Michele Westmoreland Photo Exhibit in French PolynesiaThe Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation hosts numerous events each year to engage and educate the public about marine conservation issues. These range from scientific presentations to photography exhibitions and film premieres.

Most of our live events are open to the public. We hold events in many countries where we work and near our headquarters in the greater Washington DC area.


Select Past Events:

Earth Day 2018

Last year we celebrated Earth Day with the Key School located in Annapolis, Maryland. Each year, the Key School celebrates this student-designed and coordinated event. The celebration centers around a theme chosen by the students. In 2018, they chose to focus on the importance and conservation of coral reef ecosystems as part of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR). Throughout the day, students learned about coral reefs by attending lectures and participating in hands-on STEAM activities led by KSLOF staff. These activities were designed to encourage environmental awareness and appreciation of coral reefs. The celebration closed with students identifying various ways to make a difference in protecting the environment.


Natural History on the Big Screen
Earth Day Premiere of An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch

April 22, 2017
6 – 7:30pm at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
8pm & 11pm ET/PT on the Smithsonian Channel

An Ocean Mystery eventOur award-winning film, An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch follows renowned fisheries scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly and his team of international experts as they piece together evidence to discover the true quantity of fish we have caught, and just how close we are to running out of this precious resource. Along the way we find hope; Dr. Pauly’s landmark research on fisheries management, and new technology developed by Dr. Stephen Box, Vice President of Global Fishery Solutions at Rare and former scientist at the Smithsonian, reveal an opportunity to preserve the bounty of the seas for future generations. 

The film screening was followed by a discussion with experts featured in the film, Dr. Daniel Pauly and Dr. Stephen Box, as well as the filmmaker Alison Barrat of the Living Oceans Foundation. The panel discussion was moderated by Charles Poe, Senior Vice President of Production at the Smithsonian Channel. 

This program was presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with the Smithsonian Channel and the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation as part of the Earth Optimism Summit.


Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
Empowering the next generation of ocean conservationists!

April 23, 2017 6:30-8:00pm
National Aquarium
501 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Youth Ocean Conservation SummitKSLOF Education Director Amy Heemsoth was a plenary speaker at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, held at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This annual event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation, and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants.


Coral Reefs Through the Lens

October 18, 2016 6:30-8:00pm
National Aquarium
501 E Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Coral Reefs Through the Lens Photo (c)Michele Westmorland/iLCPWe held an event at the National Aquarium on October 18 from 6:30-8:00 pm with an evening of food, drinks, and beautiful coral reefs. As part of the Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series Captain Philip G. Renaud, Executive Director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, took attendees on a tour of the world, showcasing magnificent coral reefs, informing us of their relevance and why we should care, and demonstrating the Foundation’s creative use of film and media arts to inspire and educate.

In the 2016 Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series, “Creative Conservation: Sharing New Perspectives on Nature,” the National Aquarium explores how words, photos and films shape the way we understand the diversity of life on our blue planet and the delicate balance that holds it all together.


World Oceans Day Film Premiere
Celebrate World Oceans Day with the Living Oceans Foundation at our film premiere

June 5, 2016 5-8pm
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second St.
Annapolis, MD 21403

We celebrated World Oceans Day at the Living Oceans Foundation’s 3rd annual film screening. This year, we showed Coral Reefs: Trouble in Paradise, a film about coral bleaching in the Chagos Archipelago, a remote island chain in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The film premiere of the film was followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and scientists, a special report on the ongoing global coral bleaching event, and a plastic-free reception.



WiLDSPWiLDSPEAK iLCP conservation photography at FotoWeekDCEAK

We took part in a panel about the role of photography in conservation, with our partners the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) during WiLDspeak. We were joined by Michele Westmoreland and Keith Ellenbogen who accompanied us on our research missions in French Polynesia and Palau respectively. The panel shared some of the images from the missions and also discuss the benefits of powerful imagery as a conservation tool.


Baltimore National Aquarium LogoA National Forum for Ocean Exploration

November 19, 2015
The National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD

We participated in A National Forum for Ocean Exploration, a gathering of a significant segment of the US ocean exploration community. The Forum was hosted jointly by NOAA and the National Aquarium.