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Past Events

JETZON Monthly Open Call: Exposing Inequities in Deep-Sea Exploration and Research

March 7, 2023

Dr. Katy Croff Bell presented the results of the 2022 Global Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment at JETZON's May Open Call.

GSO Public Lecture Series: Women in Ocean Science

March 7, 2023

Dr. Katy Croff Bell joined Dr. Fenix Garcia Tigreros and Dr. Katherine Kelley in a panel discussion to share their perspectives on how the “leaky pipeline” of gender disparity in marine science can be fixed.

AtlantOS Ocean Hour: Democratizing Ocean Observations through low cost technologies & citizen science

January 30, 2023

Dr. Katy Croff Bell presented on Ocean Discovery League's work with low cost sensors in a panel discussion about democratizing ocean observation.

Ocean Exploration Day: Q&A with Don Walsh and Dawn Wright

January 23, 2023

Dr. Katy Croff Bell's recorded live Q+A with ocean explorers Don Walsh and Dawn Wright, where they discuss their expeditions to Challenger Deep.

NOAA Central Library: Preview of the Global Deep-Sea Capacity Results

June 22, 2022

Dr. Katy Croff Bell and Dr. Maud Quinzin, Capacity Assessment Project Manager presented the preliminary results of the 2022 Global Deep-Sea Capacity Assessment at the NOAA Central Library Series.

Slack for Good/Ocean Discovery League Partnership Launch

July 22, 2021

To launch the partnership with Ocean Discovery League, Slack hosted an employee Town Hall with Dr. Katy Croff Bell and other leading experts from National Geographic Society and Polynesian Voyaging Society to highlight the opportunities created by diversifying the voices driving climate action. Learn More

Dr. Katy Croff Bell Testifies Before Congress

June 5, 2019

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Dr. Katy Croff Bell testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology Subcommittee on Environment on the topic of Ocean Exploration: Diving to New Depths and Discoveries. Watch her full testimony below, and read or download her full official remarks here.

The Atlantic International Research Centre Summer Series

August 27, 2020

Dr. Katy Croff Bell, presented on Deep Sea Exploration: Past + Present + Future at the AIR Center. Deep sea exploration today is inefficient, elite, and expensive. As a result, we don’t fully understand how to wisely use and protect the ocean, so that we may thrive today and into the future.

2019 National Geographic Explorers Symposium

February 11, 2019

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, linguistic anthropologist Sandhya Narayanan, paleoanthropologist and stand-up comic Ella Al-Shamahi, oceanographer Katy Croff Bell, and carnivore ecologist Rae Wynn-Grant—amazing explorers who are pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge and inspiring the next generation—presented on "Expanding the Field of Exploration."

Previous Events

From 2017 to 2021, the Open Ocean Initiative at the MIT Media Lab hosted several gatherings and pursued multiple project initiatives. In 2021, Open Ocean spun off to become Ocean Discovery League to continue this work.

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In February 2018, we convened 200 explorers, innovators, artists, scientists, and storytellers in collaboration with NGS at an event called Here be Dragons. Our goal was to identify the uncharted territories that still exist in ocean exploration and storytelling.


All Hands on Deck, held at the MIT Media Lab, was the 2018 National Ocean Exploration Forum. Its goal was to imagine creative new ways to make the ocean so pervasive in modern culture that everyone has a positive association with the sea.

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The Open Ocean Seminar Series was a curated speaker series focusing on new technologies and capacity building approaches for deep sea exploration. Seminars were held biweekly in the spring of 2019 and spring, summer, and fall of 2020.

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