Ocean Futures Forum

Ocean Futures Forum 

The exclusive Ocean Futures Forum made its US debut this February at Oi Americas. The one day content and networking event offered compelling insights into the role of ocean science and technology in enabling the development of a sustainable Blue Economy.

Ocean Futures Forum brought together senior strategists and heads of business to hear and discuss the emerging requirements for technology across key offshore industries, and involved high level in depth panels looking at market opportunities and barriers to entry in the future.


February 25, Conference Plenary Theater, Exhibit Floor 
10:00-10:45










10:45-12:00

OPENING PLENARY 

Keynote speakers will describe the present and projected scale and scope of the ocean economy, exploring the science and technology needs associated with its future development. Presentations will include the latest results from ocean economy studies being undertaken in the United States.

Chaired by: Ralph Rayner, President of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
Opening Address: Michael Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance
The US Blue Economy Study
Charles Colgan, Director of Research, Center for the Blue Economy
Energy Innovation & The Blue Economy
Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

PLENARY PANEL: NAVIGATING THE BLUE ECONOMY

The plenary panel will debate issues surrounding the future development of the ocean economy and the role of scientific research and technological innovation in delivering sustainable use of the ocean and ocean resources.

Chaired by: Rick Spinrad, President, Marine Technology Society (MTS)
Panellists:
- Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, NOAA Fisheries & NOAA Lead for Seafood Production and Aquaculture
- Alejandro Moreno, Director, Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
- Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the Acting NOAA Chief Scientist
- Wendy Watson-Wright, CEO, Ocean Frontier Institute

12:00-13:30

NETWORKING & LUNCH

13:30-14:30

MARKET PANEL DISCUSSIONS: FUTURE OCEAN FOOD

This panel will explore the likely growth trajectory of aquaculture in the Americas and the implications for the scientific research and technological developments and services needed to deliver this future ocean food production. Panellists will include representatives of federal and state government as well as practitioners already engaged in open water aquaculture activities. The panel will debate how open water aquaculture is likely to develop in the future and will discuss the requirements for supporting science and technology.

Chaired by: Paul Doremus, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, NOAA Fisheries & NOAA Lead for Seafood Production and Aquaculture
Panellists:
- Phil Cruver, CEO, Catalina Sea Ranch
- Neil Sims, Co-Founder, CSO, Kampachi Worldwide
- Erick Peterson, Director of Aquaculture, Secretaria de Pesca y Acuacultura de Baja California
- Alex Brown, R&D Manager, Ecosea Farming SpA

14:30-15:30

MARKET PANEL DISCUSSIONS: FUTURE OCEAN ENERGY

This panel will explore the future growth trajectory for offshore marine renewable energy and the technology needs associated with its delivery. Panellists will include representatives of federal and state government, regulators, offshore renewable energy trade bodies, and industry incumbents. The panel will discuss the opportunities for technology providers and specialist service companies in this rapidly growing market.

Chaired by: Tim Ramsey, Program Manager for Marine & Hydrokinetic, Water Power Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
Panellists:
- Necy Sumait, Chief, Renewable Energy - Pacific Region, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
- Jonathan Colby, Director of Technology Performance, Verdant Power
- Liz Burdock, CEO & President, Business Network for Offshore Wind
- Kevin Banister, Vice President - Development, Principle Power

15:30-16:00

AFTERNOON BREAK

16:00-17:00

MARKET PANEL DISCUSSIONS: FUTURE OCEAN HEALTH AND SECURITY

This panel will explore the science and technology needs associated with sustainable use of ocean resources and the protection of ocean and coastal infrastructure. Panellists from national and international organizations concerned with ensuring future ocean health and security will debate the role of science and technology in meeting sustainable development goals and delivering safe, secure and environmentally acceptable use of the ocean.

Chaired by: Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the Acting NOAA Chief Scientist
Panellists:
- Karen Holman, Director of Environmental Protection, Port of San Diego
- Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, NOAA's National Ocean Service
- Peter Spain, Staff Scientist, Teledyne RD Instruments
- Deerin Babb-Brott, Principal Assistant Director, Oceans and Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
- Wendy Chaves, Chief of Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation and Innovation Programs, U.S. Coast Guard


Speakers included:



  • RALPH RAYNER
    Plenary Co-Chair
    President of the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)



    RICK SPINRAD
    Plenary Co-Chair
    President, Marine Technology Society (MTS)



    MICHAEL JONES
    Plenary Opening Address
    President, The Maritime Alliance



  • CHARLES COLGAN
    Plenary Speaker
    Director of Research,
    Center for the Blue Economy



    DANIEL SIMMONS
    Plenary Speaker
    Assistant Secretary in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
    U.S. Department of Energy



    KEVIN BANISTER
    Vice President, Development, Principle Power



  • ALEX BROWN
    R&D Manager, Ecosea Farming SpA



    LIZ BURDOCK

    CEO & President, Business Network for
    Offshore Wind



    WENDY CHAVES
    Chief of Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation and Innovation Programs, U.S. Coast Guard



  • JONATHAN COLBY
    Director of Technology Performance,
    Verdant Power



    PHIL CRUVER
    CEO, Catalina Sea Ranch



    PAUL DOREMUS
    Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, NOAA Fisheries & NOAA Lead for Seafood Production & Aquaculture



  • KAREN HOLMAN
    Director of Environmental Protection,
    Port of San Diego



    NICOLE LEBOEUF
    Acting Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, NOAA's National Ocean Service



    CRAIG MCLEAN
    Acting NOAA Chief Scientist & Assistant Administrator for NOAA's Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR)



  • ALEJANDRO MORENO
    Director, Water Power Technologies Office,
    U.S. Department of Energy



    ERICK PETERSON
    Director of Aquaculture, Secretaria de Pesca y Acuacultura de Baja California



    TIM RAMSEY
    Program Manager for Marine & Hydrokinetic,
    Water Power Technologies Office,
    U.S. Department of Energy



  • NEIL SIMS
    Co-Founder, CSO, Kampachi Worldwide Holdings LP (Kampachi Mexico)



    PETER SPAIN

    Staff Scientist, Teledyne RD Instruments



    NECY SUMAIT
    Chief of the Renewable Energy Section,
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Pacific Region



  • WENDY WATSON-WRIGHT
    CEO, Ocean Frontier Institute

Oi Americas in association with:

Catch the Next Wave in association with:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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