June 2019 OES Beacon

Welcome Message from General Chair of  OCEANS 2020 Singapore

Dear Research and Industry Colleagues,

Greetings from Singapore!

After a gap of 14 years, Singapore is set to host again OCEANS Conference during 6–9 April 2020. This instance stands out in particular as OCEANS celebrates its successful legacy on its 50th anniversary. The conference venue, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre is an iconic venue with an infinity swimming pool on its top. OCEANS 2020 Singapore is ex­­pected to attract about 600 delegates and 50 to 60 exhibitors from related industries. Apart from presentations by researchers from many different fields of oceans science and technologies, there will also be special sessions on emerging research and technologies organised by experts in those areas. Another feature of the conference will be sessions and topics focused on local needs and scenarios. I would like to encourage experts to propose and organise such special sessions that would help in furthering research and innovations in their respective fields.

Active student participation is another integral part of OCEANS. There will be a student poster competition where papers from select student submissions are displayed, reviewed and evaluated by experts. Top three winning posters are awarded prize money at the conference. To encourage student participation, limited travel and lodging grants are also offered by OCEANS. So, grab this opportunity to showcase your best research output during the OCEANS conference.

Singapore is one of the busiest ports in the world. It connects over 600 ports in 120 countries with 130,000 vessel calls annually. This heavy-shipping scenario brings up a unique set of complicated operational constraints. On the other hand, we now live in a world that has realized the importance to uphold the sanctity of its oceans. Maintaining a balance between crucial market flow and ocean conservation is a complex problem which demands attention. It may arguably be the most pressing issue at hand. In view of this, our theme for OCEANS 2020 Singapore is “Green Ports: In Harmony with Oceans”, which reflects the need to address the ocean environment through the use of smart marine engineering and technological solutions.

Attending a conference is not just about participation in the technical programme and exhibition. It also provides the 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, good transportation system, world class airport, mouthwatering international cuisine and ease of communication in 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 hours by flight from Singapore.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Singapore for an exciting conference.

Yours Sincerely,
Venugopalan Pallayil
General Chair, OCEANS 2020 Singapore.

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