As the biggest international sea technology show this year, Ocean Business is hosting a number of free to attend high profile meetings and industry events when it takes place from 9th to 11th April 2019 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.
A particular highlight is Enterprise Europe’s B2B matchmaking event, taking place on Wednesday 10th April. This is a free event designed to bring together potential business partners during pre-arranged 20 minute meetings. It provides business development opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors who are interested in marine engineering, maritime defence, environmental monitoring and pollution control, ports and harbours, and marine autonomous systems.
Cheri Arvonio, Ocean Business’ event manager, explained: “We are particularly excited about the B2B matchmaking event – Ocean Business is all about the industry coming together and maximising opportunities for business, so this perfectly complements our philosophy. We also have a number of exceptional industry events from some of the biggest organisations in the industry – all offering free learning, knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. We’ll also be releasing more information about further events in the run up to the show.”
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is the UK’s leading institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. In a series of interactive events held over the three days, the NOC will be reaching out to the community to understand the needs of the industry in terms of science and technology to support the future of the sector. Discussions will focus around ships and equipment chartering, official development assistance (ODA), marine science and technology, and marine data products. These free events provide the perfect opportunity to help steer the direction of science and technology for the good of the industry.
Another important event of particular interest for marine spatial planning (MSP), blue growth sectors, and policy and regulation, is the ATLAS workshop. ATLAS is a four-year EU project assessing Atlantic deep-sea ecosystems to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable blue growth, marine conservation and resource use in a changing climate. In a workshop on Wednesday 10th April, exhibitors and visitors are invited to hear about the latest project results and join the discussion over refreshments.
For those interested in driving innovation and competitiveness, Marine South East will be holding a workshop on Tuesday 9th April, focusing on how a number of key enabling technologies are driving innovation and business in the maritime sector. Up for discussion will be technologies such as micro and nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics and advanced manufacturing technologies. The workshop will help companies understand how these technologies can transform their business.
For all those interested in BlueTech clusters, The Maritime Alliance are hosting a meeting on Monday 8th April, the day before the show opens. Bringing together academia, industry and policy maker to create a ‘Blue Voice’, 10 leading BlueTech clusters from eight countries will meet to discuss how member clusters and member companies can collaborate and explore ways to work with developing clusters globally. Anyone who is interested in BlueTech clusters are invited to attend. Contact The Maritime Alliance for further information on attending.
This year’s Ocean Business offers so much for visitors with over 360 exhibitors from across the globe, a training and demonstration programme with more than 184 hours of sessions, Ocean Careers providing career and recruitment advice, and a full line-up of enjoyable social events for informal networking. Other associated industry events will be announced over the next few weeks.
For free registration for Ocean Business and associated events, visit www.oceanbusiness.com. The show will take place from 9th to 11th April 2019 at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.