The Nautical Institute – celebrating 50 years
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The Nautical Institute is celebrating 50 years as an organisation in 2022. It has particular significance for the University as Plymouth School of Navigation under Captain Roy Hughes (who later became Deputy Director of Plymouth Polytechnic) was one of the key organisations which played a major part in the initial development of The Nautical Institute. 
Today The Nautical Institute has over 50 branches, an international membership of 7,000 maritime professionals and is represented in 120 countries.
The overall theme for the 50th anniversary is ‘Maritime Leadership in a Changing World’. The celebratory conference will be based on the title ‘The Future Professional Mariner’.
The South West Branch of The Nautical Institute is privileged to be holding the celebratory 2022 Annual General Meeting and a two day conference at the University. It will also be hosting a celebratory dinner at The Box in Plymouth. This is just one of 12 golden celebratory events taking place across the world from the USA to India and from Greece to Hong Kong.

About the conference

The aim of the conference is to consider the key issues which will impact on the next generation of professional mariners and how they can be best prepared to face the leadership roles which will be demanded of them. The conference will consider:
  • The marine environment: What environmental issues will impact on the management and operation of ships in the future?
  • New technologies: How will the rapid technological change influence the role of the future maritime professional?
  • Future professional mariners: How will the training and educational needs of the future professional mariner be met?

Programme

  • Wednesday 6 July, 18:30–20:00 | Early birds – Plymouth Sound boat trip. Meet at Commercial Wharf on the Barbican
  • Thursday and Friday 7–8 July | Conference and AGM – venue: Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth 
  • Thursday 7 July, 19:00–23:30 | Golden celebration dinner – venue: The Box
  • Friday 8 July, 19:00–20:30 | Public event organised by the Maritime Foundation: One Ocean, Seven Seas – venue: Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, University of Plymouth

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