Taking active position
With active involvement in the conference programme; a raft of associated events and on-stand activities; and a key role in Careers Day’ the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology is taking its most active position ever in Oceanology International (OI 2014) – the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology taking place Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 March 2014 at London’s ExCeL.
“We are proud to be a supporting organisation of this influential event,” says IMarEST’s Chief Executive, David Loosley. “I am delighted to see such strong involvement by our science and technology experts, Special Interest Groups, and key individuals. We are also supporting Catch the Next Wave, the associated one-day conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 10 March in advance of the opening of OI 2014 the next day.
“The conference will be taking a longer-term view of some of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, use and protect our oceans. The objective is to stimulate creative thinking in areas such as materials science, sensor technology and complex systems and for delegates to leave the conference buzzing with new ideas that will lead to new research and business opportunities, it is certainly going to be a highly stimulating day.“
IMarEST in the OI 2014 conference programme
IMarEST’s Senior Technical Manager, Dr Bev MacKenzie will be speaking on behalf of the Institute’s Operation Oceanography Special Interest Group (OOSIG) in the Operational Oceanography Conference on Tuesday 11 May in a panel discussion on Why is the marine space so important to operate in and how can the different sectors participate in and advance ocean observing?’. IMarEST’S OOSIG is the leading force behind the Institute’s biannual Journal of Operational Oceanography’ – the latest issue will be available on their stand (B700).
Dr MacKenzie will also be chairing and speaking in the newly introduced Ballast Water panel discussion on Thursday 13 March, along with members of the Institute’s Ballast Water Expert Group.
She explains: “The OI 2014 ballast water panel discussion is designed to look at opportunities for companies and research organisations to create new business opportunities, and tap into potential research funding, in regard to the science and technology that will be required to enforce the Ballast Water Convention.
“The opportunities under the conference spotlight at OI will primarily involve areas such as monitoring and sampling. We will be asking, and discussing, whether some existing monitoring technologies can be used and how research can effective. For example, could remote sensing look at plankton from space in order to detect harmful algal blooms; and could this be a method for determining whether a vessel has come through a high risk area?
“The results of the discussion at OI will, no doubt, be further discussed at the wide-ranging and highly topical 3rd IMarEST Ballast Water Technology Conference being held 27-28 March in central London just prior to MEPC 66 at IMO – www.imarest.org/BWT.“
IMarEST’s Senior Technical Advisor, Dr Philoméne Verlann will speak on Responsible Deep Sea Mining: The International Marine Minerals Society’s Marine Mining Code’ in another newly introduced panel discussion on Subsea Mining taking place on the afternoon of 11 March. Again, this is designed to look at the new and exciting applications being created for ocean technologies.
Associated events – from fluid mud to metocean
IMarEST is involved with two events in the OI 2014 Associated Events’ programme. Fluid Mud in Ports and Navigation: Management Today and in the Future’; and Meet the Metocean Expert’.
HR Wallingford in association with the IMarEST and supported by PIANC and CEDA will be hosting the Fluid Mud workshop on Tuesday 11 March. A wide range of themes will be presented during the afternoon, with expert speakers attending the event presenting on topics such as the measurement methods and instrumentation, fluid mud rheology, modelling of fluid mud and experience of fluid mud in an operational port environment.