The Oceanology International 2008 Conference and Exhibition

Oceanology International runs from Tuesday to Thursday, 11th-13th March at the London ExCeL venue, and will also feature a wide range of technical sessions running alongside an outstanding exhibition. The detailed technical programme for the conference is also available on the website, and features different themes each day.

Day 1 is entitled Energy from the Oceans; while Days 2 and 3 are respectively entitled The Oceans and Climate Change, and Environmental & Civil Security. 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.

The show's available exhibition space of 7,184sq metres is sold out, with 533 exhibitors from 32 different countries participating. Country pavilions from Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain will feature, alongside exhibiting organisations and companies including the European Commission, Fugro, Acergy, Gardline, Balmoral Offshore Engineering, Teledyne, Kongsberg Maritime, Sonardyne, IxSEA, DOF Subsea ASA, CodaOctopus, Datawell, the Macartney Group, Reson AS and UTEC Survey.

In recognition of another crucial issue that spans all the industries involved in the ocean science and marine technology communities, the organisers have also designated Day 3 of Oceanology International as Careers Thursday, with the recruitment of fresh talent a priority throughout the sector. A wide range of universities have been invited to send graduates to the event with transportation supplied, with several taking up the opportunity. The show will also feature an area specifically for companies to post up their recruitment requirements, vacancies and opportunities.

Oceanology International also provides the unique sight and one of its outstanding visual features of exhibit-side ship displays. This year's event is no exception, with an impressive array of ships on the quayside at ExCeL, immediately adjacent to the exhibit area, including survey, research and support vessels. Some will be giving on-water demonstrations of their capabilities and equipment, and visitors can take the chance to view the equipment onboard, watch the on-water demonstrations and enjoy refreshments. A further feature will be a number of dockside demonstrations by exhibitors.

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'.

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