Our Ocean Wealth Summit takes place in Galway as part of SeaFest and it’s the part of the maritime festival where the global leaders in the blue economy gather to discuss how we can better harness our ocean economy.
With an annual turnover in excess of €5.7 billion, Ireland’s marine economy has been on a steady growth trajectory over the past decade and keeping this going is the focus of the Our Ocean Wealth Summit.
High level marine sector speakers from across the globe including Blue Planet producer Orla Doherty, US Astronaut and Oceanographer Kathryn Sullivan and Jose Santos, Chairman of the Oceano Azul Foundation will be taking part in the summit which takes place over two days.
Our Ocean Wealth Summit has a packed agenda that includes an in-depth discussion on Ireland’s seafood sector and the impact of Brexit, smart shipping, sea and airfreight and logistics for the fishing sector, an interactive session on marine renewables, as well as insights and thought leadership on climate change. Marine research and development, maritime commerce, financial planning for the marine and aviation leasing will also be topics discussed at the Summit this year.
A major highlight will be the Thursday afternoon session entitled ‘Mission Possible – Future Proofing Our Ocean Economy’. This will place the conference theme, “Investing in Marine Ireland,” within a wider context of climate change and sustainability and will include a panel of high profile speakers including Mary Robinson, Kathryn Sullivan – former NASA astronaut, Orla Doherty – Blue Planet Producer. They will discuss the environmental, economic and societal challenges presented by changing oceans and the associated technology and business opportunities that can make the future ocean economy sustainable.
Our Ocean Wealth Summit will also include a Marine Ireland Trade Show, where over 60 companies and organisation in the sector will showcase their innovative marine products and services.