WHOI to Host Bilingual Science Symposium

WOODS HOLE – A new free event later this month from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will aim to increase community access to ocean research.

The inaugural symposium “OCEANOS: WHOI en Español e Português” will make ocean science more accessible to people who are not native English speakers by reaching out to the Cape’s Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities.

The symposium will feature short presentations in both languages about marine research by students and scientists from WHOI and other science institutions in Woods Hole.

Event co-organizer Gabriela Farfan, a MIT-WHOI joint program student in marine chemistry, says there are many non-English-speakers in our region who many not be aware of the science research going on and that the symposium will help change that.

Farfan, who is from Chile, will present research on the impacts of climate change on coral reefs.

Keynote speakers are Brazilian Drs. Marcia Macedo and Paulo Brando, ecosystem ecologists from the Woods Hole Research Center.

They will discuss the connections between oceans, climate, and the health of Amazon forests and rivers.

The symposium is Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m. on WHOI’s Quissett Campus. For more information visit whoi.edu.

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