Home Associations Oceanology International London call for abstarcts: returning vacationers ask for more time
Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014. Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014. Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

Refreshed, and with ideas for presentations buzzing in their heads, vacationers from around the world are returning to their desks to find they have just days to submit their conference abstracts for Oceanology International 2016 – ‘give us more time’ is the constant plea.

Therefore Reed Exhibitions, organisers of the biennial event being held at London’s ExCeL,  Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 March 2016, have extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts for the global forum for marine technology and ocean science until Friday 16 October 2015.

“We are most impressed by the number of people who have just got back to their desks after their annual holiday and are asking for ‘just a little more time’ to submit their abstract for one or more of our 11 technical and industry conference streams, it seems only fair to grant them their wish, ” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie.

“Every two years Oceanology International brings together voices from across the industry, and the world, to share best practice, technology updates and a wide range of case histories. The agenda-setting technical conferences highlight the role that ocean science and technology can play across the board. In 2014, 1, 280 unique visitors, from 49 countries, (of our total attendance of 8, 400 participants), attended the free conference sessions to hear from over a hundred experts about the latest marine technology, science, R&D and opportunities across the end user marine industries. Anyone seeking inspiration can find the presentations from Oceanology International 2014 online.

“I am delighted to be able to announce that Oceanology International 2016 is already a record-breaker, ” he adds. “Indeed, we are looking forward to staging the largest Oceanology International in its history.”

Professor Ralph Rayner, Chairman of the Oceanology International 2016 conference programme lists the topics that will come under the conference spotlight in 2016: Unmanned vehicles and vessels; Ocean observing systems; Positioning and metrology; Hydrography, geophysics and geotechnics; and Marine renewables have long been core topics at Oceanology International, and Aquaculture figured on the programme for the first time in 2014. To these we now add: Handling big data; Oil & gas: What’s next for ageing offshore assets; Monitoring structural integrity: Understanding risk and reliability; Green shipping; and Near and far markets.

“Whether you are a technologist seeking to describe a new development, a scientist or engineer wishing to share a new application or a user of ocean data wanting to share experiences of your specific needs, the Oceanology International conference provides you with a unique opportunity, ” he explains.

“We sincerely welcome your contributions to the Oceanology International 2016 conference programme and look forward to hearing from you.”

Session chairmen
Chairmen have now been announced for the vast majority of the Oceanology International conference streams:

Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase

  • Dr Bob Allwood, Chief Executive, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
  • Ian Gallett, Business Development  Executive, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)

Ocean Observing Systems

  • Zdenka Willis, Director, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program
  • Justin Manley, VP of Business Development, Juliet Marine Systems

Positioning & Metrology

  • Johnathan Davis, Manager Geophysical Operations, Survey & Geohazards, BP America
  • Name tbc, Sonardyne

Marine Renewables

  • Nick Murphy, Project Director, SeaRoc

Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics

  • Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority, BP Exploration


  • Professor Peter Davies of the Dept of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, who has established a committee comprising:
    • Richard Slaski, Secretariat, Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum (SARF)
    • Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Officer,  The Crown Estate
    • Dr Kenneth Black, Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
    • Dr Mark James, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology in Scotland

Oil & Gas: What’s next for ageing offshore assets? 

  • Chairman tbc

Monitoring Structural Integrity: Understanding Risk and Reliability

  • Tom Johnson, President, BMT Scientific Marine Services

Handling Big Data

  • Chairman tbc

Green Shipping

  • Dr Bev MacKenzie, Technical and Policy Director, IMarEST

Near and Far Markets does not, by its very nature, require chairing

Full details on all aspects of the Call for Abstracts is online at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Whats-On/Conference

Exhibition shaping up well
Individual exhibitors in the largest ever Oceanology International exhibition come from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE, United Kingdom and USA. Of these Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA have also all confirmed country pavilions.

Vessels and dock side demonstrations of equipment will once again be a popular feature. In 2014 vessel movements proved a record-breaker with 148 movements during the three days with 1198 people aboard and a record number of 13 visiting vessels. As at all Oceanology International events, networking will play an important role.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International is available online at www.oceanologyinternational.com andOITeam@reedexpo.co.uk

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 2015 (3-5 November 2015, CECIS, Shanghai, China). Developed with government and industry associations it provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. www.oichina.com.cn/en the Subsea Oil & Gas China exhibition will be held alongside. The 2014 show attracted 5 , 034 domestic and overseas professional attendees from 32 different countries and regions
  • Oceanology International 2016 (15-17 March 2016, ExCeL London, UK): will build on the success of the 2014 show, which attracted 8, 400 participants – an increase of 10% over 2012. Exhibitor figures at the world’s largest marine technology and ocean science show were higher than ever before with 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries. www.oceanologyinternational.com
  • Catch the Next Wave conference:  Now in its third edition, Catch the Next Wave is an exclusive conference taking place on 14 March, 2016, the day before Oceanology International 2016 at the prestigious Royal Institution, London.  The event takes a longer term view of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, exploit and protect the oceans.:  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. www.oceanspacenews.com


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