Conference information
Important information regarding the 7th Annual EMSEA conference is provided below. Details are updated on a regular basis, so please check back regularly.


Miles out into the North Atlantic Ocean a group of stunning islands stands out. The Azores, technically still located in Europe as part of Portugal, are a good two hour flight from the continent. These nine volcanic islands rest at the intersection of the Eurasian, African, and North American tectonic plates. The remote archipelago is offering all the feats you could want for perfect geo hiking or ocean adventures. The lush green landscape is filled with dry calderas, craters lakes, fumaroles and thermal water springs.  Oceanographic features of the area show steep underwater walls and ridges. Due to the up-welling of nutrient-rich deepwater the Azores are a magnet for marine life. The area serves as a feeding ground for many migrating species.  Combine this with the tasty Portuguese food and some jaw-dropping beaches, and you have the perfect EMSEA conference setting.  

The conference is held on São Miguel. This is the biggest island of the archipelago. More than half of the Azorean population occupies this island. The main city is Ponta Delgada. the tourist heart of the island. Here are the main airport and harbor of the island, a wide variety of hotels, restaurants and cultural sites.


Official Tourism Website of Azores
Discover Azores
Azores Government


The conference will take place in the Expolab science centre of Lagoa, located a 15 min drive to the east of Ponta Delgada. A bus will take the conference delegates to this venue as from a pick up point in Ponta Delgada.

Conference diner

The EMSEA Conference Dinner will be hosted at Cais da Sardinha. It is a relax place, located at an old pier on the Infante D. Henrique Avenue in Ponta Delgada. It offers a privileged view over the south coast of São Miguel Island and over the sea. Featuring the best of the local cuisine, the conference dinner will offer an extra opportunity to network with peers and strengthen those very important links with potential to shape your future career in ocean literacy.

The conference diner is included in the registration fee.


For the 7th Annual EMSEA Conference 2019 we’ve established some special tariffs and discounts with many Hotels located in Ponta Delgada. Please, contact the hotels directly to book your room, quoting the reservation codes below.


Thomas Hostel

Reservation Code: EMSEA Conference Azores 2019



Hotel Camões (4*)

Reservation Code: #EMSEA2019Azores



Hotel Antília (4*)
Reservation Code: EMSEA19



Azoris Royal Garden (4*)

Promotion code: ARG_EMSEA19 (



Grand Hotel Açores Atlântico (5*)

Reservation code: EMSEA2019


Conference host
The Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT) is a public agency of the Regional Government of the Azores, under the Regional Secretariat for Sea, Science and Technology (SRMCT).

FRCT mission is to promote the Science and Technology System of the Azores (SCTA) R&D+I, through the following actions:

– Funding of Research Grants & Fellowships;
– Promoting the participation of other SCTA entities in international programs and projects;
– Providing support to the SCTA in the preparation of project proposals;
– Participating in R&D+I projects under external financing programmes.

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Field trips
For EMSEA 2019, a half day field trip is included in the conference fee. There are two options to choose, so please indicate your preference when registering.
Whale Watching
Opportunity to meet and admire the marine mammals of the Azores in their natural habitat. About 27 species of whales and dolphins have been observed in the Azores. The success rate of sighting one of them is 99%.
The boat leaves from the port of Ponta Delgada
Dress code: comfortable shoes with rubber soles, windbreaker jacket, hat, water, sunscreen, proof bag (to keep the phone and/or the camera)
Scientific-Cultural Tour of Thermal Springs in Furnas
Opportunity to explore in detail some of Azores' thermal springs. Includes a bath on the Terra Nostra Hot Springs.
Extra field trips
Geology Tour of the Azores coastline
There will be the opportunity to explore the fascinating geology of the Azorean coastline on Friday 20th September. Places are limited for this field trip and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please express your interest in the registration form to receive more information.
Travel info

The nine Azores Islands are served by SATA airlines. SATA flies to the Azores from different locations in the US and Europe. International flights arrive at Ponta Delgada on San Miguel. check SATA for the latest information, as these departures change frequently.

If you want to travel around the island before or after the conference, there’s a network of bus routes that cover pretty much the entire island. Contact the Office of Tourism for a detailed schedule and route of public transport.  Hiring a taxi or a car are a good way to get to points of interest.

Office of Tourism, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 9500-769 Ponta Delgada

Offset your Carbon Footprint!

EMSEA 2019 is conscious of the environmental impact associated with inviting the ocean literacy community to meet in the Azores. For this reason, we partnered with Climate Care and encourage all EMSEA 2019 delegates to consider off-setting their carbon footprint associated with travel.


By choosing to off-set your travel, you compensate your footprint by supporting projects that deliver value for local communities as well as the environment.

Silent Auction
We will be holding our EMSEA fundraiser silent auction during the drinks reception on Tuesday evening at the Anfiteatro Restaurant. The proceeds of the silent auction will provide travel bursaries for future EMSEA conferences.
We would be grateful if all conference attendees could donate an item for the auction. Items that represents where you live or any treasures that may bring a high bid are most welcome (e.g. books, games, education resources, jewellery, outdoor gear, crafts/artwork, gift certificates, guided tour events).  We think it would be fun to have a whole range of different regional marine-themed items.
Thanks to the generosity of EMSEA members and previous EMSEA conference attendees who participated in Silent Auctions, EMSEA 2019 awarded four €300 bursaries to delegates presenting at the conference. 
The success of the silent auction will rely on YOUR generosity, so please use this form to let us know what you can bring, and don't be shy when bidding!