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After joining the debut event in 2017, autonomous vehicle developer Liquid Robotics returns to OiA on stand E31
After joining the debut event in 2017, autonomous vehicle developer Liquid Robotics returns to OiA on stand E31

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T-minus three days and counting, Oceanology International Americas prepares for lift-off

  • Anticipation mounts as the San Diego Convention Center prepares to host Oceanology International’s historic 50th anniversary starting this Monday

London, 22 February 2019 – The Oceanology International Americas 2019 (OiA ‘19) ocean science and technology conference and exhibition is now only a matter of days away and last-minute preparations are well in hand to deliver the most comprehensive program of expert papers on key industry topics from sustainability to robotics. Taking place in the San Diego Convention Center, 25-27 February 2019, OiA ‘19 is also the 50th anniversary event for the Oceanology International series.

While Oi’s half-century heritage will be eulogised on Wednesday, 27 February with a special anniversary celebration event on the exhibition floor – with six ocean science and technology community leaders highlighting major breakthroughs from the last five decades – the emphasis in San Diego will be on innovations and concepts which will help to shape the next half-century of ocean space advancements.

Thanks to the open, informative and collaborative environment which Oi has always fostered, attendees don’t just bear witness to ocean science history, but in many ways can also assist in the creation of future landmark initiatives,” says Exhibition Director Jonathan Heastie. “A staggering number of concepts and revelations pass back and forth between the show floor and the conference rooms. The consequent cross-pollination regularly leads to new business relationships which stimulate technical creativity, encourage fresh lines of inquiry and generate vital funding, all of which sustains the ocean science and technology community as a whole.”

With around 200 exhibitors set to present their products and services – an increase of roughly 15% over the figure of 170 for the inaugural OiA event in San Diego in 2017 – OiA ’19 will see the addition of a second hall to accommodate the additional stands. Long-term, high-profile Oi front-runners including Kongsberg Maritime, Saab, EdgeTech, Swift Engineering, Novacarti, Sensor Technology and Tecnadyne will be rubbing shoulders with comparatively recent exhibitors such as full service product development company Igloo Innovations, scientific equipment supplier Blueprint Lab, swarm intelligence specialist Apium (all showcased within OiA ‘19’s Future Tech Hub) and multi-GNSS/inertial test and simulation systems provider Spirent, with the latter firm making its Oi debut at the 2019 San Diego event.

If the profusion of global suppliers promises to introduce an expected 2,750 attendees from across the Americas to the most meaningful, up-to-the-minute schemes, product launches and live demonstrations in sectors including aquaculture, maritime security, acoustics and offshore energy, then the OiA ’19 conference strand simply reinforces this abundance of insights and information, with a packed programme defined by its diversity.

Two one-day events within the conference schedule are eagerly-anticipated highlights, beginning with the Ocean Futures Forum (Monday, 25 February), dedicated to a consideration of the technological developments needed to secure the viability of offshore industries and, in the bigger picture, the sustainability of the world’s oceans. This event is followed in turn by Catch The Next Wave: Frontiers of Exploration (Tuesday, 26 February), which brings the interdependence of exploration and technology to vivid life with speaker pairings explaining the self-perpetuating cycle of necessity and breakthrough which enables each discipline to forge ever forward.

Elsewhere, a series of in-depth technical tracks on the topics of Navigation & Positioning; Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels & Robotics; Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics; Observation & Sensing; Marine Pollution & Environmental Stressors; and Ocean ICT will see a generous array of expert speakers imparting their knowledge regarding the most current findings in subjects ranging from marine autonomous systems to the monitoring of ocean and atmospheric physics.

The 2019 Careers Day on Wednesday, 27 February, meanwhile, will give the prospective ocean scientists and thought leaders of the future an opportunity to receive indispensable advice from young professionals and influential associations within the maritime industry.

Set against a thought-provoking and powerfully evocative backdrop of highlights from Oi’s successful half-century, the event organisers have still covered all the bases in terms of showcasing clear pointers as to where the ocean science community is heading,” remarks Jonathan Heastie. “With such a wealth of rewarding content and networking possibilities, OiA ’19 substantially raises the value bar for attendees, and we would strongly recommend that any interested parties who haven’t yet registered to attend waste no time in remedying the situation. We look forward to seeing you there!

To register for OiA ‘19, visit


For further information, please contact:

Sara Andrade

Marketing Manager, Energy & Marine Group

Reed Exhibitions

Tel: +44 (0)20 8439 5226

Saul Trewern/Marco Rossi

Saltwater Stone

Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244

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About the Oceanology International Portfolio

The Oceanology International portfolio of events offer a global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. First established in 1969, the flagship event in London features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration program.

The Oceanology International portfolio includes:

  • Oceanology International: Oceanology International is the leading conference and exhibition dedicated to serving all professionals working in the global ocean science and marine technology sector. The first Oceanology International was held in Brighton, in 1969. Today, its home is at ExCeL London. The Oi2016 exhibition was the largest ever in the show’s 47-year history, with over 8,500m2 occupied by 520 exhibiting companies from 33 countries. The next edition of Oi takes place at ExCeL London, 17-19 March 2020.
  • Oceanology International Americas (25-27 February 2019, San Diego Convention Center, USA): The successful launch event of the biennial series took place in 2017 where more than 1,775 unique attendees (including over 160 exhibiting companies) participated.
  • Oceanology International China: Developed with government and industry associations, Oceanology International China provides organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. A successful move for Oi China 2017 from Shanghai to Qingdao sawover 200 exhibitors and more than 6,600 domestic and overseas attendees from 21 different countries attending. Oi China 2018 (23-25 October) took place in
  • Catch the Next Wave conference: Now in its sixth edition, Catch the Next Wave is an exclusive conference taking place alongside or as part of the Oceanology International events globally. The event takes a longer-term view of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, exploit and protect the oceans. Catch the Next Wave 2019 is taking place alongside Oceanology International Americas 2019 on 26 February 2019.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with more than 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015, Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across

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