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The OCEANS'13 MTS/IEEE (Marine Technology Society/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) conference will be held in Bergen, Norway, from June 10 to 13.

The conference is jointly sponsored by MTS and IEEE's Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES), and is a major international forum for scientists, engineers and responsible ocean users to promote, disseminate and exchange their knowledge, ideas, applications and scientific-technical advances in oceanic engineering and marine technology. The purpose is to raise awareness regarding the important role played by the sea in human lives and the environment, and the use of technology to preserve it.

Bergen—recognized as the unofficial capital of western Norway and sometimes also referred to as the 'gateway to the Norwegian fjords'—is an apt venue for OCEANS'13. As the second largest city of Norway, Bergen is easy to reach. Bergen Airport, Flesland is well-connected with both the capital of Norway, Oslo, as well as other Nordic cities. The airport is situated some 30 minutes by bus from Bergen's city center. There are direct flights available from Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Iceland; London, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Frankfurt, Germany.

There are hotels within walking distance to the conference venue, the Grieg Hall, which is situated in the heart of Bergen.

Conference Theme and Topics
OCEANS'13 MTS/IEEE Bergen will feature tutorials on special-interest topics, a comprehensive technical program of lectures and presentations, a student program and a large exhibit hall with products from numerous companies, all emphasizing the particular theme of 'The Northern Dimension and Challenges.'

The conference theme is an issue of utmost global significance given the current state of environmental and climate changes. This primary theme is reflected in the special topics for the conference: marine policy and ocean management, oil and gas, integrated environment surveillance, Arctic shipping, maritime communications and information technologies, and marine renewable energy.

The general topics at OCEANS'13 are: underwater acoustics and associated processing; sonar signal/image processing and communication; ocean and coastal observing systems, platforms and instrumentation; remote sensing of air/ocean surface; ocean data visualization, modeling and information management; marine environment, oceanography and meteorology; optics, imaging, vision and electromagnetic systems; marine and coastal law, policy, management and education; naval architecture; offshore structures and technology; and ocean vehicles and floating structures.

Conference Information, Registration
More information on exhibition opportunities, a list of exhibitors and the exhibitor floor plan are available at www.oceans13mtsieeebergen.org.

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