2015 Annual Conference 

“Mare Nostrum Caribbean (Our Caribbean Sea) – Programs and Partnerships.” 

The VI-EPSCoR Annual Conference 2015 is scheduled for May 26 and 27, with an optional field trip on May 28, at the Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix, USVI. The conference is free and open to the public. It is titled “Mare Nostrum Caribbean (Our Caribbean Sea) – Programs and Partnerships.”

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The conference will introduce various components of the “Mare Nostrum Caribbean” project to the St. Croix community. Presenters will highlight existing partnerships and explore opportunities for new ones. The conference begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception on May 26, and continues with sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 27.

RSVP to Tracelyn Otto – e-mail: totto@uvi.dedu or call 340-693-1422 – no later than Monday, May 25. For more information contact Nick Drayton – ndrayton@uvi.edu.


Previous Annual Conferences


2014 Annual Conference 

“Strengthening Our Research, Education and Outreach Collaborations in the Region”

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) held its 2014 Annual Conference  on Monday May 12, 2014, on the UVI St. Thomas campus in the Administration and Conference Center’s ground floor conference room. The theme was “Strengthening Our Research, Education and Outreach Collaborations in the Region”. The day was designed to share information about research, education and outreach goals and initiatives by local entities and representatives from the British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, in an effort to identify synergies and opportunities for collaborations to our mutual benefit.

There were four presentation themes: i) Ridge to Reef Research in the region; ii) Climate Change and Anthropogenic Research; iii) Education and; iv) Outreach. Presenters included UVI researchers, representatives from the British Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Department of Education, and Puerto Rico. The keynote presentation was given by Dr. Lee Todd, President Emeritus of the University of Kentucky on ‘the Role of Science and Technology in Economic Development’. There was also a special lunchtime presentation by National Science Foundation – EPSCoR’s Program Director Dr. Sean Kennan on partnership and collaborative funding opportunities via NSF.

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2013 Annual Conference

"Celebrating the Past Five Years of Supporting Research in the U.S. Virgin Islands." 

Prof. Roy A. Watlington - A native St. Thomian, Roy A. Watlington retired from the University of the Virgin Islands in December 2008 after 27 years as tenured professor of physics, researcher and occasional administrator. He had served as Chancellor of the St. Thomas Campus, Director of UVI's first General Education Reform and Associate Director and Acting Director of the Eastern Caribbean Center as well as Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was coordinator of UVI's successful initiation of the VI-Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research. As Principal Investigator of UVI's Anegada Climate Tracers Study, he organized 13 deep water expeditions to study climatic signals in seawater. He has authored refereed papers related to these activities, such as on the charting of Kick-`em-Jenny submarine volcano and on anticipating impacts of a recurrence of a tsunami, such as was experienced here in 1867. He is co-author of Disaster and Disruption in 1867; Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies. Having been co-founder of the Caribbean Regional Association for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System, he now serves as an elected member of its Stakeholders' Council and consultant for outreach in the US Virgin Islands. He expresses his greatest satisfaction for having engaged dozens of students in deep-water oceanographic research, for assisting in innovating freshman science offerings, for improving students' physics laboratory experiences at CVI/UVI, and for introducing unaware UVI students and staff to the wilderness of St Thomas through the UVI Explorers' Club.