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Even more to Oceanology International 2016…

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Exhibitions offer a chance to see and discuss new technology. Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014, credit to: Trevor Smeaton

Exhibitions offer a chance to see and discuss new technology. Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014, credit to: Trevor Smeaton


The world’s largest marine science and ocean technology event, Oceanology International 2016 (ExCeL London,  15-17 March), not only features a record-breaking exhibition (the largest in its 47-year history) and a conference comprising 10 highly topical streams featuring 108 speakers over the three days, but a host of associated events and features. Online registration is open at www.oceanologyinternational.com with free admission to all the show’s component parts.

“It’s going to be a highly stimulating three days, with plenty to interest our wide-ranging audience of end-users who share an interest in and commitment to the technology and science behind global ocean exploration, exploitation and protection, ” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of organisers Reed Exhibitions.

“Vessels and dock-side demonstrations; a programme of exciting events in our Trade & Innovation Theatre on the exhibition showfloor; and the South Gallery rooms being used for a growing number of events as well as for our 10-stream conference all play a part. Networking will be very much the order of the day, both on the evening before OI opens with the ever-popular ‘Icebreaker’ for exhibitors; and within the exhibition at the end of the first day allowing business to continue over a relaxed couple of hours until 19:00.

About the features and associated events
“Briggs Marine, CMS-Geotech, emma technologies, Hays Ships, Kongsberg Maritime, NDT Offshore, Norbit Subsea, the Port of London Authority and Teledyne Marine have already confirmed vessels coming to OI 2016; and DWTEK-Tritech; RTSYS, SeaBotix and Seafloor Systems are amongst those staging dockside demonstrations and making use of our seated area for their guests, ” he adds. “We are expecting more vessels and more demonstrations to be confirmed in the coming weeks.”

The Trade & Innovation Theatre events include:

  • ‘Near & Far Market Trading’ offering new investment, export and partnership opportunities for exhibiting and visiting organisations (15 and 17 March)
  • ‘Open Ocean & Coastal Observatories Workshop’ (15 March; 14:00-17:00, organised by SLR Consulting)
  • ‘Clusters, Collaboration & a Common Blue Voice’ (16 March; 13:00-14:30) an event featuring The Maritime Alliance (TMA),   partners in the inaugural Oceanology International North America in San Diego (15-17 February 2017)
  • The ‘Meet the Investor’ Seminar (16 March; 10:00-12:30 organised by the Oiltech Investment Network), followed by the ‘invitation only’ ‘Meet the Investor Workshop’ (13:00-17:00)
  • And the OI 2016 New Products Showcase on the afternoons of 16 and 17 March.Programmes and fuller information on all of these events is at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Whats-On/Trade–Innovation-Theatre/
The programme for events in ExCeL’s South Gallery is growing and includes:
  • XPRIZE Workshop: Design a Prize – the “Blue Button Challenge” (15 March, afternoon, time tbc)
  • ‘Technology Cluster Workshop’ (16 March; 09:30-11:30 organised by SLR Consulting and open to all)
  • ‘IMCA ROV Workshop’ (16 March; 13:30-17:00 – events@ imca-int.com for free registration)
  • ALSEAMAR’s conference (with Total) on the SeaExplorer glider with hydrocarbon sensor (17 March; 10:00 – 16:45)
  • And the OI 2016 Careers Day on 17 March organised in association with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).

“And, of course, there is a growing calendar of events taking place on stands throughout the three days, ” adds Jonathan Heastie. “All of these events and features, set against the ‘pillars’ of OI, the exhibition and multi-stream conference,  add up to make OI 2016 an unmissable event for all involved in every aspect of ocean technology and marine science.”

Careers Day
Careers Day is aimed at students, graduates and post graduates seeking future career opportunities in the marine science and technology related fields.

The morning session is hosted by the SUT Young Professionals Committee enabling attending students to hear first-hand accounts from SUT’s young professionals of their journeys from graduation to securing jobs and the exciting ways their work is contributing to the marine industry (registration in advance to Claire.martin@reedexpo.co.uk).

The afternoon session takes the form of the IMarEST Careers Workshop providing an introduction to researching and applying for job opportunities. Spaces are limited and registration in advance to events@imarest.org is recommended.

The pillars of OI 2016
There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and US national group stands at OI 2016, as well as a diving pavilion; and individual exhibitors come from 32 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA. Together they take up over 8, 000m2 of stand space making OI 2016 the largest ever held in its 47-year history. In 2014 there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of over 8, 400 industry professionals.

Conference topics this year are ‘Ocean Observing Systems: Marine technology and services sector role in the Blue Economy’; ‘Positioning & Metrology’; ‘Marine Renewables’; ‘Green Shipping’; ‘What’s next for Ageing Offshore Assets (for the offshore oil and gas industry)’; ‘Monitoring Structural Integrity: Understanding risk and reliability’; ‘Handling Big Data’; ‘Aquaculture’; ‘Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics’; and the Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase’.

OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organisations.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International including visitor registration is available online atwww.oceanologyinternational.com and OITeam@reedexpo.co.uk

About Oceanology International
Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine science and ocean technology 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 2016 (15-17 March 2016, ExCeL London, UK): will build on the success of the 2014 show, which attracted 8, 410 participants – an increase of 10% over 2014. 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 2016 Now in its third edition, Catch the Next Wave is an exclusive conference taking place on14 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, with a focus this year on next generation robotics and automation.  www.ctnwconference.com
  • Oceanology International China 2016 The fourth show in the annual series will be held 9-11 November 2016, 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
  • Oceanology International North America 2017 (14-16 February, 2017, San Diego Convention Center). The launch of this biennial conference and exhibition is in line to attract more than 2, 000 marine energy professionals and 250 paying conference delegates. www.oceanologyinternationalnorthamerica.com
  • Further press information:

Issued on behalf of Oceanology International 2016 by Judith Patten @ JPPR. Email: judithpatten@jppr.uk.com; Tel: +44 (0)20 8241 1912; Fax: +44 (0)20 8940 6211.

  • Photographs taken at Oceanology International 2014 are available from Judith Patten.
  • Our preview material ‘What They’re Showing’ (currently runs to well over 30 pages, but more will be available shortly!) is now available on request from Judith Patten. It includes news of exhibitor launches and other featured exhibits; a diary of events at OI 2016 is also being put together. Both sorts of information can be tailored to your requirements on length, content and deadline.

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Marcus Smith March 19, 2016 - 9:05 AM

Great show!


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