Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium

10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Event will take place over Zoom

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Event Fee:
$10 for non-Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partners
Free for Chesapeake Oyster Alliance partners

The Chesapeake Oyster Alliance with support from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation invites oyster practitioners of all types—early career professionals, graduate students, researchers, restoration experts, growers and watermen—to convene and explore emerging science and innovative approaches to advance the oyster population of Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Oyster Science Symposium unites the fields of oyster restoration, aquaculture, and science to explore the potential for accelerating and maximizing the ecological and economic gains obtainable in each area.

We are assembling an all-star lineup of oyster experts, post-docs, faculty, and industry practitioners for our second Symposium. Multiple panel discussions featuring more than 20 speakers are intended to offer succinct presentations and ample Q&A around each topic. The Symposium will also feature a round of lightning-talks by young scientists and early career professionals (attendees may self-select to present when they register) and frequent breaks to combat the dreaded “Zoom fatigue.”

The Symposium will be focused on emerging science and innovative approaches to advance the oyster population of Chesapeake Bay, but we welcome attendees from all locations (e.g., the East, Gulf, and West Coasts—and even other countries as we had last year).

Topics to include:

  • Emerging Technology and Techniques in Aquaculture and Restoration
  • Optimizing Oyster Restoration Success
  • Ecosystem Services of Oyster Reefs
  • Gaps and Future Needs in Oyster Research
  • Co-locating Oyster Reefs with Other Species and Restoration Efforts
  • Planning for the Future of Oyster Restoration, Aquaculture, and Science
  • Ecological Benefits of Oyster Farms
  • Lightning Round of Current Graduate Studies in Oysters
  • And more!

Graduate students who are interested in presenting during the 5-7 minute Lightning Round can sign up during registration.

Please join us and share this event widely with your networks! And by all means, let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for clever ways to promote the program among oyster practitioners.

Questions can be directed to Tanner Council at

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