Oceans of Knowledge, an event exploring the latest developments in operational ocean observation and prediction, will be hosted by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) on 11 November 2015 at the Royal Institution, London.
It will be a rare chance to contribute towards the improved use of ocean information in a wide range of practical applications and to network with scientists, engineers, asset managers and decision-makers across disciplines and sectors.
Prof Ed Hill OBE, Executive Director at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) commented, “The ocean is rapidly rising up the international agenda and its value to society is increasingly recognised; this event explores the value of ocean information as the agenda takes off!”
The event will provide a coherent summary of user requirements for operational oceanographic products and services. It will look to enhance engagement and improve understanding between users and suppliers, in both industry and academia and allow for an exchange of knowledge on best practice and emerging science and technology.
Speakers will cover requirements and concerns from various perspectives including offshore oil and gas, offshore renewables, hydrography, navigation, ports, flood risk management, insurance, oil spill responses, ship emergency response, marine leisure and more.
A drinks reception will be held after the event to celebrate World Hydrography Day.
The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine professionals. It is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body. It is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership of over 17, 000 based in over 128 countries.
Working with the global marine community, the IMarEST promotes the scientific development of marine engineering, science and technology, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.
The IMarEST works with a growing number of corporate partners offering different levels of support to maritime organisations. IMarEST ‘Marine Membership’ is open to all companies and organisations, providing access to membership benefits, knowledge-sharing, online promotion and exclusive discounts. The ‘Marine Partner’ initiative is for organisations that work strategically with the IMarEST to create and deliver a bespoke annual programme of activity and premium promotion.
The IMarEST is a respected authority in every maritime country. It is a Non-Governmental Organisation with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), and it has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where its specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g., the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining. It is a nominated and licensed body of the Engineering Council (UK), a member of the Science Council and has significant links with many other maritime organisations worldwide.
The IMarEST runs a series of industry leading and technically excellent events and conferences as well as publishing the internationally recognised publication, The Marine Professional.