ST Conference PreviewOCEANS'14 St. John's
OCEANS'14 St. John's will take place September 14 to 19 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The theme of the show is 'Oceans: Where Challenge Becomes Opportunity.'
A city of oceans excellence, St. John's is home to an established ocean tech cluster with 17 institutions and close to 500 private and public sector researchers actively involved in ocean tech research and development.
A stellar program of scientific excellence will be set against the backdrop of rugged cliffs and pounding surf, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Here, 'harsh environment' isn't just a topic that inspires research; it describes where and how the people of St. John's live. They clearly have a vested interest in the oceans and a great deal of expertise in ocean and marine technology.
The Program Among the keynote speakers at OCEANS'14 St. John's will be RAdm. John Newton, commander of the Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic, and Christine Healy, vice president of commercial and business development, Statoil (Stavanger, Norway).
OCEANS'14 St. John's will deliver some of the most ground-breaking and up-to-date research on a wide range of ocean technologies and advancements. With close to 400 technical papers confirmed, the show will supplement the usual core topics with a sampling of local topics and themes, including marine operations in ice-infested waters; subsea power transmission; augmented reality for marine applications; and cold-ocean safety, survival and rescue.
With more than 80 submissions for the Student Poster Session, some of the greatest young minds in the international oceans community are confirmed to share their insights and enthusiasm with delegates.
For the tutorials, a slate of full-day and half-day sessions has been arranged for Monday, September 15.
With so much to see in St. John's, it was a challenge to select off-site tours. The show will have something for everyone in tours of the National Research Council ' Coastal, Ocean and River Engineering; the Marine Institute; C-CORE (Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering); and Memorial University's AUV Lab. Facility tours will take place on September 15. Exhibit space is selling fast, with more than 130 spaces already taken. Our exhibit hall will host international ocean businesses, academia, government and research institutions.
The Social Scene
The many fabulous host cities of OCEANS have inspired and entertained delegates in their own unique ways over the years.
Newfoundland and Labrador's rich culture and heritage has been formed by the sea, from sea shanties and ballads to fine paintings, sculpture and theater.
You'll be welcomed to OCEANS St. John's at our icebreaker social, themed 'Newfoundland and Labrador - Hear the Music - Experience the Culture - Feel the Warmth.' This event will feature local music, food, refreshments, culture, and maybe even a mini-iceberg.
The provincial museum and archives, The Rooms, will set the stage for our closing gala, with more of our diverse cultural and culinary offerings. Inspired by the fishing stages and stores of our past, it is a beautiful, modern facility with panoramic views of St. John's Harbor, the Narrows and Signal Hill.
An additional social outside the formal agenda will take place Tuesday, September 16, after the Exhibitor Reception. This event, called Rally in the Alley, will feature a night on the famous George Street.
A Day in the Bay
The Day in the Bay, hosted by the Oceans Holyrood Initiative—Town of Holyrood in partnership with the Marine Institute, will feature in-water product demonstrations from national and international multidiscipline companies and organizations. In addition to the live demonstrations, the Town of Holyrood will host a network reception and activities.
Stay a While
Our host city of St. John's has something for everyone—museums and art galleries, fine dining and local pubs, live entertainment and shopping, hiking trails and city parks—all with the color and character for which our province is famous.
For more information on the OCEANS'14 St. John's conference and exhibit, visit www.oceans14mtsieeestjohns.org.