The World Economic Forum estimate that the ocean economy already creates over $4 trillion of value and highlight the need to preserve natural assets, and increase ocean productivity sustainably.
Similarly, the OECD predict that the ocean economy will double in size by 2030 and triple in size by 2050, as land-based resources alone cannot sustain a population of 9–10 billion and the ocean becomes a greater resource for food, energy and even mineral wealth.
Growth in the ocean economy can only be achieved where a healthy and productive ocean can be maintained. This, predicated by the need to understand fundamental processes, informed by new technological methods for data collection. Whether for site selection, infrastructure inspection, determining operational and maintenance windows, or understanding an operation’s wider interaction with the marine environment, companies operating in the Ocean Economy need cost-effective access to data.
The University of Plymouth, and the wider research community of Plymouth, drive innovation to bring about a new understanding of the marine environment. Whether oil and gas, offshore renewables, aquaculture or defence, Plymouth is at the forefront of research using marine autonomy, new sensor technology, and remote sensing from satellites to cost-effectively capture and interpret data, to inform and optimise offshore operations.
This event brings together academics and industry for a dialogue on the challenges facing the ocean economy, and the collaborative opportunities available to overcome them. Our researchers, and partners in the city, will share how Plymouth takes a whole-systems approach towards a sustainable ocean economy, from deep sea conservation to coastal defences to public perceptions.
It will also present the opportunity to participate in shaping the research strategy for the UK’s first National Marine Park in Plymouth Sound.
09:00 | Arrival and networking
09:30 | Quick-fire talks followed by panel discussions, which will be split into two themed groups with a break in between. More details to follow.
- Dr James Fishwick, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- Dr Clare Ostle, Marine Biological Association
- Professor Sabine Pahl, Professor of Applied Social Psychology
- Professor Alison Raby, Professor in Environmental Fluid Dynamics
- Dr Kerry Howell, Associate Professor in Marine Ecology
- Dr Mark Davidson, Associate Professor in Coastal Processes
- Dr Clare Embling, Lecturer in Marine Ecology
- Dr Oliver Tills, Teaching and Research Assistant - Marine Biology
12.30 | Lunch
13:30 | Daniel McGonigle, Head of Systems Research at DEFRA
14:30 | Breakouts
- National Marine Park research strategy workshop (this will be a closed meeting)
- University facility tour of the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) Laboratory
- Funding for business support drop-in sessions with Kevin Forshaw, Director of Industrial and Strategic Partnerships