ST Conference PreviewOceanology International China
The inaugural Oceanology International China will be held at the Shanghai International Exhibition Center (Intex Shanghai) September 3 to 5. It will be a timely forum that will enable international organizations from the world of marine science and ocean technology to capitalize on China's rapidly growing offshore industries.
Organized by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the Chinese Society of Oceanography (CSO), this conference and exhibition has attracted incredible interest since its launch in September 2012. Exhibition space has already been added twice to cater to the overwhelming demand for exhibition stands.
Such positive feedback from the marine science and ocean technology community is a sign of the expectations around China's blue economy, whose contribution to China's gross domestic product is expected to rise from 9.7 to 20 percent by 2020.
'The Chinese Society for Oceanography is very pleased to be the co-event manager of Oceanology International China this September,' a CSO spokesman said. 'China has ambitious goals for the development of a national blue economy, and, as the only event that connects our demand for marine science and technologies with the world's manufacturers and service providers, Oceanology International offers us an ideal platform to help us realize these goals.'
The conference program has been developed with the Chinese Society of Oceanography and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), including the head of the SUT China branch, Professor Menglan Duan of the China University of Petroleum.
A high-level keynote session will launch the event on Tuesday, September 3, with presentations from Professor Weicheng Cui, research professor and dean, Hadal Science and Technology Research Center, Shanghai Ocean University; Dr. Bernard Montaron, director, Schlumberger China Petroleum Institute; Captain Don Walsh, U.S. Navy (retired), president, International Maritime Inc. (Myrtle Point, Oregon), and honorary president, The Explorers Club; Professor Ralph Rayner, sector director, Energy and Environment, BMT Group Ltd. (Teddington, England), and chairman, Sonardyne International Ltd. (Yateley, England), who will chair the keynote session; and Sylvain Barbot, principal investigator, Earth Observatory of Singapore.
The first day of the conference will cover Underwater Vehicle Technology and Navigation and Positioning, with Session Chair Ian Gallett, business development manager of the Society for Underwater Technology.
On the second day, the topics to be covered will be Ocean Observing Systems and Instrumentation, with Session Chair Ralph Rayner, and Offshore Survey, Geophysics and Geotechnics, with the session chair yet to be announced as of press time.
The conference and exhibition, which are both free to attend, are expected to attract more than 2,000 attendees involved with marine science and ocean technology.
In the exhibition hall, more than 150 companies from 19 countries will display their state-of-the-art technical solutions.
The Chinese Society of Oceanography, China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association and National Ocean Technology Center of China are host supporters of the show. The Society for Underwater Technology is the learned society patron. The International Marine Contractors Association; International Federation of Hydrographic Societies; Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology; Society of Maritime Industries; and Schlumberger Ltd. (Houston, Texas) are among the international supporters.
For more details, visit www.oichina.com.cn/en/index.html.
The following list of exhibitors was updated as of press time: