December 2023 Events

OCEANS 2024 Singapore – ‘Like No Other OCEANS’

Venugopalan Pallayil, General Chair of OCEANS 2024 Singapore

Figure 1 OES site visit to Singapore – 2006 Conference

Singapore hosted the first in-person OCEANS conference in 2006. Like us, many of you were also disappointed when we had to cancel the OCEANS 2020 Singapore conference due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However it was also an opportunity for us to organise the first ever virtual OCEANS conference jointly with our colleagues in Gulf Coast and the conference was very successful.

Singapore is now all set to organize the next in-person OCEANS Conference during 15-18 April 2024. The conference is expected to attract about 700 delegates and 50 exhibitors who will showcase their latest research and technologies in the area of ocean science and engineering. 524 abstracts have been received and once the reviews are completed, we expect 350 to 400 technical presentations at the conference. The conference theme “Climate resilience, coastal protection and a sustainable Ocean,” has great significance, not just for Singapore, a small Island nation, but for the region and the world. The conference will feature sessions and topics focused on this theme and beyond. Apart from the regular technical sessions, Keynote presentations, Panel sessions, Town Halls, and the Student Poster Competition are all part of the OCEANS 2024 Singapore.

The conference venue, Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay, is an iconic venue, often dubbed as a ‘mini city,’ featuring an infinity swimming pool on its top. The SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands provides a stunning view of the city, a must-see photo opportunity for visitors and locals alike. The ArtScience Museum always has a top-quality exhibition, and Gardens by the Bay is a fascinating manifestation of the government’s vision of Singapore as a “city in a garden.” Enticing Marina Bay is well worth a visit.

Figure 2 Sands Expo Convention Centre (left) and Arts Science Museum

Technical Tours

We propose to organise three technical tours during the conference to entice our delegates. These are listed below:

  1. Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore (TCOMS) is a world class next generation Deepwater Ocean Basin research facility, which is equipped with advanced wave and current generation systems to simulate challenging ocean environments that marine platforms and ships operate in. More details on this facility can be found here:
  2. St Johns Island National Marine Laboratory (SJINML) is Singapore’s only offshore marine research facility managed by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Strategically located near the Sister’s Island Marine Park, the first designated Marine Park in Singapore, the facility is built as a National Research Infrastructure. Thirty minutes by boat from the mainland, this facility hosts marine research labs, an aquaria and other supporting facilities including a small research vessel. Read more on this facility here:
  3. Singapore New Water Plants (SNWP) produces 12% of Singapore’s current water needs. Integrated with Changi water Reclamation Plant, the Sembcorp NEWater Plant is one of the only large-scale water recycling plants in the world to be housed on top of a water reclamation plant. You can find details of this facility here:

Nurturing Future Leaders: Inaugural IEEE OES Summer School 2024

Embarking on a new chapter of educational excellence, the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) proudly announces the debut of the IEEE-OES Summer School. It opens doors to a realm of interdisciplinary exploration. Over two immersive days, participants will delve into a diverse range of topics, guided by presentations from distinguished experts in oceanic engineering. This platform serves as more than just an educational experience; it’s a catalyst for building lasting connections, fostering mentorship opportunities, and initiating collaborative research dialogues. The Summer School is targeted towards Graduate Students, Young Professionals (YPs) and Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) and is being organised on the 13th and 14th of April, 2024. Checkout the OCEANS 2024 Singapore conference website for more details.

Figure 3 Images from SAUVC 2022

The Singapore AUV Challenge (SAUVC)

This event needs no introduction. Since 2013, IEEE OES Singapore Chapter has been organising SAUVC, a swimming pool-based AUV competition for tertiary students. In 2024 this event will be held during 5-8 April, a week before the OCEANS conference kicks off. We expect 250 to 300 students from over 15 countries to participate in the 2024 competition. The top three teams of the competition will compete in a grand challenge at the TCOMs deep sea test facility where their vehicle will fight against currents and waves to perform the designated task. Catch the fun and visit for more details of the competition.

Explore Singapore

Figure 4 Tree top hotel with the convention centre in the backdrop

Attending a conference is not just about participation in the technical program and exhibition. It also provides delegates over the world an opportunity to explore, understand and experience the unique cultures of the country where the conference is being held. One of the safest countries in the world, Singapore is also the best example of how people of different religious faiths can co-exist in peace and harmony. A Garden City state with lush green vegetation in an urban setting, a good transportation system, a world-class airport, mouth-watering international cuisine, and ease of communication in the English language all make it very special for visitors. This is also a great opportunity for visiting many neighbouring countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia, to name a few, which are all 2 to 3 hrs by flight from Singapore.

Singapore Maritime Week is another event scheduled to be on the same dates of OCEANS and will be held at Suntec City, just blocks away from Sands Expo Convention Centre. This is yet another opportunity for our delegates to go and attend another maritime event when they are in Singapore. So, come, participate, and experience an exciting week of conference together with us.