The biennial London-based exhibition and conference being held Tuesday 13 - Thursday 15 March 2012, ExCeL, London, UK, is a 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.
The event hosts the world’s leading exhibition, where cutting edge suppliers of technologies and services are all easy to visit in one place, alongside a programme that offers nearly 60 presentations in six one-day conferences.
The Oceanology International Education Programme is free for all attendees to the event. It represents an excellent opportunity via its extensive technical programme to showcase the latest developments and thinking from the marine science and ocean technology industry.
For 2012 the programme will focus on key technology areas as well as the key industry sectors engaging with marine science and ocean technology:
New end-user Pavilions
- Navigation & Positioning
- Marine Renewables
- Ocean Observation & Forecasting
- Maritime Security
- Hydrography & Geophysics
- Oil & Gas
Oceanology International will also feature pavilions dedicated to providing information and showcasing key suppliers for specific end-user markets and from key nations:
- Renewable Energy pavilion (in partnership with RenewableUK)
- Security pavilion (supported by UKTI DSO, the Royal Navy, and the Society of Maritime Industries Security Group)
- Diving pavilion (supported by the Association of Diving Contractors)
- International pavilions
“Space has been booked and reserved by exhibitors from all over the world; the conference committee chairmen are in place for the key industry sectors – oil and gas, offshore renewable energy; and marine security - and for the technology topics – navigation and positioning, ocean observation, and survey; and a programme of associated events and features is rapidly taking shape,” explains exhibition manager, James Coleman from Reed Exhibitions’ Energy & Marine Group. “This year’s exhibition will be larger than ever; and we have an exciting range of new pavilions highlighting some of the different aspects of Oceanology International whose exhibitors serve the interests of over a dozen different industry sectors.”
These new pavilions include the RenewableUK pavilion highlighting exhibitors who have a particular focus on the offshore renewable sector; the Marine Security pavilion run partnership with SMI – this pavilion will also host SMI and AMSI’s stand; the ADC UK Dive pavilion providing opportunities to companies involved in commercial diving with an information point, hosted by ADC, to help visitors quickly and easily identify suppliers; the MTS US pavilion – Oceanology International’s first-ever US pavilion highlighting companies from the USA who have not previously participated in the biennial event; and the First Time Exhibitors pavilion.
“This last pavilion, surrounding the event bar, has been redeveloped to provide first-timers with a higher profile,” explains James. “Of course both the RenewableUK and Marine Security pavilions not only allow long-established suppliers to exhibit, but those eager to break into the renewables or security sectors. We are delighted too to welcome back the Interspill exhibition and conference which will once again run alongside Oceanology International for the first time since 2006.”
Visitors will also be able to attend a Vessels and Demonstrations Programme, located at the ExCeL dockside, where vessels of many disciplines from around the world come to demonstrate new technologies and host networking functions.Catch the Next Wave
Oceanology International is also hosting the Catch the Next Wave conference, on 12th March, London, Royal Institution of Great Britain. Co-organised with New Scientist, this conference will include presentations by global experts on key disruptive technologies and their application in the marine sector.
The conference’s theme is ‘Tomorrow’s solutions to today’s ocean challenges’, and it is set to ensure readiness, and will get off to a flying start with a keynote address by Graham Hawkes of Deep Ocean Engineering and Virgin Oceanic.
“Getting Graham Hawkes as the keynote speaker is a real coup. He is the Leonardo of submarine design,” says Jeremy Webb, editor-in-chief of New Scientist. “Over the past decade he has built a series of machines that outperform the rest. He mixes cutting-edge engineering, science and design to build the most imaginative creations.
“Catch the Next Wave will not only inform people about developments in marine science and technology, it will also highlight the latest thinking across the board in six vital fields, from nanotechnology to power sources and robotics,” adds Jeremy. “I’m looking forwards to some really surprising conclusions emerging from the meeting.”
The conference, aptly being held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London, home to two centuries of scientific and technological breakthroughs, and the oldest research body in the world, takes a long-term view of the capabilities that will shape our future to explore, understand, predict and exploit the oceans. Catch the Next Wave includes presentations by leading world authorities on key disruptive and emerging technologies – power sources, sensors, nanotechnology, materials, robotics and cyber infrastructure. Their thoughts will be complemented by presentations from their counterparts working at the highest level in marine research and the ocean industries highlighting where these disruptive technologies, and their applications, are migrating to, and already emerging in the marine sector.
Taking place on the eve of Oceanology International 2012, Catch the Next Wave will be the subject of a special supplement published by New Scientist. It is supported by the Society for Underwater Technology; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology and the Marine Technology Society.
“Oceanology International is a unique event; there is nowhere else where such a broad range of providers of technologies and users of technologies and the applications of technology come together,” says the event’s conference chairman, Ralph Rayner, professorial research fellow, London School of Economics; and sector director, energy and environment for the BMT Group. “It is an event where people can share ideas and where they can migrate applications from one area to another.”Oceanology International
13 - 15 March 2012, London, ExCeL
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway,
London, E16 1XL
Registration is open for Oceanology International with its 525 exhibitors from 29 countries (as at early January) and both the exhibition and conference are free to attend.
For further information please visit: www.oceanologyinternational.com