Events March 2021 OES Beacon

Welcome to OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto

San Diego Co-Chairs: Alan Kenny, Robert Wernli

Porto Co-Chairs: António Pascoal, Eduardo Silva, João Borges de Sousa

Welcome to OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto

We’re going Hybrid!

Rooted in the success of previous OCEANS Conferences, OCEANS 2021 is poised to be an even stronger global event. With the European conference delayed due to the pandemic, the Porto, Portugal, OCEANS 2021 spring conference team has joined forces with the San Diego team to bring you Global OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto, a hybrid event with both an in-person and virtual presence possible.  While we hope to see as many attendees as possible enjoy the in-person conference in San Diego, everyone who wishes to attend worldwide will have a virtual venue available to enjoy the significant benefits of the conference not found anywhere else in 2021 – technical innovation, scientific research, and high-level agency and commercial budget and investment briefings. In addition, come and enjoy the in-person joint kickoff with the United Nations of its IOC “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.”

For the benefit of all attendees, whether in-person or virtual, both San Diego and Porto will hold, or present, their plenaries, workshops, etc., during the standard OCEANS schedule and in their respective time zones. All technical papers and posters, whether virtual, or in-person, will be uploaded and on line access will be available to registrants for a month after the conference ends.

The San Diego website has been updated to reflect the new hybrid conference (  This also includes an updated exhibitor floor plan that provides a more efficient interaction between the exhibitors and attendees. Our call for papers has also been issued. The technical program will provide in-person presentations, which are also uploaded to the virtual program site, for those who can attend in San Diego; for those authors who cannot attend in San Diego, they will also have the ability to upload their presentations to the virtual program site. All registered attendees will have access to all technical papers and events that have been uploaded.

Global OCEANS 2021 Porto

The Global OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto virtual conference will provide lively presentations and discussions on oceans-related issues and the ability to experience the magic of the oceans spanning centuries of maritime history. The Porto virtual conference will complement the in-person San Diego portion of this hybrid event, providing a method for everyone to participate regardless of any travel issues. Our Porto themes are:

・Opening the Ocean Frontier:  A New Age of Discoveries

・Ocean science and technology for the benefit of humankind.

The innovative Global OCEANS 2021 Porto program will include technical sessions, invited sessions on specialized topics, plenary sessions, a student poster competition, outreach and media sessions, discussion panels, live feeds, and virtual exhibits. Global OCEANS 2021 Porto is all about connecting the world-wide community with the goals of opening the ocean frontier at the dawn of a new age of discoveries for the benefit of mankind. There will be new forms of participation, namely of young students and researchers from distant communities bordering the world’s oceans, thus reinforcing the global dimension of the event.

Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego

For those attending the in-person portion of the hybrid conference, the Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego committee invites you to beautiful San Diego to participate in the world’s most prestigious, comprehensive, and diverse conference and exposition regarding our most critical resource—the oceans.  Coordinated with the kickoff of the United Nations “Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030), this will be the 8th time the OCEANS conference has come to San Diego, a venue that has consistently provided the largest and most successful OCEANS conferences ever.

Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego will be an in-person event and will expand significantly in scope, bringing together key international industry and government stakeholders, focusing on investment plans/strategies during the upcoming five years as well as emerging technologies, new science and research initiatives, and the latest in commercial products.

In addition to the excellent technical program for which OCEANS is well known, Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego will be structured with three key underlying categories of interest to all attendees:

・“InFocus” – on the latest in new and emerging technologies

・“InQuire” – on innovative research and science

・“InVest” – investment strategies and spending priorities from high-level stakeholders and officials from the U.S. and international governments, the oil and gas industry, Departments of Defense and Energy, local and federal regulatory agencies and a wide range of ocean industries.

The theme for Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego is “Sustaining our Oceans . . . Sustaining our Future,” reflecting on the critical nature and importance of our industry and its sustaining technologies.  New Technical tracks will include Artificial Intelligence (AI), the great challenge of Data Management, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and will present emerging technologies for ocean stewardship, food supply production and management, national defense, energy production, and overall management of the oceans and waterways.  Assuring a successful conference will be committee members from the highly successful 2013 and 2003 San Diego OCEANS conferences along with new, influential and highly capable technical, academic and business leaders.  Your Global OCEANS committee is working diligently to bring together influential buyers, investors, stakeholders, industry experts, and innovators from government agencies, industry, and academia.

The OCEANS conferences, jointly sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), attract thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors every year.  These international conferences are a major forum for scientists, engineers and those with an interest in the oceans to gather and exchange their knowledge and ideas regarding the future of the world’s oceans. In addition, the in-person Global OCEANS 2021 San Diego event will include a two-night film festival and weekend golf tourney to kick-off the week’s activities that will also include additional educational sessions and a gala banquet. For a photographic taste of the OCEANS 2012 San Diego conference, visit the Blast from the Past in this issue of the Beacon.

Whether joining the Global OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto conference virtually, or in-person, we look forward to once again giving you access to the world’s latest technology. See you in September.