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World Oceans Week 2018 - A Historic Week at The Explorers Club

We join in extending a hearty “Explorers Club” thank you to our more than 2,000 members and guests who joined us at Club Headquarters; to the thousands who joined our worldwide live stream audience; and to our sponsors and partners, for making World Oceans Week a memorable and historic experience. It was a week of discovery, education, and action around critical concerns and solutions for our oceans.

True to our mission, Explorers Club Headquarters was the “World Center for Ocean Exploration” with World Oceans Week featuring 22 lectures, presentations and panels, including such notables as Sylvia Earle; Carl Safina; NASA’s Scott Bolton; Lisa Truitt of the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey; David Shaw of the Aspen High Seas Initiative; Megan Cook and Nicole Raineault from E/V Nautilius “live” at sea; Dava Newman of M.I.T.; and Professor David Gruber, among others.

Additionally, the Club’s activities were complemented by a series of major ocean presentations at the United Nations on World Oceans Day - Friday, June 8.

We want to offer special thanks to our incredible sponsor Rolex, a long-time advocate of The Explorers Club, ocean research, exploration, and conservation.

Special thanks also to the vision of our partner Parley for the Oceans, for transforming Club Headquarters, transporting guests under the waves, and curating expert programs.

Also, our thanks to Ayana Johnson ​and Ocean Collectiv for guidance and counsel in organizing such wonderful panels, Vice President Ann Passer for her tireless efforts, the Club’s staff, as well as all other donors who helped make the week a success - from sustainable seafood to surfboards!

This was our second annual World Oceans Week, and we look forward to many more! Enjoy your summer and “THINK OCEANS.”

Most Cordially,


Richard Wiese
President, The Explorers Club


Ted Janulis
President Emeritus, The Explorers Club
Chair, World Oceans Week

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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