Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy

  • Date 15 Mar 2016
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Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy

15 Mar 2016, 10:00 - 17:00

South Gallery, Room 11 & 12

*Copies of presentations available in the 'Documents' tab below*

Advancing technology is allowing us to work with the ocean in ways that were previously impossible, which will lead to an exponential growth in the economic value of the sea.  That development will be a significant growth factor in the global economy, but only if done right, “right” meaning a balance of economic growth with responsible stewardship based on science and information derived from ocean monitoring and observing.

This conference track will explore the latest trends in ocean observing, viewed through the lens of the “Blue Economy.”  With a series of presentations drawn from a record number of abstracts this programme will help attendees evaluate their own ocean science, technology, and economic activities through new perspectives and identify key trends that will influence future developments. This conference programme includes distinguished keynotes, two focused panels and an international roster of speakers.

Chaired by Zdenka Willis, Director - U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program and Justin Manley, Founder, Just Innovation


10:00-10:05 | Opening Remarks, Zdenka Willis, Director, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program

10:05-10:30 | Keynote: From Observation to Impact – An Australian Perspective on Development of the Blue Economy, Tim Moltmann, IMOS Director, University of Tasmania

10:30-10:55 | Operational Data Management in Support of Search & Rescue Operations in the Central Mediterranean Sea, Dr Eric Comerma, Director-International Services, RPS ASA

11:05-12:15 | Panel Session: Ocean Observing Systems - Focus on Blue Economy

  • Liesl Hotaling, President, Eidos Education, 
  • Prof Anthony Knap, Director, GERG, Texas A&M University 
  • Martin Visbeck, Professor in Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel & Kiel University
  • John Breslin, General Manager, SmartBay Ireland

13:15-13:40 | Costs and Benefits of Multidisciplinary Fixed-Point Ocean Observations,
Dr Luisa Cristini, Project Manager, National Oceanography Centre

13:50-15:10 | Panel Session: Instrumentation for Ocean Observing, 

  • Julian von Borries, Technical Director, HYDRO-BIOS Apparatebau GmbH
  • Dr Carmem-Lara de Oliveira Manes, Co-Founder and R&D Director, Microbia Environnement
  • Peer Fietzek, Manager Science & Research, Kongsberg Maritime Contros
  • Oliver Ferdinand, Researcher, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg
  • Mary-Lou Tercier-Waeber, Senior Scientist, University of Geneva
  • Dr Dan Eduard Mihaiescu, Associate Professor, Politechnica University Bucharest

10-15:30 | Ocean pH Measurement: An In Situ Microfluidic Spectrophotometric pH Sensor, Tianya Yin, PhD student, University of Southampton

16:00-16:20 | Remote Ocean Current Imaging System, Rob Smith, Managing Director, Fugro Global Environmental and Ocean Sciences Inc

16:20-16:40 | Project Azul: An Ocean Observing System Focused on Offshore O&G Operations, Mauricio Fragoso, General Manager, PROOCEANO

16:40-17:00 | Seasonal Forecasting: An Innovative System to Ensure Safe and Efficient Marine Activities within a Blue Economy, Caroline Acton, Metocean Business Development Manager, Met Office

This conference programme is CPD approved by IMarEST. Attendees are eligible for a CPD certificate, post event.

Presentations subject to change


  • Zdenka Willis



    U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program

    Zdenka Saba Willis is the Director of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program. U.S. IOOS is a coordinated network of people and...

  • Justin Manley



    Just Innovation LLC

    Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He is a...

  • Caroline Acton


    Metocean Business Development Manager

    Met Office

    Following 10 years spent in IT consultancy focusing on using technology to support business making decisions for global customers, Caroline Acton...

  • John Breslin


    General Manager

    SmartBay Ireland Ltd

    John Breslin is SmartBay Ireland's General Manager and is responsible for the overall management of the National Research, Test and Demonstration...

  • Eric Comerma


    Director - International Services


    Eric is a specialist in pollutant transport models and met-ocean data. He has an extensive engineering and scientific background related with...

  • Dr Luisa Cristini


    Project Manager

    National Oceanography Centre

    Dr Luisa Cristini has a master in physics from the University of Padua (2006) and a doctorate in climate sciences from the University of Bremen...

  • Carmem-Lara de Oliveira Manes


    Co-Founder and R&D Director

    Microbia Environnement

    Carmem-Lara de Oliveira Manes is co-founder and R&D Director of Microbia Environnement, a biotech company that develops diagnosis kits to help water...

  • Oliver Ferdinand



    Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg

    Oliver Ferdinand studied physics at Hamburg University with focus on optics and nanostructure until 2009. From 2009 to 2012 he was a teacher for...

  • Peer Fietzek


    Manager Science & Research

    Kongsberg Maritime Contros GmbH

    Peer Fietzek is the Manager - Science & Research at Kongsberg Maritime (formerly Contros GmbH). Peer joined the company in 2008 and progressed...

  • Mauricio Fragoso


    General Manager


    Mauricio Fragoso is an oceanographer with a PhD in Computational Modeling in Environmental Engineering at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro...

  • Liesl Hotaling



    Eidos Education

    Liesl Hotaling is President of Eidos Education and serves as the Vice President for Education for the Marine Technology Society. She holds a B.S. in...

  • Anthony Knap



    GERG, Texas A&M University

    Dr Anthony Knap is the James R. Whatley Endowed Chair in Geosciences, Professor of Oceanography and Director of Geochemical and Environmental...

  • Dan Eduard Mihaiescu


    Associate Professor

    Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Material Science, Organic Chemistry 'Costin Nenitescu' Department, Polytechnic University Bucharest, Romania

    Dan Eduard Mihaiescu is an Associate Professor in the Organic Chemistry ‘Costin Nenitescu’ Department, of the Faculty of Applied Chemistry and...

  • Tim Moltmann


    IMOS Director

    University of Tasmania

    Tim Moltmann is the Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart.  In this role...

  • Rob Smith


    Managing Director

    Fugro Global Environmental and Ocean Sciences Inc

    Rob has been working in the field of operational and commercial meteorology and oceanography for over 28 years, since graduating with a degree in...

  • Mary-Lou Tercier-Waeber


    Senior Scientist

    University of Geneva

    Mary-Lou has been a senior researcher scientist in analytical and environmental chemistry at the University of Geneva-Switzerland since 1983 and has...

  • Martin Visbeck


    Professor in Physical Oceanography

    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel University, Germany

    Martin Visbeck and his group have extensive expertise in the application and development of ship-based and autonomous ocean observing systems. He is...

  • Julian von Borries


    Technical Director

    HYDRO-BIOS Apparatebau GmbH

    Since starting at HYDRO-BIOS Apparatebau GmbH in 1993, Julian von Borries has progressed from Project Engineer to Technical Director. He has...

  • Tianya Yin


    PhD Student

    University of Southampton

    Tianya graduated from Xiamen University in 2011 with Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering and studied in Zhejiang University as a postgraduate student...


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