Memorandum of Association
Book Release: Voyage of Discovery
Special Release: BIO OA Working Group Recomendations for renewal
The Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) Oceans Association (OA) was formed in 1998 by a group of retired public servants previously involved in Ocean Sciences and Hydrography who share an interest in BIO. In addition to social activities, the OA is concerned with the history of BIO and with enhancing public knowledge about the oceans. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals. We'd love to have you be part of the group!
Institute management encourages our group and supports our interest in BIO history by providing archival support through the Institute's library. We are in the process of collecting documents and artifacts from the early days of BIO through to the present time. This collection can provide insight into the nature of the scientific and administrative challenges that have been overcome in the past and will help guide future action by providing a more complete context.
We also have developed, with Institute management support, an archive of older ocean sciences equipment developed and/or used at BIO since its opening in 1962.
Some members continue on a volunteer basis to do studies and research, which contribute to Canadian oceanography. Their work helps to ensure that the knowledge built up over many years can be passed to the next generation of BIO oceanographers as the process of staff renewal replaces the old timers. Others have an interest in education and are available as volunteer tutors, lecturers and tour guides.
Our social activities include lectures on topics of general interest, such as Sable Island, and organized tours of local and regional places of interest, such as outings to McNabs Island adn the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.