MAD Coastal Career Development Workshop: April 4, 2019, in Woodbridge, VA

Time: Thursday, April 4th, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Gallery at the Potomac Science Center, George Mason University, Woodbridge, VA

As part of the “Margaret A. Davidson Coastal Career Development Program,” The Coastal Society (TCS) is proud to honor Margaret’s legacy with this full-day workshop designed to provide valuable skills and information to the next generation of coastal practitioners, students and early- to mid-career coastal professionals. TCS and Atlantic Estuarine Research Society (AERS) will host the workshop at George Mason University’s brand-new Potomac Science Center in Woodbridge, VA, on Thursday, April 4, 2019, as part of the AERS Spring Meeting. The event is sponsored by the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center of George Mason University.

The full-day event will feature a morning of keynote talks on career options, employment prospects, successful pathways toward local opportunities and opportunities around the nation, as well as inspirational testimonies from coastal professionals. The afternoon will offer a series of smaller group discussions about various skills needed to succeed, such as leadership, networking, mentors, publishing, resumes, and more.  Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with speakers and potential mentors. Students and young professionals in the coastal and environmental field are encouraged to attend.

Please note that separate registration is required for this workshop. TCS members receive a discounted registration rate to attend this event. AERS student members will be eligible for a $25 travel award to attend this event. You do not need to attend the AERS Spring Meeting to attend this workshop.

DRAFT AGENDA available here

Spend time with Speakers and Mentors from the following organizations, among others: 

  • US Environmental Protection Agency
  • NOAA
  • Virginia Sea Grant
  • Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Restore America’s Estuaries
  • George Mason Coastal Engineering Lab
  • Rare
  • Frank Reilly Group


Questions? Contact Vanessa Meer ( ).

Questions or inquiries about sponsoring the event may be sent to:

We thank our Funders, Sponsors, and Partners:

  • Atlantic Estuarine Research Society
  • The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center of George Mason University
  • Virginia Sea Grant