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 public events in countries where we conduct scientific research, but we also hold many events near our headquarters in the Washington DC area.



Upcoming Events:

Reflections on Shrinking Fish & Warming Oceans

Our documentary film “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch” will be playing on October 16th at the Museum at Campbell River. The film will be followed by a lecture by the star of the film, Dr. Daniel Pauly, entitled “Reflections on Shrinking Fish & Warming Oceans.”

If you’re in British Columbia, this is an event not to be missed!


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

Our award-winning film, An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Earth Day. The film 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. 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. T

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!

Youth Ocean Conservation SummitKSLOF Education Director Amy Heemsoth was a plenary speaker at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created to provide students with 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 young adults are currently working to protect marine ecosystems and helps them develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. 


Coral Reefs Through the Lens

Coral Reefs Through the Lens Photo (c)Michele Westmorland/iLCPWe presented at the National Aquarium as part of the Marjorie Lynn Bank Lecture Series. Our talk, “Coral Reefs Through the Lens” took attendees on a tour of the world, showcasing magnificent coral reefs and demonstrating the Foundation’s creative use of film and media arts to inspire and educate. This series at the National Aquarium explored 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

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

The Living Oceans Foundation 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

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.