2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future action for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem. To accomplish its purpose, the conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, concurrent sessions featuring oral presentations, poster presentations, workshops, frequent opportunities for informal networking, and related off-program events.

Registration Schedule:
Early Bird Fees: December 4, 2017 through February 28, 2018
Regular Fees: March 1, 2018 through March 21, 2018
Registration Closing: March 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM with On-Site Registration at the Conference if space is available.

The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is investigating a way to offer STEM Clock Hours for purchase to K-12 educators attending the conference. If you are interested in Clock Hours, please email SSEC@wwu.edu for more information

Student Financial Assistance Application: The Executive and Program Committees of the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (SSEC 2018) understand the importance of student attendance and involvement at their biennial conference. The SSEC will allow students to apply for a $125 registration credit to use towards conference registration.

You must first apply for the credit and hear back from the committee BEFORE registering. Please do not register for the conference until you receive notice of your credit status. 

To apply, follow this link.

Volunteer Application Form: To request volunteer status, complete and submit the short application here. Please do not register for the conference until you receive notice of your volunteer status. Every effort will be made to contact volunteer applicants within one week to inform them of their status and to provide them special conference registration instructions.

Purchase Orders:
If you are paying with purchase order, please have a digital copy available for upload BEFORE beginning the registration process.

Purchase Order Vendor Address:
WWU - Extended Education
516 High Street, MS 9102
Bellingham, WA 98225


If your registration is being paid by your organization, then there is a way to purchase optional items using your personal credit/bank card if not covered by your employer. After registering for the event with your corporate card, use the link at the bottom of your confirmation email/receipt to reenter registration and add those items to your registration. We do not store your credit card information, so any additional items will need to be purchased by inputting the original card's information or a different card's information at billing.




For conference questions, please contact: SSEC@wwu.edu.

For registration questions, please contact: WWU Extended Education at ExtendedEducation.Registration@wwu.edu or 360.650.3308.

Wednesday-Friday, April  4-6, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Early Bird Registration
  • Early Bird General Conference Registration - $435
    (December 4-February 28)
  • Early Bird Tribes/First Nations Conference Registration - $330
    (December 4-February 28)
  • Early Bird NGO Conference Registration - $330
    (December 4-February 28)

General Registration

  • General Conference Registration - $475
    (March 1-March 22)
  • Tribes/First Nations Conference Registration - $385
    (March 1-March 22)
  • NGO Conference Registration - $385
    (March 1-March 22)

Individual Day Registration

  • Wednesday Only Conference Registration - $335
    (March 1-March 22) 
  • Thursday Only Conference Registration - $335
    (March 1-March 22)
  • Friday Only Conference Registration - $335
    (March 1-March 22) 

Student Registration

  • Student Conference Registration - $225
    (December 4-March 22) \
  • Wednesday Only Student Conference Registration - $120
    (March 1-March 22)
  • Thursday Only Student Conference Registration - $120
    (March 1-March 22) 
  • Friday Only Student Conference Registration - $120
    (March 1-March 22)

Coast Salish Gathering Dinner

  • Dinner Registration - $75
    (December 4-March 22)

SSEC 30th Anniversary Gear

  • T-Shirt (Ladies and Men's) - $10
  • Sweatshirt (Unisex) - $20
  • Mug - $10

Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street
Seattle, WA 98101