The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) supports public forums on the most pressing ocean and coastal management issues.

Annual Conference

Every year the CBE hosts a spring conference to highlight cutting-edge topics in ocean and coastal resource management. In 2012, the CBE partnered with the Monterey Institute to host TEDx Monterey: Sea Change. This conference brought together innovative change agents and blue ocean thinkers to discuss ideas worth spreading for ocean and coastal sustainability. Please check back here for additional details for our 2013 conference or sign up for email updates.

CBE speakers around the world

The CBE contributes to policymaking and participates in U.S. and international research associations. Recently, our faculty and staff have spoken at these events:

September 2012

Dr. Kildow spoke at the Land-Ocean Connectivity conference in L'Aber Wrac'h, Bretagne, France.

July 2012

Dr. Kildow spoke at Representative Sam Farr's forum on Marine Debris in preparation for the House vote on HR 1171.

June 2012

Dr. DePaolis spoke at the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association IMPLAN 2012 conference.

Dr. Kildow was a keynote speaker at the Estuarine Coastal Sciences Association and Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science conference.

Monica Galligan spoke at The Coastal Society conference, TCS23.

Speaker Series

In the Fall, the CBE hosts a weekly International Marine Policy speaker series, bringing the world’s top marine practitioners to the Monterey Institute. Please check the program or sign up for email updates. Also, be sure to check out our other sustainability speakers hosted by the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program.


Dr. Charles Colgan and Dr. Jason Scorse were quoted in the Washington Post article about surfonomics, August 2012.

Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, published an opinion piece in the Oakland Tribune in July 2012.

In June 2012, The San Jose Mercury News published an article about our alumni founders of Local Catch Monterey Bay.