Ocean Futures Forum

Following the postponement of the event, please bear with us whilst we reconfirm and update the programme for the amended dates in 2020.

Insights into the development of a sustainable Blue Economy

Tuesday 1st December, 10:00-16:00
Location: Platinum Suite Rooms 3 – 5, Excel London

This edition of the Ocean Futures Forum will focus on exploring the science and technology needs of the future Blue Economy. Leading speakers from industry, academia and government will give their perspectives on emerging uses of the ocean and ocean resources and the challenges of delivering a growing ocean economy, while protecting the ocean environment.

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Welcome

Speaker: Professor Ralph Rayner, President, Society for Underwater Technology

50th Anniversary Video

Global Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Claire Jolly, Head of Unit, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

10:50 - 11:30

Regional perspectives

US Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Deerin Babb-Brott, Principal Assistant Director for Oceans and Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

European Perspective on the Future Ocean Economy

Speaker: Bernhard Friess, Director Maritime Policy and Blue Economy, European Commission, DG MARE

11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:35

The blue in the Blue economy

Chaired by: Ed Hill, CEO, National Oceanography Centre

Environmental Implications of Developments in the Ocean Economy

Speaker: Mark Spalding, President, The Ocean Foundation
Philomène Verlaan, Trustee/Director Advisory Committee on Protection of the Sea

12:35 - 13:00

Delivering the UN SDGs

The Role of Science in Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Speaker: Martin Visbeck, President, Oceanographic Society

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:00

Sector Perspectives: Where are we heading?

Chaired by Zdenka Willis, President Elect, Marine Technological Society

Ocean Mining

Speaker: Chris Williams, Managing Director, UK seabed resources

Floating Wind

Speaker: Dan Kyle Spearman, Offshore Wind Manager, The Carbon Trust

Autonomous Shipping

Speaker: Anita Teo, Technical Lead in System Design, Maritime Autonomous Operation, Kongsberg

15:00 - 15:50

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Ralph Rayner, President, SUT

  • Chris Williams, Managing Director, UK Seabed Resources
  • Dan Kyle Spearman, Offshore Wind Manager, Carbon Trust
  • Anita Teo, Technical Lead in System Design - Maritime Autonomous Operation, Kongsberg
15:50 - 16:00

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Ralph Rayner, President, SUT

In partnership with

Endorsing Associations