Media Information


Registration

Registration for media representatives is free. To register, or for more information, contact Marie Zhuikov with Minnesota Sea Grant: mzhuikov@umn.edu or (218) 726-7677. There will be two short media briefing panels the first day of the conference. They will feature conference speakers discussing the "State of Lake Superior," and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and polar explorer Will Steger discussing climate change.


News Releases

Lake Superior Conference Offers Free Public Events
October 15, 2007
Registration and Poster Session Deadline Approaching for "Making a Great Lake Superior" Conference
September 10, 2007
Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Abound at "Making a Great Lake Superior" Conference
September 07, 2007
Making a Great Lake Superior 2007
August 09, 2007

News Release: Lake Superior Conference Offers Free Public Events
October 15, 2007

If you haven't signed up yet to attend the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference happening in Duluth from October 29-31, you can still register online until October 18. Otherwise, you can register in person at the conference, which is happening at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center.

If attending the conference isn't on your 'to do' list, there are other events associated with "Making a Great Lake Superior" that you might want to include. They're available on a first-come, first served basis and best of all, they're FREE:

Kite Making at the Great Lakes Aquarium

October 28, 1-3 pm
Great Lakes Aquarium, 353 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.


Students and staff from Northland College will show you how to make a simple kite from household materials. You'll have time to make your kite and then fly it at nearby Bayfront Park. No pre-registration is required. Materials are free.

Climate Change Forum with Will Steger

October 28, 6:30-8:30 pm
Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Waterfront, 200 W 1 St., Duluth, Minn.
Lower Level Great Lakes Ballroom


Polar Explorer Will Steger will host a forum on climate change impacts and solutions with Fresh Energy, a nonprofit organization. Steger will describe his firsthand accounts of the effects of global warming on the polar region. He will be joined by:

A resource fair and music by Duluth band Biochemical Characters will also be provided.

Lake Superior From an Artist's Perspective: Craig Blacklock

October 29, 6:30-8 pm
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Gooseberry Falls Room


Photographer Craig Blacklock will speak about the importance of protecting Lake Superior. He will show stunning images of Lake Superior that have made him internationally known.

Making a Great Lake Superior Theater and Art Gallery

October 29-31
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Split Rock Room


The conference will showcase art and movies featuring Lake Superior.

Sustainable Communities: Local Governments Help Protect and Restore the Lake

October 31, 8:40-10:40 am
Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, Minn.
Lake Superior Ballroom


Three mayors and one tribal official from around the lake will discuss successes and challenges in their efforts to protect Lake Superior.

Organizers of "Making a Great Lake Superior" include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. Thirty organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government departments, academic institutions, Sea Grant programs, international organizations, tribal organizations, and watershed groups.


News Release: Registration and Poster Session Deadline Approaching for "Making a Great Lake Superior" Conference
September 10, 2007

September 14 is the early registration deadline for attending the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference in Duluth, Minn. The conference will be held October 29-31 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on the harbor. It will cover pressing issues and topics such as:

Submissions for the poster session also close on September 14. The evening poster session and reception is a perfect opportunity to share your work with colleagues. Previously exhibited posters from past conferences are welcome!

After September 14, the conference registration rate rises from $150 to $180. Single-day rates and reduced rates for students are available, as well as limited scholarships for teachers and others. For information and registration visit www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007 or contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.

Conference organizers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program.

Twenty-six organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government departments, academic institutions, Sea Grant programs, international organizations, tribal organizations, and watershed groups.


News Release: Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities Abound at "Making a Great Lake Superior" Conference
September 07, 2007

Companies, agencies, and organizations are invited to exhibit at or help sponsor the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference, held in Duluth, Minn., from October 29 to 31, 2007. This international conference will focus on using research, education, and resource management approaches to address pressing issues facing the Lake Superior ecosystem, including:

Over 300 residents, educators, resource managers, and researchers from around Lake Superior are expected to attend this meeting at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The two-and-a-half-day event will include a mixture of:

Environmental stewardship is built into the conference organization, which will help ensure the event is carbon-neutral, provides locally grown food to the extent possible, and minimizes waste production.

Exhibitor registration costs $350 and includes one full conference registration and exhibit space in a room adjacent to the conference registration area. The exhibit room will be the location of all refreshment breaks, the poster session, and reception. For details, visit: www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007/registration/ or call Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.

Sponsorship is offered at a variety of funding levels and venues, starting at $500. Sponsorship funds can also be used for scholarships and travel awards that will help students, teachers, and volunteer organization members attend the conference. For more details, visit: www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007/sponsor/ or call Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.


News Release: Making a Great Lake Superior 2007
August 09, 2007

Many people know that Lake Superior is a great Great Lake. Keeping it that way is the goal of the "Making a Great Lake Superior 2007" conference to be held October 29-31, 2007 in Duluth, Minn.

"This conference will focus on the most pressing issues facing Lake Superior," said Liz LaPlante, conference co-organizer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office. "We look forward to lively discussions among people from different disciplines. We'll use facilitated work groups to develop recommendations for research, education, and management."

Lake Superior Basin residents, educators, resource managers, and researchers are invited to attend this meeting at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The two-and-a-half-day program will include a mixture of plenary presentations, contributed sessions, exhibits, posters, evening socials, pre-conference community gatherings, and post-conference field trips.

The conference will practice what it preaches, through efforts to reduce the event's environmental impact. "Making a Great Lake Superior" will be the first carbon-neutral conference of its size ever held in Duluth. Organizers are taking steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, use locally produced products, and reduce waste.

Registration by September 14 costs $150. Single-day rates and reduced rates for students are available, as well as limited scholarships for teachers and others. For information and registration visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007 or contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.

Conference organizers include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. Twenty-six organizations are sponsoring the event, including U.S. and Canadian government departments, academic institutions, Sea Grant programs, international organizations, tribal organizations, and watershed groups.