One of the global oil industry's most respected and renowned leaders is to deliver the Distinguished Lecture at the marine science and ocean technology community's biggest event, Oceanology International 2008 in London.
Lord Browne of Madingley FRS FREng, who is President of The Royal Academy of Engineering and the former group Chief Executive Officer of oil and energy giant BP plc, will deliver his presentation at the conference and exhibition, being held under the overall mantle of 'Technology, Sustainability and the Oceans'. Lord Browne's decision to deliver the Distinguished Lecture, a long-standing tradition at previous Oceanology International events, is further evidence of Oi08's growing global stature and pan-industry relevance.
His lecture on Day 2 will revolve around the event's key themes of climate change, meeting future energy needs and ensuring environmental and civil security. Lord Browne has long been passionate about these issues, and spent much of his time at BP guiding the company towards finding ways to meet future energy needs at the same time as protecting the environment.
Keynote speakers in a scene-setting plenary session on Day 1 at Oi08 this year will include Capt. Dana Goward, Acting Director for Transition; Assistant Comdt for Policy & Planning, and Director, Maritime Domain Awareness Program Integration at the US Coastguard; Prof Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director at the European Environment Agency; Dr Leo Roodhart, Vice President, GameChanger Group, Shell Technology Futures; Prof Robert Watson, the UK government's Departmental Chief Scientist, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra); and John Westwood, Managing Director, Douglas-Westwood Limited.
A delighted Conference Chairman, Dr Ralph Rayner, commented: "To have Lord Browne deliver the Distinguished Lecture is perfect. His lecture will bring together the themes explored in the plenary and demonstrate how innovative engineering, science and technology can be brought to bear on achieving a sustainable energy future."
Interconnected themes of climate change, future energy demands & security
Oi08's themes of climate change, meeting future demands for energy, and ensuring environmental and civil security are closely interconnected. They were selected to allow the international marine science and technology community to showcase how it is contributing to the pressing global challenges of meeting future demands for energy at the same time as mitigating and adapting to climate change and ensuring protection of the environment and civil security.
The event, to be held from 11th-13th March 2008 at the London ExCeL venue, is the premier global forum for the marine science and ocean technology community, with its proactive conference plenary and technical sessions running alongside an outstanding exhibition. The detailed technical programme for the conference is available on the event website.
The main conference themes in designated sessions this year are Energy from the Oceans; The Oceans and Climate Change; Environmental and Civil Security. Each day a wealth of scientific and technical papers will demonstrate how the marine engineering, science and technology sectors are helping to deliver cutting-edge solutions in each of these areas.
With just two months to go until Oi08, more than 99% of the total exhibition space (over 6,700 square metres) has been sold, with more than 450 exhibitors from 27 different countries participating so far. Also featuring will be international pavilions from countries such as Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain. Exhibiting companies will include Fugro, Acergy, Gardline, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Teledyne, Kongsberg Maritime, Sonardyne, IxSEA, DOF Subsea ASA, CodaOctopus, Datawell, the Macartney Group, BAE Systems, Reson AS and UTEC Survey.
Oi08 is organised by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), and the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT).
Oi08 will also see four special awards given out at the event - the 'OI Lifetime Achievement Award', the 'Alan Greig Memorial Prize', the 'Bob Barton Memorial Award'; and the 'AMSI Business Person of the Year 2008 Award'. The Achievement award is a prize awarded to an individual selected by a panel of international experts, honouring the lifetime achievements of someone acknowledged as an international expert in the field of oceanology and marine science. For the other three prestigious awards, nominations are still being accepted, with the deadline for entries set at 28 January. One is made for an outstanding contribution to commercial operational oceanography, another is made to a young specialist journalist, and the third recognises the Business Person of the Year.