Event: Oceanology International 2016
Dates: Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 March 2016
Venue: ExCeL London, UK
Organised by: Reed Exhibitions Limited Further information from: www.oceanologyinternational.com and OITeam@reedexpo.co.uk
Note to Editors: Press registration open at https://www.livebuzzreg.co.uk/2016/oi16/press/



Oceanology International (OI2016), the world’s largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference opens in two weeks’ time at ExCeL London (15-17 March). Online registration is open at www.oceanologyinternational.com – the three day event is free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interests.

The facts and figures associated with the biennial event speak for themselves:

• Exhibition: The largest OI in its 47 year history – more than 520 exhibiting companies from 33 countries filling over 8,500m2 of stand space. There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and US national group stands at OI 2016; 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 8,500 m2 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.

• 11 vessels ranging in length from 12.5m to 53m on display in the Royal Victoria Dock, literally outside the exhibition hall. Some will be demonstrating equipment; others will be used for receptions and staging exhibits of equipment

• Waterborne demonstrations of equipment throughout the three days by four companies

Conference: the largest in OI’s history. The OI2016 Conference features 10 streams and over a hundred speakers
o Aquaculture
o Green shipping (looking primarily at invasive species)
o Handling big data
o Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics
o Marine renewables
o Marine technology and services sector role in the Blue Economy
o Monitoring structural integrity understanding risk and reliability
o Oil & Gas: What’s next for ageing offshore assets?
o Positioning & metrology
o Unmanned vehicles and vessels showcase

• Additionally in the Trade & Innovation Theatre on the exhibition floor
o Clusters, Collaboration and a common blue voice
o Oiltech: ‘Meet the Investor’ seminar
o Open Ocean & Coastal Observation Workshop
o Near and Far Market Trading: UK, France, Scotland, USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia o New Products Showcase

• A range of special seminars and workshops organised by exhibitors/supporting organisations in the South Gallery Rooms including:
o XPRIZE Workshop: Design a Prize – the “Blue Button Challenge”
o Technology Cluster Workshop
o National Oceanography Centre’s series of presentations and networking events
o IMCA Shared vehicle-borne sensor for ROV and offshore survey applications workshop
o ALSEAMAR’s conference (with Total) on the SeaExplorer glider with hydrocarbon sensor
o And the OI2016 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)

• Networking: the OI2016 OceanSocial programme provides plenty of networking opportunities

Conference on the eve of OI2016 -  Even before OI2016 opens, the Catch the Next Wave Conference will be held the day before at the Royal Institution on 14 March. The event takes a longer term view of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, exploit and protect the oceans.

The objective is to stimulate creative thinking in areas such as artificial intelligence, autonomous inspection and coordination of multiple robotic vehicles and for delegates to leave the conference buzzing with new ideas that will lead to new research and business opportunities. www.ctnwconference.com/

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.

 Looking back
• In 2014 there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of more than 8,400 industry professionals

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


CAPTION: Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014

Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

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 on 14 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.
• Press registration for OI 2016 is open at https://www.livebuzzreg.co.uk/2016/oi16/press/
• Separate press releases on all OI2016 conference sessions can be found at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Oi-News/Press-releases-/
• Our preview material ‘What They’re Showing’ is online at http://bit.ly/1TJQsXk or 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 available from Judith Patten. Both sorts of information can be tailored to your requirements on length, content and deadline

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Endorsing Associations