gomcon 2024

Join us February 19-22, 2024, in Tampa, Florida, for the next Gulf of Mexico Conference (#GOMCON).

Held at the Tampa Convention Center, this event will bring together coastal scientists and stakeholders in state and federal government, academia, non-profit, and private sectors to discuss current Gulf research and collaborate on new opportunities. Emphasizing the intersection of science, policy, and management, GOMCON will include sessions on themes that are important to ecosystem and community resilience as well as restoration and natural resource management.

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registration

Onsite registration is $350 for the entire four days. You may also register for Monday workshops ONLY for $50.

Federal employees who need a copy of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s NDAA 889 form can download a PDF copy here: NDAA 889 52.204-24 REP CERT_GOMA

schedule

plenaries

The Opening Plenary, which will be Tuesday, will focus on “Building Coastal Resilience in the Gulf: From Ecosystems to Communities.” The conversation will center around weather and climate and how to plan for resilience in the face of it all. Speakers will include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Florida Chief Resilience Officer Wes Brooks, and University of Georgia Associate Dean and Professor Marshall Shepherd.

The Wednesday Plenary theme is “Communicating the Impacts of Weather and Climate on Communities.”

The conversation will center around communication best practices in regards to weather, climate, and risk mitigation. Speakers will include Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) CEO Chauncia Willis, Reinsurance Association of America President Frank Nutter, and Carl Parker from The Weather Channel.

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Workshops and Meetings

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops and Meetings

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops and Meetings

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops and Meetings

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sponsor Exhibits Open

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Sponsor Exhibits Open

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Rise and Shine: Poster Session and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions and Facilitated Breakout Discussions

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tools Café and Reception

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sponsor Exhibits Open

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Rise and Shine: Poster Session and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions and Facilitated Breakout Discussions

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Registration/Information Desk

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Sponsor Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions, Facilitated Breakout Discussions, and GOMA Team Meetings

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Scientific Sessions, Facilitated Breakout Discussions, and GOMA Team Meetings

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

hotel reservations

We have secured group rates for conference attendees at three hotels near the Tampa Convention Center. Remaining space is very limited so please book as soon as possible.

hotel tampa riverwalk

The Hotel Tampa Riverwalk (200 North Ashley Drive) is a short 10 minute (0.5 mile) walk to the Tampa Convention Center. The group rate for conference attendees is $239 per night. The government rate block is full.

embassy suites tampa downtown convention center

The Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center (513 South Florida Avenue) is the closest hotel to the Tampa Convention Center. The hotel connects directly to the conference venue by skybridge. The group rate for conference attendees is $299/night. The government rate block is full.

Le Meridien Tampa, The Courthouse

Le Meridien Tampa, The Courthouse (601 North Florida Avenue) is 0.8 miles from the Tampa Convention Center. The group rate for conference attendees is $369/night. The reservation deadline is February 9.

barrymore hotel

The Barrymore Hotel (111 W Fortune Street) is a 1.5 mile walk to the Tampa Convention Center. The conference room block at this hotel is full.

transportation

The Tampa International Airport (TPA) is located 9.5 miles (15-20 minutes) from downtown Tampa. Information on ground transportation from/to the Tampa International Airport is available on their website: https://www.tampaairport.com/ground-transportation

A free, heritage streetcar service connects downtown Tampa, the Channel District, and Ybor City. The closest stop to the Tampa Convention Center is Dick Greco Plaza, located adjacent to the convention center and Embassy Suites hotel. Visit the TECO Streetcar website to learn more: http://www.tecolinestreetcar.org/howtoride.html

parking

Parking is available at the Tampa Convention Center parking garage for $12/day. Several parking garages and surface lots are located near the convention center. More information is available on the City of Tampa website: https://www.tampa.gov/tcc/parking

Parking and payment are the responsibility of the individual conference attendee.

GOMCON 2024 Sponsors

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Convention Bag
Cell Phone Charging Stations
Poster Breakfast Sessions
Tools Café

Bronze

RESTORE Texas-Coast CoE GOMA Conference
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Supporters

Please contact Becky Ginn at 228-547-4808 or for information on sponsorship opportunities.

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meeting sustainability

The City of Tampa has a U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Cities Gold certification, ensuring a citywide commitment to sustainability and resilience. The Tampa Convention Center is also applying for LEED facility certification.

Sustainability practices at the Tampa Convention Center include:

  • recycling and food donation efforts to reduce waste
  • energy-saving LED lighting and natural lighting/daylight harvesting
  • water bottle refill stations
  • recycled and compostable to-go products with straw on request
  • eco-friendly soaps and cleaning products

Learn more here: https://www.tampa.gov/tcc/sustainability