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Cdr Matt Bolton RN

Cdr Matt Bolton RN


A topical theme ‘Engineering the Triple A Navy: Active, Adaptive, Affordable’ lies at the heart of the 13th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2016) being held in the historic Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station in Bristol, UK from Tuesday 26 – Thursday 28 April 2016. The Call for Papers has been launched with the deadline for synopses of 23 October. Full details and online submission form are at www.inec.org.uk.

Cdr Matt Bolton RN is chairing his first INEC: “The INEC theme this year is Engineering the Triple A Navy: Active, Adaptive, Affordable and provides a unique and uncompromising forum for professional engineers and technologists from across the world’s navies, defence industries and academic establishments to share the very latest thinking and developments in warship and submarine design and operation, ” he explains.

“A truly international event, INEC consistently attracts attendees from over 15 countries and with a growing appeal based on an unrivalled track record seeks to expand this global interest. The Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station will provide both a historic backdrop and an exceptional networking facility that will enable the best minds in naval engineering to challenge and debate the issues of today and tomorrow.

“In the coming weeks and months I will be encouraging debate via social media and even if you can only participate through one of these channels, please join the discussions.”

Organised by FIGS Events on behalf of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), INEC 2016 is the foremost professional event in the naval engineer’s calendar. As Cdr Bolton explains “IMarEST Learned Society events have always inspired wide-ranging and thought provoking debate, and I look forward to some lively technical discussions not only through social media but during the conference next April.”

INEC 2016 is set to attract over 300 expert participants, 75 peer-reviewed technical papers, and features the Sir Donald Gosling Award for presentations by those aged 35 and under. It will host a highly focussed exhibition; and offers excellent networking opportunities and social programme, as well as industrial visits.

Sir Donald Gosling Award
The Sir Donald Gosling Award will once again be held in association with INEC. There are three prizes (first prize £5, 000, second prize £2, 500, and third prize £1, 500). Financial awards will be shared equally between named joint authors aged 35 and under at the time of the conference. Those wishing to enter should submit a synopsis via the Call for Papers process.

On Sir Donald’s behalf the prizes are awarded by Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST.  “Since INEC 2010, Sir Donald Gosling’s generosity in funding his Award, has encouraged young engineers to present their ideas and innovations to a worldwide audience, ” he explains. “Rapidly emerging as a key component of INEC, there have been some inspired technical papers and presentations with the number of entries doubling at INEC 2014 – competition for the top three prizes is set to become highly competitive in 2016.

“A clear winner, and a very popular one in 2014 securing the first prize of £5, 000 was Dominic Burger of the UK Naval Design Partnership (NDP). Dominic was on contract from Stellar Systems Ltd and graduated from University College London in 2004. His paper anticipates the time when Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) would operate from aircraft carriers and he described the design of a carrier which will operate only UAVs and no manned aircraft. He reasoned that this would allow a completely flush, split-level flight deck with no island. His design was, of course, much smaller than the Queen Elizabeth Class with a greatly reduced complement. Dominic’s paper was technically strong and was a perfect fit for the theme of the conference in 2014 which was ‘Innovative Solutions to Global Trends’.

“I urge all young engineers to consider entering for this prestigious award. Innovation is at the heart of the IMarEST’s Learned Society events and this Award is rapidly becoming well-recognised and a powerful platform for highlighting the exceptional talent amongst our aspiring young engineers and innovators.”

Who attends INEC?
INEC attracts attendance from navies, commercial and military ship operators, designers and shipbuilders, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, universities and other defence related organisations. Attendance from government includes key stakeholders from navies and naval procurement officials from over 10 countries at all levels between Lieutenant and Vice Admiral. Commercial attendance includes a wide range of companies from prime contractors to SMEs from over 15 countries.

Further information
Further information on all aspects of INEC 2016 including sponsorship and the exhibition is at www.inec.org.uk and frominec@figsevents.co.uk.  Registration will open in the New Year; and all non-IMarEST member participants will be made IMarEST Affiliate Members for one calendar year, giving instant access to Institute services.

INEC 2016 Technical Advisory Committee and Patrons
The Technical Advisory Committee is a group of experts formed from the defence industry, academia and the military with the aim to develop and steer the technical programme for the event.

INEC 2016 Technical Advisory Committee includes:
• Chairman: Cdr Matt Bolton RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Dr Sal Ahmed, Office of Naval Research Global
• Jens Ballé, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH
• Lt Alex Davies RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Lt Cdr Rinze Geertsma RNLN, Delft University of Technology
• Ian Grant, QinetiQ
• Dr Alistair Greig, University College London
• Tim Hardy, BMT Defence Services Ltd
• Lt Cdr Ian Hassall RN, Ministry of Defence, UK
• Keith Howard, Babcock International Group
• Paul Maillardet
• Cdr (E) Mats Nordin RSwN, FOI Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden
• Benjamin Thorp, Rolls-Royce plc
• Dr Phil Rottier, The MathWorks
• Oliver Simmonds, GE Marine
• Rear Admiral ME (ret) Klaas Visser, Delft University of Technology
• Cdr John Voyce RN, Ministry of Defence, UK

INEC 2016 Patrons:
• Vice Admiral Sir Robert Hill KBE FREng HonFIMarEST
• Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE
• Rear Admiral Nigel Guild CB FREng
• Rear Admiral (Ret) Ruurd Lutje Schipholt KNL OON HonFIMarEST
• Rear Admiral Dr Arie Jan de Waard
• Cdre John Newell MBE RN (Rtd), BAE Systems, UK

What is IMarEST?

IMarEST is the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. With over 16, 000 members in 128 countries, the IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

In addition to a wide range of services, including publishing The Marine Professional, the Institute organises learned society events for its members and the wider industry, these include: the Engine As A Weapon International Symposia (EAAW); Marine Electrical and Control Systems Safety Conference (MECSS) and the International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC); the learned society events are organised by FIGS Events Limited on behalf of IMarEST.

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