Following its huge success in 2016, Plymouth is hosting its second Marine Tech Expo, designed to showcase the city’s marine credentials across the world in the run up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations in 2020. The event will bring together decision makers involved in the latest marine innovations in blue technology under one roof at the University of Plymouth.
The event programme features 34 high profile, inspiring speakers, including international keynote Professor Ralph Rayner, Sector Director, Energy and Environment, BMT Group Ltd and Chairman of Sonardyne International; John Murray, Maritime UK Board Member and Chief Executive of the Society of Maritime Industries; Michael Jones, Founder and Chairman of the USA's biggest marine cluster, The Maritime Alliance; and Chris Langford, Autonomous Systems Integration, Verification, Validation and Qualification Lead Engineer, Thales UK.
The expo is designed for professionals working in marine related businesses and organisations, including manufacturing. The event aims to increase the number and scale of Blue Tech businesses in the city, the South West and the South Coast and to support marine businesses to innovate, create a competitive edge and ultimately grow; creating high value knowledge-based jobs.
The opening showcase breakfast will look into the exciting world of marine autonomy. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with keynote speakers and major industry experts through a series of talks focusing on the themes of Marine Platforms, Data, Cyber and Sensors, and Marine Applications. A Question Time event in the afternoon with a panel and audience participation will look at autonomous platforms and systems and their impact on workforce and skills, technology and the physical impact on ocean landscape.
Delegates are invited to join industry experts in the evening on a cruise tour of Plymouth Sound and a networking dinner.