In February 2013, science results from OER's 2012 field season were presented by principal investigators and program managers. Each presentation included a brief Q and A. Discussions on ways to further leverage existing partnerships, identify new partnerships and explore opportunities were included. The Symposium reached beyond the 2012 season and focused on the capabilities and opportunities associated with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and how they may align with NOAA and program goals. We also identified opportunities to meet multiple office and program goals, while advancing NOAA and national objectives. A broad NOAA audience enhanced our discussion, catalyzed future research and leveraged resources and interests. Other participants included agency counterparts through which we partner in ocean exploration and transition research: BOEM, NASA, ONR, NSF, DOS and the USGS.