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Oceanology International Oceanology International

North America North America

OI 2017 set to cover the full extent of marine science and ocean technology he ? rst edition of Oceanology International North The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

America (OINA), established from the well-known (IMarEST), National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA)

OI event in London, will make an impact within the and Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).

T ocean science and technology industries in San Di- Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions, said, ego, Calif. in February 2017. “Oceanology International is committed to providing what the

OINA is set to capture the full extent of the marine and ocean industry wants, which is why we are launching the event in technology industries in North America. The event is the new- the world’s largest marine technology market, North America. est addition to the Oceanology International portfolio, with the OINA will bring together all elements and communities within ? agship Oceanology International event in London now in its the North American ocean science and marine technology mar- 47th year, and OI China now in its ? fth year. Oceanology In- ket. This includes ensuring we bring together multiple buyers ternational North America has already attracted a number of from differing industries, all united by the use of technology, well-known speakers and exhibitors from industry, academia but in a myriad of different ways.” and government, including James Birch, Director-SURF Cen- In addition to the OINA exhibition, the conference program ter, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI); will provide a better understanding of present and future tech-

Jules Jaffe, Research Oceanographer, Scripps Institute of nological requirements and opportunities of the Blue Economy

Oceanography; Igor Prislin, Vice President – Chief Analyt- over multiple conference sessions including; keynote panels, ics Of? cer, BMT Scienti? c Marine Services; Michael Flynn, technical tracks, breakout panel sessions and the Catch The

Chief Technology Of? cer, Cathx Ocean and Jake Sobin, Man- Next Wave conference. The conference programs will focus on ager Sciences (Americas), Kongsberg Underwater Technology. key issues for North America and globally, establishing OINA

More than 2,500 visitors and delegates are expected to par- as a must-attend forum for thousands of industry, academia and take in the three-day event at the San Diego Convention Cen- government professionals interested in sharing knowledge to ter from February 14-16, 2017. Visitors to the event will have improve their strategies for measuring, advancing, protecting access to a myriad of marine and ocean science technology and operating in the world’s oceans.

organizations from an array of sectors, including academia, Conference committee member, Justin Manley, Founder of ? sheries and aquaculture, government, marine environmental Just Innovation, explained, “OINA is designed to cut across protection, marine renewables, marine science, ocean mining, several maritime disciplines. While it will include traditional offshore construction, offshore oil and gas, ports, harbors and content similar to prior OI events, its new location and organiz- terminals, ships and shipping and telecoms. ing team will bring views from a very broad ocean science and

With the attendance of so many industry experts, OINA pro- technology community. This distinctive and global perspective vides the opportunity to network, make new contacts, share will be a special offering in North America.” knowledge and conduct business all under one roof. The multi-track conference will showcase keynote sessions,

The North American exhibition is organized by Reed Exhibi- taking place February 14-15, 2017. These will explore the tions in partnership with The Maritime Alliance (TMA). OINA requirements for ocean science and technology in support of is also supported by a range of leading industry associations delivering a sustainable Blue Economy. Leaders from science, including The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), industry and government will de? ne the characteristics that al-

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), low the ocean activities for the protection of the marine envi-

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