Marine-i, a pioneering program designed to boost the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, has organized a free conference to discuss ways to improve marine data, and the latest in surveying technology.
The event has been devised to respond to some key issues facing the marine industry, solving which will be vital from both an economic and environmental perspective, according to Marine-i.
These include a widespread lack of understanding of the sea and its value, combined with the challenge of the mounting demands on ocean resources as the world population grows.
The free-to-attend event will be held on May 23, 2018 at St Austell Conference Centre.
The line-up of expert speakers will include representatives from the Met Office, the South West Coastal Monitoring Programme, University of Exeter, Oceanwise and the South West Centre of Excellence in Satellites.
Matt Hodson, Marine Hub Operations Director at Cornwall Development Company, says: “This event is an opportunity to explore how technology in marine surveying and the use of data in marine applications can be applied to help meet these global issues.
“We will explore the technology challenges moving forward and shine a spotlight on the Research, Development and Innovation efforts that will be needed. The event will also highlight the valuable new commercial opportunities arising for innovative marinetech businesses.”
Marine-i is an initiative focused on four interconnected themes including marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies that was supported with £6.8 million of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funding in March 2017.