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Notice: "Oceans Beyond Earth" postponed

As we share in the horror and grief of the current events roiling our communities, WHOI is postponing the season finale of our Ocean Encounters series, “Oceans Beyond Earth.” Although the ocean is, and will remain, the focus of our research, we feel that now is not the time for this event and will work to reschedule it at a more appropriate time and to organize it in a more diverse and inclusive manner that better reflects the diversity of our nation.

Date: TBD

Oceans Beyond Earth: From Earth's deep ocean to the search for extraterrestrial life

Speakers: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrobiologist Kevin Hand, WHOI marine microbiologist Julie Huber, WHOI marine geoscientist Chris German, and special guest, comedian Eugene Mirman

Oceans Beyond Earth: From Earth's deep ocean to the search for extraterrestrial life

With NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory astrobiologist Kevin Hand, WHOI marine microbiologist Julie Huber, WHOI marine geoscientist Chris German, and special guest, comedian Eugene Mirman

Earth’s ocean is essential to life and may have even given rise to life on our planet billions of years ago. We now know that vast oceans of liquid water also exist beneath the icy shells of moons in our own solar system. These ocean worlds provide compelling targets in the search for extraterrestrial life, perhaps within the next human generation. Join us for a stimulating discussion of how the exploration of the depths of our ocean can help inform the search for life beyond Earth.

This event will also be broadcast live on WHOI’s YouTube Channel. Follow our channel and get notified when the event starts.

Kevin Hand, NASA
Kevin Hand, NASA
Julie Huber, WHOI
Julie Huber, WHOI
Chris German, WHOI
Chris German, WHOI
Eugene Mirman, Comedian
Eugene Mirman, Comedian

Past events

Wednesday, April 22, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

A Window into the Twilight Zone

Exploring the least known habitat on Earth

Filmmaker Jennifer Berglund and researchers from the expedition will be answering all your questions during the premiere via Youtube Chat.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

Exploring Inner and Outer Space

Speakers: NASA Astronaut Sunita Williams, Captain, U.S. Navy, (Ret.)
and Timothy Shank, Deep-Sea Scientist, WHOI
Emcee: Barbara Moran, Senior Producing Editor, WBUR Radio Environmental Vertical

Wednesday, May 6, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

The Science of Shipwrecks

Speakers: Ocean Explorer Robert Ballard and
WHOI Biologist Kirstin Meyer-Kaiser
Emcee: Barbara Moran, Senior Producing Editor, WBUR Radio Environmental Vertical

Wednesday, May 13, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

Sharks! New Insights into an Iconic Ocean Predator

Speakers: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Biologist
Greg Skomal and WHOI Ocean Ecologist Simon Thorrold
Emcee: Veronique LaCapra

Wednesday, May 20, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

Extreme Ocean Machines

Exploring impossible places

Guest Host: James Cameron, renowned ocean explorer and filmmaker
Panelists: Mark Dalio, Founder and Creative Director, OceanX; Orla Doherty, Producer of the BBC’s Blue Planet II; Andrew Bowen, Principal Engineer and Director of the National Deep Sea Submergence Facility, WHOI; Vincent Pieribone, Vice Chairman of OceanX and Director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, Yale University

Wednesday, May 27, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

The Future Ocean: What’s in store for our ocean planet and our ocean science?

Speakers: Fabien Cousteau, Aquanaut, Oceanographic Explorer, Environmental Advocate and Founder of the Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center and Mark Abbott, WHOI President and Director

Wednesday, June 3, 2020  |  7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EDT

Corals in Crisis

How scientists are racing to stop a deadly disease

Speakers: Marine biologist, ocean explorer, and conservationist Sylvia Earle, University of the Virgin Islands coral disease ecologist Marilyn Brandt, and WHOI marine microbial ecologist Amy Apprill.