The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale, USA, is to connect people with inspiring science. MODS is guided by four educational content pillars, one of which is environmental sustainability. Its exciting interactive exhibits introduce visitors to the wonders of the natural environment, as do programmes that include a 20-seat Everglades Airboat Adventure simulator and an immersive series about Florida habitats. Encounters with more than 500 animal ambassadors, a Sprouting STEM Early Childhood Learning Lab for young scientists and a Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF), also draw people into the world of natural science. Serving as south Florida’s dynamic hub for dialogue and innovation with regard to resilience and community solutions to the impact of climate change, the museum also hosts the annual Broward Youth Climate Summit. As a trusted resource for science for more than 40 years, MODS’s vision for resilience is to improve environmental literacy, stimulate workforce development and empower the community through environmental stewardship and solutions.
The 2021 Save Our Seas Distinguished Speaker Series at MODS, presented by the museum’s strategic partner the Save Our Seas Foundation, is dedicated to protecting life in the ocean. The 2021 series features internationally acclaimed scientists, conservationists, researchers and educators, who will share their passion for the world’s oceans in programmes designed for museum guests of all ages. This year, MODS has an exciting line-up of presenters from around the globe who will discuss their research discoveries across a spectrum of topics from sharks, manta rays and sawfish to algal blooms and much more! The always-popular Sea Turtle and Shark Expert Panel Discussion, which will feature prominent researchers and conservationists from across the region, will return this year as well. This series is free. For the speaker line-up and more information, please visit mods.org/distinguishedspeakerseries.