Philippe Courmontagne, Chair of OCEANS 2019 Marseille
15 years after the last edition in France of the OCEANS Conference (OCEANS 2005 Brest), the historical and scenic city of Marseille in the South of France will welcome an innovative and dynamic edition: OCEANS 2019 Marseille.
OCEANS 2019 Marseille will be a fantastic place for information sharing and networking, with an exhibition, several tutorials on special interest topics, hundreds of technical presentations and a student poster program. Moreover, for the first time in the OCEANS series, a day will be fully dedicated to the Exhibition, with on-site demonstrations, round tables, symposiums, ministerial delegations … more than a simple exhibition, OCEANS 2019 Marseille will offer a world leading forum, where industry, academia and government organizations will share knowledge and connect with marine science and ocean technology communities.
Furthermore, the theme of the conference, “Let’s sea our future together,” reflects our concern to understand the future of our oceans in terms of the preservation of marine, animal or plant life, as well as the exploitation of new energies.
The Special Marseille Topics will focus on the question of oceans being a keynote of the climate change and will tackle this issue through the following themes:
- Marine observatories
- Renewable energies
- Ocean noise evolution
- Marine life transformation
- Marine pollution
The conference will be hosted in the Marseille Chanot Exhibition & Convention Centre located in the city centre, in close proximity to nice hotels, great restaurants, and of course to the Vieux Port of Marseille (old port) and scenic coastline.
Who could have imagined such a nice city, such a sunny and warm spot, such a place full of history, to host this prestigious event in France? At the gates of Provence and the French Riviera, founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second largest in France after Paris, largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port.
Marseille has much to offer its locals and tourists: an incredible coastline and 300 days of sunshine every year! Marseille has an impressive natural heritage with numerous lush parks in the heart of the city, offering refreshing havens when the sun is beating down. Just a few kilometers from the Vieux-Port lies the Calanques National Park, which is the perfect spot for year-round outdoor activities. The famous Calanques cover 20 kilometers with untamed creeks to explore and clear blue water to enjoy.
As you stroll around this Mediterranean city you will see its impressive heritage for yourself. Marseille is brimming with hidden gems from the old town of Panier to the Second Empire buildings and the Roman churches.
Nearby, the city of Toulon, the fourth-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast, is the first French military port, home of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and its battle group. The presence of these two major ports, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, has generated the development of a large number of institutions (industries, companies and laboratories) dedicated to the exploitation and exploration of the sea.
The Local Organizing Committee is making continuing efforts to offer to participants a memorable experience and has the pleasure to announce that the Conference Gala Dinner will take place in a unique place, accessible to a few privileged people only and highly representative of the efforts of our community in understanding the oceans: the Casa Delauze, the private house of Henri-Germain Delauze, grand industry leader, diver and passionate about the seabed. He founded the COMEX in 1961, today one of the most famous and important companies specialized in ocean engineering, marine and underwater technologies.
Visit the OCEANS 2019 Marseille website (www.oceans19mtsieeemarseille.org) to find out more information about the conference and to keep updated on the latest news.
Do not miss the OCEANS 2019 Marseille key dates:
- Abstract submissionopening: 8 November 2018
- Opening of registration and hotel booking: 7 January 2019
- Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2019
- Deadline for early bird registration fee: 1 May 2019
We are waiting for you in Marseille!