12–14 March 2024
London, Excel

Catch the Next Wave

Solutions at the Ocean-Climate Nexus

Join us at Catch the Next Wave, a ground-breaking conference where leading experts will unveil cutting-edge solutions leveraging the ocean's immense potential. Explore revolutionary renewable energy sources, innovative ecosystem restoration strategies, and sustainable future-building initiatives. Connect with a passionate community of changemakers and be part of the solution that turns the tide on these critical challenges.

In the words of Professor Sir David King ‘We can’t sit by and just watch these things happen.’

Key themes to be discussed across a full day program include:

  • The Energy Transition
  • Climate Repair, Beyond Net Zero & the Role of the Ocean
  • Protecting & Restoring the Earth's Living Systems
  • The Future of Key Enabling Technologies from Sensors & Robotics to AI, Analytics & Digital Twins.
  • Innovating the Ocean Economy of the Future

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Check out the full package:

  • 10 Climate Thought Leaders
  • Exclusive Networking
  • Lunch provided
  • Coffee all day
  • Access to the Show Floor
  • Complimentary Show Guide
  • Digital Offer Bag
  • Post-Event Get Together


For only £295 +VAT

THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2024


The climate and biodiversity crisis: The Big Picture

Session Chair: Professor Ralph Rayner
Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment and Oceanology International Conference Chair
09:50-10:00


Opening Keynote: Rising to the Challenge

What are the key impacts of climate change and why do they constitute an existential threat?  How much time do we have to mitigate the causes and adapt to the impacts? 

Professor Sir David King
Founder, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge/Chair, Climate Crisis Advisory Group
10:00-10:20


Opening Keynote: Solutions at the Ocean-Climate Nexus

What role can the ocean play in solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises?  How does innovation support the evaluation and implementation of these ocean solutions?

Brad Ack
Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Visions
10:20-10:40


Q&A

10:40-10:50


Coffee Break - Refreshments will be served in SG Rooms 10 & 11

10:50-11:10


The Energy Transition

Session Chair: Professor Ralph Rayner
Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment and Oceanology International Conference Chair


Powering the Future

What are the key components and timing of an energy transition supporting delivery of net zero by 2050?

Marcius Extavour
Former Chief Climate Solutions Officer, Time CO2/Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President Climate and Energy, XPrize
11:10-11:30


Energy from the Ocean

What role does ocean renewable energy play in delivering net zero?  How can ocean renewable energy be captured in ways that also contribute to the protection and recovery of ocean biodiversity and ecosystem services? 

Benj Sykes
Vice President, Offshore. Head of Environment, Consenting & External Affairs at Ørsted and President, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
11:30-11:50


Climate Repair

Session Chair: Brad Ack
Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Visions


Beyond Net Zero

How can greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere contribute to the delivery of net zero and beyond?

Kelly Wanser
Executive Director, SilverLining
11:50-12:10


Beyond Net Zero: The Role of the Ocean in Climate Repair

What are the options for ocean based carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere?  How do we evaluate their potential?

Professor Ed Hill
Chief Executive of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
12:10-12:30


Protecting The Earth’s Living Systems

Making People Care

How the medium of film can be used to help to raise awareness of the issues facing our planet.

Elizabeth White
Executive Producer, BBC Studios Natural History Unit
12:30-12:50


Restoring the Ocean

How can we best protect the vital biodiversity and ecosystem services provided by the ocean?

Professor Helen Findlay
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)
12:50-13:10


Lunch will be served downstairs in the CentrEd Reception

13:10-14:00


The Future Evolution of Key Enabling Technologies

Session Chair: Dan Hook
CEO, RAD Propulsion & Consultant Marine Technologist


Sensors

What is the likely future for sensor technology able to contribute to understanding, protecting and utilizing the ocean?

Jyotika Virmani
Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)
14:00-14:20


Robotics

How might the future evolution of robotics contribute to understanding, protecting and utilizing the ocean?

Justin Manley
Just Innovation Inc and President Marine Technology Society (MTS)
14:20-14:40


Analytics, Digital Twins and Artificial Intelligence

How is artificial intelligence likely to develop in the future?

Professor Mike Wooldridge
Professor of Computer Science, Oxford University
14:40-15:00


Coffee Break - Refreshments will be served in SG Rooms 10 & 11

15:00-15:30


Catching The Next Wave: Innovating the Ocean Economy of the Future

The Ocean Economy of the future

How will the ocean economy be transformed through meeting the urgent need for solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises?

Moderator: Claire Jolly
Head Ocean Economy & Space Economy, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
15:30-15:50


Panel Discussion

A panel discussion moderated by Claire Jolly exploring the role of innovation in enabling solutions at the ocean-climate nexus.

Panellists:

  • Professor Helen Findlay, Biological Oceanographer, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Professor Ed Hill, Chief Executive of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
  • Justin Manley, Just Innovation Inc and President Marine Technology Society (MTS)
  • Benj Sykes, Vice President, Offshore. Head of Environment, Consenting & External Affairs at Ørsted and President, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
  • Dr Jyotika Virmani, Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)
  • Professor Mike Wooldridge, Professor of Computer Science, Oxford University

15:50-16:50