The World Ocean Council is pleased to announce that the SOS 2015 website is now open and presentation abstracts may be submitted at http://www.oceancouncil.org/site/summit_2015/ .
The SOS 2015 theme “Sustainable Development and Growing the Blue Economy - the Next 50 Years” is addressed in a diverse conference program with the following proposed sessions:
- Ocean Sustainability Investment and Innovation Opportunities
- SOS Site Spotlight: Singapore and the Blue Economy
- Ocean Futures: New Ocean Ventures in the Next 50 Years
- Sector Spotlight 1: Marine Mining - Opportunities and Challenges for a New Ocean Industry
- Sector Spotlight 2: Offshore Oil and Gas - Improving Interaction on Environmental Challenges Across the Entire Value Chain
- Regional Spotlight: SE Asia and Coral Reefs - Responsible Ocean Industry Operations in the ”Coral Triangle”
- Ocean Policy and Governance: Creating an Informed and Engaged Ocean Business Community
- Marine Spatial Planning/Ocean Zoning: Ensuring that Ocean Planning Engages Ocean Industries
- Sound and the Marine Environment: Creating a Global, Multi-Industry Approach
- Marine Debris: Reducing the Industry Input of Plastics and Other by Ensuring Adequate Port Reception Facilities
- BioFouling and Invasive Species: Understanding and Addressing a Global, Multi-Industry Issue
- Smart Ocean-Smart Industries: Industry Data Collection to Improve the Understanding of the Ocean, Weather and Climate
- Sea Level Rise/Extreme Events: Port and Coastal Infrastructure Adaptation and Resiliency
- Enhancing the Ocean’s Roles as a Carbon Sink: The Business Case
- Arctic: Business Leadership and Collaboration for Responsible Artic Development
- Fisheries and Extractive Industries: Understanding the Interactions and Resolving the Conflicts
- Rig Decommissioning and Vessel Recycling: Exploring the Synergies
The WOC is especially seeking presentations by and for the ocean business community and will give preference to presentations from private sector representatives. Proposed presentations from government agencies, intergovernmental bodies, research or academic institutions, NGOs or others who are working closely with ocean industries will also be considered. The final SOS 2015 program will reflect the level of interest in the proposed session topics. New topics may be added based on expressions of interest from the ocean business community.
SOS 2015 will bring together a wide range of ocean industries, including: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, offshore renewable energy, marine mining, ports, dredging, submarine cables, marine science/technology, biotechnology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others.
SOS 2015 registration will open in mid-June. The Marina Mandarin hotel has special conference room rates available for a limited time. Conference space is limited so register early to secure a place at this unique, global, multi-industry gathering on sustainable development and the future of responsible ocean business.