Great Lakes Calendar

The Great Lakes Calendar features events from around the region that may be of interest to Great Lakes stakeholders, with a focus on professional conferences and events relevant to research, science, policy, and education. If you have an event you would like to publicize, please submit it below!

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May 2020

River Health Past, Present, Future

May 27 - May 28
Cornwall, ON

For the past 27 years, the River Institute has hosted an annual Symposium to bring together researchers and stakeholders to explore issues and challenges facing large rivers and their watersheds. This sharing of knowledge is powerful as it leads to a better understanding of fresh water resources and ecosystems, as well as the development of strategies for renewal and protection.

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June 2020

IAGLR’s 63rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research

June 8 - June 12
Winnepeg, MB

Scientists from across the globe will gather in the heart of North America in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for IAGLR's 63rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research. Hosted by IISD Experimental Lakes Area, the conference will feature four days of scientific sessions, speakers, and discussions centered around the theme 2020: Focusing on the Future.

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WEDA Dredging Summit and Expo 2020

June 9 - June 12
Houston, TX

The Dredging Summit & Expo ’20 is a technical conference organized by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction.

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Sailing Programs Aboard NIAGARA – Exploring the Great Lakes

June 10 - June 23
Erie, PA

A Tall-Ship Summer Adventure! This program is for ages 14 to 18, beginning and ending in Erie, PA, and including a voyage to Put-In-Bay, OH. Curriculum will focus on the fundamentals of square-rig seamanship and developing the skills and personal qualities to meet the challenges of life onboard a ship.

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Water Leaders Summit 2020

June 24 - June 25
Milwaukee, WI

The Water Council’s Water Leaders Summit is an annual water industry conference that brings together water business leaders, governmental entities, academics, entrepreneurs and futurists from around the world for curated conversations about vital current global water challenges and the future of water innovation.

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July 2020

Thunder Bay Maritime Festival

July 4
Alpena, MI

Bring the whole family to this free annual community event hosted by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Enjoy live music on the main stage, kids games and crafts, taste some local whitefish, explore the shipwreck century exhibits and more!

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August 2020

Sailing Programs Aboard NIAGARA – Environmental Science Field School

August 5 - August 20
Erie, PA

The U.S. Brig Niagara's ninth Environmental Science Field School is a multi-disciplinary experience incorporating marine sciences, underwater archaeology, and square-rig seamanship, and in past years has contributed leading-edge research on micro-bead pollution in the Great Lakes.

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September 2020

2020 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

September 15 - September 17
Erie, PA,

Please join us this fall for the 2020 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting, to be held September 15-17 on beautiful Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania! 

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June 2021

Great Lakes Fishery Commission Annual Meeting

June 2, 2021 - June 3, 2021
Traverse City, MI

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold a public Annual Meeting June 2-3, 2021, in Traverse City, Michigan.  At this meeting, the public can learn about and discuss developments in the Great Lakes fishery. Commissioners and the U.S. and Canadian Committees of Advisors will hold meetings here as well.

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