2023 State of the Georgia Coast

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The State of the Georgia Coast is a three-day symposium hosted Sept. 21 – 23, 2023 on Tybee Island that invites participants to learn about challenges and solutions impacting coastal communities and the marine environment.  The goal of this event is to facilitate interactions between the academic community, residents, coastal managers, and local officials while providing professional development and networking opportunities for all participants. 

The symposium will also feature lightning talks and a student posters session. Information about submitting an abstract is available below.


The Symposium At A Glance 

Day 1
Attend a special morning session focused on the use of natural infrastructure in resilience and the management of water resources. The main Symposium will kick off at 1 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, participants will hear from elected officials, local leaders, and business professionals about the top challenges facing coastal communities. The goal is to identify pressing issues and discuss collaborative approaches to solving them.

Day 2
Hear from experts in marine science, policy and resource management who will present current research and extension projects on the Georgia coast. These projects align with Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s four focus areas: Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Resilient Communities and Economies and Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. The day will also include 3-minute lightning talks by professionals as well as a student poster session.

Day 3
Visit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center between 9 a.m. – Noon and enjoy a tabling event featuring hands-on activities provided by environmental education organizations in coastal Georgia. Admission to the center is included in the registration fee.

Attendees are also invited to sign up for one of two Tybee Island Resilience Tours scheduled for 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. These 1-hour tours will explore sites around the island where various adaptation measures have been implemented by the city to improve its resilience to coastal hazards.





Registration is currently full. We hope you can join us for the next State of the Georgia Coast.

 Questions about the event? Contact Nina Sassano at nina.sassano@uga.edu or call 912-598-2353.



The symposium will feature a student poster session and 3-minute lightning talks by coastal professionals. Lightning talks or posters will highlight research, extension, education, management, law or policy projects at any stage (proposed, preliminary, or completed). 

two women stand on a muddy coastline placing netted bags filled with oyster shellsTalks and posters will be relevant to one of the four focus areas listed below.  


• Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development
• Healthy Coastal Ecosystems
• Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture
• Resilient Communities and Economies

View student posters below:




Venue and Accommodations

The State of the Coast will take place at Hotel Tybee on Tybee Island. Lodging at Hotel Tybee is also available. 

Guests are responsible for making their hotel reservations and paying for their own room, tax, and incidental charges. Registrations for 9/20-9/22 can be made using the “Seagrant23″ promo code. Use the link below to book your room online or call 912-786-7777.

The cut-off date to make reservations under the group rate is August, 20, 2023.



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Interested in sponsoring? Please contact Kathryn Reeves at kathryn.reeves25@uga.edu or call 706-542-8882.

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