IEEE/MTS OCEANS’ 17 Confirms Subsea UK as Gold Patron

Subsea UK has confirmed it is to support the Oceans’ 17 Conference when it returns to Aberdeen in 2017.

The industry body, which represents the UK’s £9bn subsea sector, has become the Gold Patron of Oceans’ 17 - a global event which aims to bring together companies from key market regions and help them improve their strategies for exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans.

Recognised as the premier forum for the international marine community to meet and discuss topical issues, the conference includes a range of technical sessions covering all aspects of ocean science, technology and engineering and includes pre-conference tutorials, plenary lectures from world renowned guest speakers and selected oral papers.

Owned and sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), the event will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 19th – 22nd June 2017.

Estimated to generate over £2.5million for the local economy, Oceans' 17 is expected to attract more than 600 registered delegates from around the world with over 60 companies showcasing their products and services.

Last held in Aberdeen in 2007, Oceans’ 17 will bring together professionals from the global marine community, involved in all aspects of marine engineering and science, to explore how the industry has evolved over the last decade.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “In supporting Oceans’ 17, we are backing subsea companies in their efforts to develop new ideas, new technology and better ways of working which will ensure the long-term future and sustainability of our industry and the oceans in which it operates.

“Featuring global thought-leaders, academics and the latest technologies, Oceans 17 will offer structured networking opportunities to help professionals from all disciplines in the marine community to establish relationships and work together on a global scale.”

The event organising committee includes honorary chairs Professor Sir Ian Diamond of the University of Aberdeen, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski of the Robert Gordon University and Neil Gordon of Subsea UK.

Professor John Watson, Chair of Electrical and Optical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen and co-chair of the Oceans ’17 organising committee said: “It’s great to have such a prestigious body as Subsea UK confirm that it will act as principal patron for this event. Subsea UK’s participation will ensure that the conference continues to be seen by academics and company representatives involved in global subsea research and engineering as a key event for their industry.

“The 2017 gathering in Aberdeen will be the 60th in the long line of Oceans conferences since 1970. Although over the last 10 years the technology and the economy has changed, it is gratifying to acknowledge Subsea UK’s faith in the oceanic engineering industry and their continued support and belief in the value of events such as this.

“The importance of exchange of knowledge by key speakers at this time of demand for technology driven cost-saving in many subsea activities particularly by the oil and gas sector, cannot be overstated.”

Graeme Cumming, Interim Managing Director at AECC said: “It’s great to welcome back the Oceans conference and exhibition to the venue after an extremely successful conference in 2007.  We enjoy close links with the University of Aberdeen and this relationship places us in a strong position for hosting conferences such as this prestigious marine engineering event.”

Oceans’ 17 will include technical presentations, tutorials, workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibition highlighting state-of-the-art developments in technologies related to exploring, monitoring, protecting, and wisely using the world’s ocean resources. For more information, visit


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