Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), the University of Aberdeen and Society for Underwater Technology have announced that the Oceans 2017 conference and exhibition will be held in Aberdeen, 19-22 June 2017.
The conference brings together professionals from the global marine engineering and science industry and was last held in Aberdeen in 2007. That year it brought 1,000 delegates to the region, the first time it had been held in the UK.
Oceans will come back to Aberdeen thanks to a partnership between the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), along with the Marine Technology Society (MTS), and will be co-chaired by Professor John Watson of the University of Aberdeen, who was instrumental in securing the conference, and David Liddle of the Society for Underwater Technology, a supporting society.
An autumn Oceans conference is held annually in the USA, with an additional programme of spring conferences alternating between Europe and the rest of the world.
Conference chair John Watson said: “Following the success of Oceans ’07, I am proud that IEEE/OES and MTS asked me if they could come back to Aberdeen in 2017.
“This is testament to the quality of the programme, the social events and technical framework for the last conference.”
The city and surrounding Aberdeenshire’s strong background in oil and gas technology and its growing experience in renewable energy, helped make a strong case for the destination as host for Oceans.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back and hopefully adding a lot of new delegates,” Watson added.
Graeme Cumming, acting MD of AECC said: “We are happy to have secured the 2017 international Oceans Conference for Aberdeen. We have close links with the University of Aberdeen and the Robert Gordon University and working together gives us a strong position for hosting conferences such as this prestigious marine engineering event.”