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2022 DECO Conference

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Thank you to everyone who joined both in person and virtually for a productive 2022 Developing Empathy for Conservation Outcomes (DECO) conference.

Continuing the Empathy Conversation

To support continued collaboration and learning, the Seattle Aquarium will host two types of empathy-focused virtual convenings throughout 2023: Empathy Cafés and action research working groups.


Empathy cafés are a web chats discussing topics related to fostering empathy for conservation of wildlife. They are free and open to all. Starting in March 2023, these informal empathy conversations will take place quarterly. 

Visit the Empathy Café page for dates and topics.

Action Research Working Groups

Working group meetings are quarterly, virtual gatherings that serve to connect and support participants working on empathy-focused action research projects developed at DECO 2022. For details about action research projects currently underway, or more information about joining a working group, please contact

2022 Session Recordings

2020 Conference Information & Materials

Looking for information about the last DECO conference? Visit the DECO 2020 conference page to view materials, session recordings and more.


Website maintenance

Please note: Our ticketing and membership systems will be offline for approximately two hours starting at 9pm Pacific on Tuesday, February 20. During the maintenance window, online ticketing and membership will not be available.

Thank you for understanding.

Support the Seattle Aquarium

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With your help, the Seattle Aquarium builds connections with our community to inspire conservation and curiosity for marine life. When you make an end-of-year gift by December 31, you'll be joining us in protecting our shared marine environment—now and for generations to come. Thank you!

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Giving Tuesday

Make a tax-deductible donation to the non-profit Seattle Aquarium

Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 thanks to a very generous anonymous donor!

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Cyber weekend

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