2017 Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network Workshop

Detroit Zoo, April 25-27, 2017


The next Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop will be co-hosted by NOAA and the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS)offsite link at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan from April 25-27, 2017. The workshop will be based on presentations submitted from participants and will facilitate the use of spherical display systems for providing science educational messages. Participation in this workshop is limited to members of the NOAA Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network and invited groups who are working with the Network. Invitations to participate in the workshop are sent to all members.

There is no registration fee thanks to the support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundationoffsite link and the in-kind support provided by DZS. However, all who plan to attend the workshop will need to register in advance. It is not required that all participants submit presentation proposals, although we do encourage submissions as the philosophy of the workshop is that it is based on the needs of the attendees.

Gentoo penguins waddling at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center
Gentoo penguins waddling at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (Corydon Martin)

This year, we will offer two pre-workshop extended sessions on the afternoon of Monday, April 24 at the Detroit Zoo. These "Deeper Dives" into specialized topics are based on survey results from previous workshops and are designed to provide a more in-depth exploration. For more information and links to register, please click here.

The theme of the workshop is "Pole to Pole: Connecting people, places, animals, and spaces."

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    Important Steps and Deadlines

    Request Travel Support Feb 2, 2017
    Submit presentation proposal Feb 2, 2017
    Travel support awards announced Feb 16, 2017
    Accepted presentation proposals announced Feb 16, 2017
    Register Mar 23, 2017
    Book Hotel Mar 23, 2017


    Other Resources

    The approximate hours for the SOS Workshop are:

    • Tuesday, April 25, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Evening reception at the Detroit Zoo, 5pm-9pm)
    • Wednesday, April 26, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • Thursday, April 27, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

    More information

    Additional information about the workshop will be posted on this site and emailed to the SOS Network. If you have any questions about the workshop, you can contact us at

    More details and additional links will be posted as they become available.

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