Oceanology International London call for abstracts: Returning vacationers ask for more time

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.

Oceanology International is held in partnership with The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and endorsed by The Hydrographic Society, IMarEST, IMCA, Marine Technology Society, and the Society of Maritime Industries with a strong list of other supporting organisations and media partners.

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

Location: London, UK

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