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Our conferences and events help to support the unique communities we represent by providing opportunities for people and organizations to connect, share ideas, and create a standing professional network to encourage community dialog and influence policymakers. In 2017, the Island Institute reached 1,755 people in through our conferences and convenings on topics including broadband, education, energy, and the arts. Click here to see a list of upcoming events and make plans to join us soon!
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August 17, 2018

For the second year, the Island Institute will be hosting a free six-week lecture series focusing on the Maine coast. Join us in Rockland – Wednesdays this summer, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – to hear from authors, artists, community members, and other experts about life along Maine's waterfront and their perspectives, reflections, and insights on everything from art and aquaculture to modern-day challenges and connections.

May 31, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Maine Broadband Coalition hosted a statewide broadband conference at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine.

May 4, 2018

The 8th annual Island Energy Conference brought together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources available to address them. This year’s theme, Resilient Together, highlighted what islanders are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. See the speakers, presentations, photos, and more here!

April 6, 2018

The 2018 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference took place on Friday, April 6, 2018, welcoming close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses. Learn more here!

January 19, 2018

Waypoints Forum: Futures of the Maine Waterfront - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Portland, Maine - The Island Institute's Waypoints Forum featured an afternoon of panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. The theme for this year's event was Futures of the Maine Waterfront, with topics ranging from aquaculture to the future of our state's working waterfronts.