March 2022 OES Beacon

OCEANS Conferences 2022

John Watson, OES Vice-President for OCEANS

By the time you read this OCEANS 2022 Chennai (chennai22.oceansconference.org ) will, in all probability, be over. The impact of COVID-19 is still having an effect on our OCEANS program, and Chennai is no exception. Our local committee had to adopt and adapt to a hybrid conference, utilizing both in-person and virtual components. This they did with enthusiasm and diligence, and I can confidently predict that those who attended (in whatever form, virtual or in-person) will have had a worthwhile and successful, and enjoyable, conference. Given the extenuating circumstances I wish to extend, in advance, my thanks and congratulations to the LOC and all who have contributed to OCEANS in Chennai.

And so,,, onto OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads (hamptonroads22.oceansconference.org ). The Hampton Roads team are up and running towards October. They are also facing the same decision as Chennai: do they stick with in-person or adopt a virtual element? At the time of writing, and being aware of the ever-changing virus situation, it looks like a significant virtual component is likely. The Call for Papers will be issued following the Chennai conference. There will be an update on Hampton Roads in the next issue of BEACON.