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“Discover The Possibilities: Into the Blue” Conference will be looking at the Foresight report on the Future of the Sea and responding to the challenges and recommendations set out. We will be addressing the following topics:

  • The ocean economy context
    • Using the sea for resources (food, energy)
    • Using the sea for trade and travel (global trade, human movement, connected ports and connected shipping, illegal shipping)
    • Saving the sea (pollution, marine biodiversity, warming)
    • Protecting us from the sea (sea level rise, coastal observation and coastal communities economies)
    • Deep sea (sea blindness, exploration for resources)CURRENT AGENDA

8.00 Registration – A light breakfast will be available
8.45 Welcome to Sunderland Rebecca Ball, Creative Director, Sunderland Culture
8.55 Conference welcome
9.00 The Blue Economy – an introduction Sean McCarthy, Satellite Applications Catapult
9.20 Fish and plankton and sea greens and protein from the sea Jimmy Slaughter, SoxSa
9.45 Saving the sea- pollution, marine biodiversity, warming Aidan Thorn, National Oceanographic Centre
10.15 Coffee
10.45 Connected ports and connected shipping: North East Ports – test bed Chaired by Mark Slawson, Red Funnel Ferries
12.15 Lunch
13.15 Into the Blue – understanding opportunities from the deep sea AIR Centre
Time tbc Cathrine Armour, UK Hydrographic Office
14.00 Into the Blue – gamifying data mini workshop Florence Engasser, nesta
14.45 Into the blue – situational awareness of space tbc
15.10 Break
15.30 Into the Blue – opportunities in launch Claire Barcham (Director for Commercial Space, UKSA)
16.00 Wrap up and close