Greenwich Forum presents The Blue Economy – The UK Opportunity Maritime Technology and Sustainability conference

Thursday 20 November 2014

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London WC2R 2PN

blue economy

The Blue Economy – the extensive interdependent range of economic activities that depend on the sea – offers huge potential for sustainable economic growth. This has been identified in the EC ‘Blue Growth’ strategy, with an emphasis on marine knowledge, spatial planning and integrated maritime surveillance. In January 2014 the Commission launched Horizon 2020, the EU’s largest ever research and innovation programme. Within the UK, current government initiatives to promote marine and maritime growth include the Marine Industries Leadership Council with representatives from the main sectors. Indications of rising international awareness of the importance of blue growth, include the action agenda for the Global Oceans Commission (2013-), the activities of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands (2002-), and the five-day Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth (The Hague, April 2014).

 

Taking as a starting point the three elements of the EC Blue Growth strategy, the Blue Economy symposium will examine these in relation to future UK opportunities in marine/maritime exploration, exploitation, energy and enterprise. What are the gaps in marine knowledge, spatial planning requirements and surveillance capacity that UK technology and skill can fill? What is needed to ensure that public policy and private interests combine to benefit the UK’s Blue Economy?

 

Programme

08:45

Coffee and Registration

09:15

Welcome and Introduction

Professor Sarah Palmer, Chair of Greenwich Forum

09:30 Keynote Address: Simon Reddy, Global Ocean Commission
10:00 Theme 1: Exploration

Professor Ed Hill, National Oceanography Centre

Koen Verbruggen, Geological Survey Ireland

Robert Ward, International Hydrographic Organisation

11:15 Morning Break
11:45 Theme 2: Exploitation

Dr Philomène Verlaan, IMarEST

John Breslin, Smartbay Ireland

Dr Adrian Glover, Natural History Museum TBC

13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Theme 3: Energy

Michael Cowling, Crown Estate

Martin Wright, Aurora Ventures Ltd.

Oil and Gas UK TBC

15:15 Afternoon Break
15:45 Theme 4: Enterprise

Gregory Darling, Gardline/Marine Industries Leadership Council

Martin Hampson, Satellite Applications Catapult

Lloyd’s Register

17:00 Keynote Address: The Rt Hon  Matthew Hancock, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise
17:30 Concluding Comments and Drinks Reception
18:30

End of Event

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