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Oceanology International 2014 is held biennially and is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world's oceans. The next conference in the series will be held in London, England, March 7 to 11, 2014.
In 2012, 7,669 individuals from all over the globe took advantage of what was on offer.
For 2014, all the component parts are firmly in place. The world's largest exhibition for the marine science and technology sectors will feature 520 exhibiting companies from more than 35 countries taking an additional 10 percent more space than at the record-breaking 2012 event. The agenda-setting conferences cover not only the tools of the trade but the uses to which they are put by a variety of individual sectors. There will be visiting vessels and waterside demonstrations, show features and networking opportunities. All are entirely free to attend.
'Underwater Positioning and Metrology' will begin with a series of presentations on the theme of project-specific applications of underwater positioning and measurement techniques and then move to highly relevant panel discussions.
'Ocean Observing Systems 1' will start with a keynote presentation by Dr. Harry Kolar of IBM and the highly topical 'The Results of Oceanology Investigations of the Arctic Expedition from August to September 2013' by Oleg Bukin of Russia's Maritime State University.
'Marine Renewables—Survey, Installation and Maintenance' will feature sessions on marine renewables policy and overview; project development to preconstruction; commissioning and construction; and operation, maintenance and monitoring.
The day will also see the first of three new panel discussions for Oceanology International. This first-half day session is on 'Subsea Mining,' a topic set to drive demand for marine technology in the near future.
'Ocean Observing Systems II' will comprise presentations from Germany, the U.S. and China on ocean observing/habitat, publishing data, ocean education and a green global ocean network. The session will finish at lunchtime.
The half day 'Maritime Communications' will focus on the real-world applications of subsea wireless communications and their practical limitation and considerations.
'Underwater Security' will examine new and emerging technologies to support underwater security, threat assessment and decision making, intelligence and data handling, people and process, sensor integration and information fusion, and examples of government/private sector/academic partnerships. Split into two parts, 'Operating in Extreme Environments' will focus on deep-water operations in the morning and operating in the Arctic, under the conference spotlight, in the afternoon.
The second day's discussions on another topic new to Oceaonology International will be on 'Aquaculture.' The day-long session will incorporate a wide range of production systems and species types, with sessions on aquaculture in oceanic environments, automated activities and remote sensing, location of aquaculture operations with other marine industry, and water treatment and processing.
The Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase will be staged in cooperation with the Society for Underwater Technology and will feature current analysis of the AUV and ROV market and technology presentations from the industry.
'Hydrography and Geophysics—Offshore Site Investigations' will feature an opening keynote address by Mick Cook, director of MRC Consultants, entitled 'Introduction of the SUT OSIG Committee Guidance Document for Offshore Wind Farm Site Investigations,' and will also explore data compilation and manipulation, GIS and visualization, and the way forward for geophysical and geotechnical integration. The half-day panel discussion on 'Ballast Water—New Business Opportunities from Emerging Legislation' is set to explore the exciting new business opportunities that will be created by the emerging legislation and further delve into some of the challenges.
The traditional Oceanology International Careers Day aimed at graduates and undergraduates from all relevant U.K. universities will complete the conference lineup.
Not only will visiting vessels and waterside demonstrations be accessible on the dockside, just next to the exhibition hall, this year's Oceanology International will also feature a new Innovation Zone, held in collaboration with the Oiltech Investment Network with the aim of connecting innovative technology providers with access to funding opportunities. Spillex, which focuses on the prevention of, and response to, environmental incidents in the marine environment will complete the feature lineup.
Full Oceanology International 2014 information and free online registration is available at www.oceanologyinternational.com.
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The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time: