Home Environment Catch the next wave…

Catch the next wave…

by admin
Prof. Ralf Raynor

Prof. Ralph Rayner


Oceanology International will, once again, be featuring a one-day conference in advance of the opening of the exhibition. ‘Catch The Next Wave’ will take place on 10 March 2014 at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering.

Conference Chairman, Professor Ralph Rayner explains: “The conference will be taking a longer-term view of some of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, use and protect our oceans. It will be looking ahead to see what new technologies are emerging, with leading experts describing developments that are set to change the way things are done in application areas as diverse as Formula One racing cars and the aerospace industry. Forward thinkers from the marine technology community will explore how some of these technologies are finding application in the oceans.”

The Catch the Next Wave conference is specifically designed for industry professionals and researchers with an interest in key disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector. A  high proportion of attendees at the inaugural 2012 event were CEOs; Directors of Engineering; Business Development, Strategy, Business Planning; and Chief Technologists.

“The objective is to stimulate creative thinking in areas such as materials science, sensor technology and complex systems and for delegates to leave the conference buzzing with new ideas that will lead to new research and business opportunities, ” says Ralph Rayner.

The conference programme
The conference will open with a keynote address ‘Catch the Next Wave – 50 Years of Innovation’ by Don Walsh, Honorary President, Explorers Club.

Speakers then include Andrew Bailey, Operations Director, McLaren GT; Phil Withers, Professor of Materials Science, Manchester University; Alan Smith, Director, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL; Gwyn Griffiths, President of the Society for Underwater Technology; Kevin Hardy, Director of Design, Construction and Operation of Unmanned Landers, Deepsea Challenge Expedition; Peter Yinger, Director, L-3 MariPro; and Paul Bunje, Senior Director – Oceans, XPRIZE Foundation. Two panel discussions are integral parts of the programme – the first on ‘Delivering Reliability in Subsea Systems and Sensors’; and the second on ‘Fostering Interdisciplinary and Cross Sectoral Exchange of Knowledge and Experience’.

The conference will close with the aptly entitled ‘Ride The Next Wave – The Next 50 Years’ keynote presentation by Rick Spinrad, Vice President for Research, Oregon State University, who explains:  “The concept of catching the next wave is a particularly graphic way of depicting both the challenge and the opportunity before us in the marine economy.

“We will be looking far ahead to see what new technologies and methodologies are emerging, and we will be building our own momentum to make sure we can adopt and adapt those approaches to meet our marine applications.  At the same time, we’ll want to position ourselves well so as not to be swamped by the surge of new capabilities that appears before us.

“To this end, I’d prefer to focus on the excitement of the opportunities. I harken back to the early stages of my research career, when a notably visionary colleague opined about the potential application of emerging biomedical diagnostic technologies to traditional oceanographic problems. The result was a quantum leap in our ability to assess the biological productivity of various marine environments (a scientific outcome with direct implications for such economic sectors as fisheries, aquaculture and pharmaceuticals).  What new ideas are bubbling up for us to exploit?  Similarly, what technologies have gained acceptance in other fields, but are as yet unrecognized in our marine community?

“’Catch The Next Wave’ is a program that will stimulate our thinking about these questions.  From materials science, to information technology, to robotics, to complex systems, the pace of growth is mind-boggling.  Our opportunity to apply the knowledge from these fields (and others) to our marine issues is limited only by our awareness and our imagination.  No doubt, the program will stimulate some very creative thinking about the “hybrid vigor” attained from cross-fertilizing our own oceanographic knowledge base with the understanding gleaned from seemingly disparate fields of research.  I, for one, will be eager to catch that wave!”

The conference committee
Catch The Next Wave’s conference committee comprises:

  • Ralph Rayner, Catch the Next Wave Conference Chairman
  • Justin Manley, Senior Director of Business Development,  Teledyne Benthos
  • Chris Scholin, President/CEO,  MBARI
  • Gwyn Griffiths, Principal/Founder, Autonomous Analytics and President, SUT
  • Dougal Goodman, Chief Executive,  The Foundation for Science and Technology
  • David Brookes, Senior Advisor – Subsea and Floating Systems,  BP E&P Sunbury UK

The conference is organised by Reed Exhibition’s Oceanology International, and held in association with the IMarEST, Marine Technology Society, and the Society for Underwater Technology.

Registration and further information
Full information and registration is at www.ctnwconference.com. The standard conference rate for the day is £350 +VAT, with a discounted rate for IMarEST, MTS and SUT members.


Catch The Next Wave is an integral part of the Oceanology International portfolio

About Oceanology International
Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. Established in 1969, Oceanology International features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration programme.

The Oceanology International portfolio includes
Oceanology International China 2013 (held 3-5 September 2013, INTEX Shanghai, China): this launch event was developed with the local government and industry associations and provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. The next Oceanology International China event will take place 3-5 September 2014 in Shanghai. For more details: www.oichina.com.cn/en

Oceanology International 2014 (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Over 550 international exhibitors and 8, 000 attendees are expected to take part in this global forum. Eight one-day conferences and three panel discussion on key industry topics will take place during the three days of the show, as well as waterside demonstrations. For more details:www.oceanologyinternational.com

Spillex (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Spillex is a dedicated area inside the Oceanology International 2014 exhibition hall and features the latest technology and service solutions for assessing the potential of spill related impacts, mitigating against and, if necessary, responding to them. For more details: www.oceanologyinternational.com/Spillex/

Catch the Next Wave conference (10 March 2014, London): at this international conference, now in its second year, global experts will speak about disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector. The first Houston-based Catch the Next Wave conference will be held in Autumn 2014. For more details:  www.ctnwconference.com

Oceansp@ce: Oceansp@ce is an online and free-of-charge resource which delivers hand-picked news from the world to the marine science and ocean technology community. For more details: www.oceanspacenews.com

You may also like

Leave a Comment