Ocean Futures Forum

Insights into the development of a sustainable Blue Economy

Tuesday 17th March, 10:00-16:00
Location: Platinum Suite Rooms 3 – 5, Excel London

This edition of the Ocean Futures Forum will focus on exploring the science and technology needs of the future Blue Economy. Leading speakers from industry, academia and government will give their perspectives on emerging uses of the ocean and ocean resources and the challenges of delivering a growing ocean economy, while protecting the ocean environment.

Opening Address

10:00 - 10:30
Welcome & Introduction

Speaker: Professor Ralph Rayner, President, Society for Underwater Technology

View session
9:45 - 10:20
Global Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Claire Jolly, Head of Unit, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

View session

Regional perspectives

10:30 - 11:30
US Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Deerin Babb-Brott, Principal Assistant Director for Oceans and Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

View session
10:30 - 11:30
European Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Bernhard Friess, Director Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, European Commission, DG MARE

View session

11:30-11:45
Morning break

The blue in the Blue economy

11:45 - 12:15
Environmental Implications of Developments in the Ocean Economy

Speaker: Mark Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation

Speaker: Speaker TBC

View session

Delivering the UN SDGs

12:15 - 12:45
The Role of Science in Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Speaker: Martin Visbeck, President, Oceanographic Society

View session

12:45 – 13:45
Lunch Break

Sector Perspectives (moderated by Ralph Rayner)

13:45 - 15:15
Ocean Mining

Speaker: Chris Williams, Managing Director, UK seabed resources

View session
13:45 - 15:15
Floating Wind

Speaker: Dan Kyle Spearman, Offshore Wind Manager, The Carbon Trust

View session
13:45 - 15:15
Autonomous Shipping

Speaker: Anita Teo, Technical Lead in System Design, Maritime Autonomous Operation, Kongsberg

View session

Panel Discussion

15:15 – 15:55
Speaker Panel

Speaker: 3 sector Specialists join together to form a panel

View session

Closing remarks

15:55 – 16:00
Thank-you & Final remarks

Speaker:Professor Ralph Rayner President, Society for Underwater Technology

View session

In partnership with

Endorsing Associations

We use cookies to operate this website and to improve its usability. Full details of what cookies are, why we use them and how you can manage them can be found by reading our Privacy & Cookies page. Please note that by using this site you are consenting to the use of cookies.