Opening Plenary

Opening Plenary

14 Feb 2017, 09:30 - 11:00

Conference Room 28A&B

The opening plenary will set the scene for three expert panel sessions exploring the present and emerging requirements for ocean science and technology in support of delivering a safe, sustainable and environmentally sound Blue Economy.   Distinguished leaders from science, industry and government will describe the characteristics of the Blue Economy, the science and technologies that enable ocean activities and the imperatives for protection of the marine environment.

Chaired by: Ralph Rayner, US IOOS Industry Liaison, NOAA; and Co-Chair, Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans Industry Liaison Council

Confirmed keynotes:

  • Michael Jones, President, The Maritime Alliance & TMA Foundation
  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City of San Diego
  • Claire Jolly, Head - OECD Space Forum / Ocean Economy Group, OECD
  • Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Alan Leonardi, Director, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research

Program subject to change

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  • Claire Jolly

    Key Note Speaker

    Head, Ocean Economy Group / OECD Space Forum

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Claire Jolly is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of Unit in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation in the Organisation for Economic...

  • Margaret Leinen

    Key Note Speaker


    Scripps Institution of Oceanography

    Margaret Leinen, a highly distinguished national leader and oceanographer, was appointed the eleventh director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography...

  • Alan P. Leonardi

    Key Note Speaker


    NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research

    Alan Leonardi is responsible for providing direction to NOAA and the U.S. Department of Commerce in the field of ocean exploration, research, and...

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