Deadline extended for OI 2014 conference abstractsNews // September 13, 2013
The deadline for submission of abstracts from potential speakers at Oceanology International 2014’s eight conferences (London’s ExCeL – 11-13 March 2014) has been extended until 11 October 2013. The biennial exhibition and conference - the world’s largest, showcasing marine science and ocean technology solutions - attracts attendance from over 70 countries, including exhibitors from 35 different nations. The 7,460 m² exhibition is already nearing full capacity, with 92 per cent of the total available net space booked six months before it opens.
“We have had a most encouraging response and some interesting and highly relevant abstracts in response to our initial call, but know many of the companies and individuals who joined us at the highly successful inaugural Oceanology International China in Shanghai last week would like more time to consider their submissions for Oceanology International 2014,” says Exhibition Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions. “Our various committees will be reviewing the submissions during the remainder of October and into November, and we plan to publish full conference programmes by December. As always admission to all eight conferences will be free of charge to all visitors and exhibitors.”
As Conference Chairman Professor Ralph Rayner explains: “Whether you are a technologist seeking to understand new applications, a scientist looking into the latest technological tools to support your research or represent an industry that requires ocean data and information to support its business needs, the OI conferences will connect you with new ideas and opportunities. We sincerely welcome your contribution to the Oceanology International 2014 conferences.”
The eight topics to be covered by the conferences are:
• Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase (Chaired by Dr Bob Allwood, Chief Executive, and Ian Gallett, Business Development Executive, The Society for Underwater Technology)
• Underwater Security (Chaired by Professor Michael Bruno, Dean, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA; and Justin Crump, CEO, Sibylline Risk and Security Consultancy, UK)
• Marine Renewables – Survey, Installation and Maintenance (Chaired by Alan Moore OBE, Chairman, Ventus 2 VCT plc, and Non-Executive Director, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult; and Phil Durrant, Managing Director, Gardline Environmental and Co-Chair, Marine Industries Liaison Group)
• Underwater Positioning and Metrology (Chaired by Jonathan Davis, Manager Geophysical Operations, Survey and Geohazards, BP America Inc and Scott Winning, UK Project Survey Lead, Subsea 7)
• Hydrography and Geophysics – Offshore Site Investigations (Chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority, BP Exploration; and Toby Powell, Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Subsea 7)
• Ocean Observing Systems (Chaired by Zdenka Willis, Director, NOAA Integrated Ocean Observation; Dr David Mills, Programme Director, Marine Observatories, CEFAS; and Justin Manley, Senior Director, Business Development, Teledyne Marine Systems)
• Oil and Gas – Operating in Extreme Environments (Chaired by Richard Gibson, Metocean Engineer, BP; and Graham Feld, Senior Metocean Engineer, Shell)
• Underwater Communications (an introduction for 2014) (Chaired by Andy Bowen, Director of National Deep Submergence Facility, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA and Simon Partridge, Engineering Director, Sonardyne International, UK)
Full details of the Call for Abstracts is at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Conferences/
Additionally, there will be panel discussions on three topics new to Oceanology International that are set to drive demand for marine technology in the near future – aquaculture, ballast water, and subsea mining.
As in 2012, Oceanology International 2014 will be preceded by the Catch The Next Wave conference on Monday 10 March, which will continue the exploration of new scientific discoveries, disruptive and emergent technologies, such as novel power solutions, new materials, nanotechnology, developments in robotics and artificial intelligence, and how they may profoundly influence the ocean technologies of the future.
Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International 2014, including fuller information on each of the eight conferences, is available at www.oceanologyinternational.com.