The Bedford Institute of Oceanography Oceans Association (BIO-OA) was formed in 1998 by a group of retired public servants previously involved in Ocean Sciences and Hydrography who share an abiding interest in BIO. In addition to social activities, the Association is concerned with the history of BIO and with enhancing public knowledge about the oceans. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals.
Membership in the Association includes former and current staff from the full range of scientific, engineering, technical and administrative groups within the Institute, as well as others who never worked at BIO but who have an interest in the ocean sciences.
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 as the need arises. At present we are actively involved in the planning of BIO's 50 anniversary celebrations in 2012.
Our social activities include annual events such as a summer picnic, lectures on topics of general interest, e.g. Sable Island, and organized tours of local and regional places of interest such as the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Consider joining the Association - we'd love to have you be part of the group!
2011 - This site is being completely renovated. Items formerly on the old site will eventually reappear.