education initiatives, new tools that help officials protect aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes region, and more. 

Science writer Anjanette Riley will be presenting information about communication strategies currently in use for the Unwanted Meds program. From blogging to print publications to social media outreach and more, Anjanette’s presentation will explain and expand on the methods currently in use to share PPCP pollution information with the public. It will also provide a model that other groups and organizations can use to accomplish the same education and outreach goals regarding proper disposal of unwanted medication. 

Community outreach specialist Kristin TePas will be setting up a booth to provide information about the Center for Great Lakes Literacy, including brochures, curriculum examples, and additional materials related to Great Lakes-based education. She will also be presenting with Helen Domske from New York Sea Grant and educator Sandy Cunningham on bringing field research and science from the research vessel Lake Guardian into the classroom. 
Pollution prevention specialist Laura Kammin will be presenting about emerging toxins in the Great Lakes, including prescription medications and personal care products. The session will include information about education and outreach, funded research projects, and collaborations with other organizations to raise awareness of emerging contaminants. 
Associate director for research Tomas Hook was a part of several research projects that will be presented during next week’s conference, including work that looks into factors affecting fish growth and movement in various water bodies, understanding the impacts of environmental factors on young yellow perch, and seasonal changes to physical processes in Lake Michigan.
View the complete conference program here, and read more about each presentation on the abstracts page. You can also follow us on Twitter for live updates from some of the presentations throughout next week’s event.