Special guest: Dr Sylvia Earle will be the guest speaker at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences’ celebratory gala on November 9. *Photo supplied
Special guest: Dr Sylvia Earle will be the guest speaker at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences’ celebratory gala on November 9. *Photo supplied
FRIDAY, OCT. 26: Visionary leader in marine exploration Dr Sylvia Earle is to be the guest speaker at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences' 110th anniversary gala.
BIOS has more than one reason to celebrate - it has recently appointed Dr William Curry as the new President and Director.

Dr Earle, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence is a longtime friend and supporter of BIOS.
She will comment on the history and importance of science-based local and regional conservation initiatives (including Bermuda Blue Halo and the Sargasso Sea Alliance) to protect the Sargasso Sea, and her hopes for the future of ocean research and protection. While in Bermuda, Dr. Earle will be speaking at two local schools to share her passion for scientific discovery with students and teachers.

The black-tie event is being hosted by Brian Duperrault, chairman of the trustees of BIOS. Mr Duperreault remarked: "We're simultaneously welcoming Bill Curry - an internationally-recognized scientist - as our new leader and celebrating 110 years of excellence in ocean science research and education. BIOS stands at an exciting new threshold and I'm gratified to see so many friends in Bermuda affirm their interest and support."

Susan Frith, a member of the event's Volunteer Organizing Committee, expressed her excitement about the Gala Celebration by saying: "Bermuda is so fortunate to have a world class scientific community on our island, and both the corporate community and local residents realize this and enthusiastically support BIOS. The response to the 2012 Gala has been wonderful. We look forward to a very special evening."

The 2012 Gala Celebration takes place on Friday, November 9 at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel.

Tables and individual seats are still available for the event, but are selling out quickly. For more information about the 2012 BIOS Gala Celebration, or to reserve a table/seat, contact Vanessa Shorto at 297-1880 x204 or via email at Vanessa.Shorto@bios.edu.