10-12 March 2026
London, Excel

Ocean Enterprise Initiative Dialogues

Under the Ocean Enterprise, the Marine Technology Society (MTS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are bringing together the private, public, and academic sectors practitioners, policy makers, funders, and scientist to discuss two important topics for the Ocean Enterprise: Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal and Understanding which standards are needed to accelerate the Ocean Enterprise. These two dialogues will showcase expert presentations and industry-focused discussions.

Ocean Enterprise Action Pathway: What Standards are Needed to Accelerate the Ocean Enterprise? 

Location: Oceanology International, Excel, London
                   South Gallery Room 5

Date and Time: Tuesday 12th March 2024

During the MTS/GOOS/NOAA Dialogues with Industry series, “standards” were raised in all four sessions. We heard that standards are limiting commercial growth, are needed to even the playing field, and can help de-risk investments. But what does this really look like and where can we make the most progress? Furthermore, there are many different categories of standards (i.e., specifications, codes of practice, methods, and guides) and various information technology, devices, equipment, machines, and infrastructure upon which to apply standards (e.g., cables, connectors, interfaces between platforms and sensors, communications protocols, autonomy, data, etc.).  We challenge you to come to this session ready to discuss the types of standards that will help you most, your challenges in achieving and enforcing a standard, and concrete next steps. The session will provide a platform for dialogue across the Ocean Enterprise and relevant standard bodies to clarify which standards are necessary and what actionable steps can be taken to advance those standards.

Speakers: Moderated by Donna Kocak, L3 Harris and Zdenka Willis, MTS

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

New Markets: Opportunities and Challenges in Marine Carbon Dioxide Removal Research and Development

Location: Oceanology International, Excel, London
                   South Gallery Room 5

Date and Time: Tuesday 12th March 2024

This Ocean Enterprise dialogue is a practitioner-focused event that will discuss the current development and science in the field of mCDR (marine carbon dioxide removal). This dialogue will convene industry leaders, public sector experts and experts from various governments to discuss the current understanding of the environmental monitoring needs and how the private sector can be part of the co-design for ocean observing technology to support baseline observations as well as opportunities for commercialization and realistic pathways for advancing mCDR technologies. Join us for in-depth presentations and engaging discussions on the future of mCDR and its impact on the Blue Economy. The workshop will focus on the following themes:

Introduction to mCDR: the community perspective: This theme will provide an overview of the state of mCDR science, the importance of carbon observing to the mCDR community and will outline the major contributors to the mCDR field. In addition to providing a scientific primer, this theme will demonstrate the need and potential for the field to scale. 

mCDR Research and Development Opportunities: Expanding on the previous session, this session will dive deeper into trends and developments in mCDR technologies, particularly in terms of monitoring, reporting and verification from an industry perspective. The session will also address the business models, financing mechanisms, and market opportunities for mCDR technologies. This session will also discuss best practices for engaging the Ocean Enterprise to position itself as a leader in the advancement of the MCDR community.

The Dialogue will feature a range of industry and government leaders, including:

  • Dr. Liza Wright-Fairbanks, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Chris Pearce, National Oceanography Centre
  • Sophie Gill, Isometric
  • Mónica Larrazábal, SeaO2
  • Emma Heslop, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
  • Anna Madlener, Carbon to Sea

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.