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      • Press Release 14 Oct. 2022 - Sea Tech Week® 2022: Positive and promising

      • Between 26 and 30 September, the 13th Sea Tech Week® brought together a thousand people from Brest, France, Europe and the wider world. The hot topic was ‘Maritime transport, towards smarter & greener solutions’. This was a meeting of experts who care deeply about the environmental and economic future of our planet.
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      • Researchers, businesses, professionals and students with links to the ocean and innovation gathered in Brest for Sea Tech Week®, organised by Technopôle Brest-Iroise and the Campus mondial de la mer community. For over 20 years now, this international focus on marine science and technology has brought together experts every two years for meetings and discussions about the biggest issues they face. The week incorporates a conference, a trade show, B2B meetings and much more. This year’s theme was crucial at a time when the limits on energy and resource availability are becoming ever clearer, trade and communications are increasingly globalised, and the climate crisis is making its presence felt. The event looked to start a virtuous circle of decarbonisation in relation to maritime transport and associated issues.

        “As President of Technopôle Brest-Iroise, I am very proud of what the latest Sea Tech Week® has achieved. It delivered on its promises: this was a real meeting point for business and research, at the heart of the Campus mondial de la mer community. There were also lots of discussions with the many international counterparts who attended. I’d like in particular to thank the Indian delegation – led by India’s ambassador to France – with whom we have formalised cooperation on business and research.”

        Michel Gourtay, President of Technopôle Brest-Iroise

        India as guest of honour

        Maritime stakeholders in Brest and Brittany, represented by the Campus mondial de la mer community, aim to make and consolidate links with the featured country. At Sea Tech Week® 2022, India was featured and brought some 50 delegates to the event; the country already has connections to multiple French education and research establishments. We were honoured to receive India’s ambassador to France, His Excellency Jawed Ashraf, and representatives from Indian research and higher education establishments (including NIOT*, NIO* and IIT Goa*) also took part in our conference and parallel sessions. Sea Tech Week® participants and visitors witnessed displays of Indian maritime excellence at the country’s pavilion. This was opened by His Excellency Jawed Ashraf in the presence of French ambassador for polar and maritime issues Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, Mayor of Brest François Cuillandre, and President of Technopôle Brest-Iroise Michel Gourtay. The Indian delegation enjoyed visiting parts of the Campus mondial de la mer community including the Port of Brest, the Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM), and the French National Institute for Ocean Science (Ifremer).

        *National Institute of Ocean Technology, National Institute of Oceanography, Indian Institute of Technology Goa

        A full programme of events

        Sea Tech Week® comprised a conference held over four and a half days, with three plenaries and 30 parallel sessions: plenty of scope to explore maritime transport and related issues more broadly, providing a platform for experts and professionals alike. The issues addressed included new forms of propulsion for decarbonised maritime transport, the challenges of data in relation to maritime transport, and developments in the sector’s professions and training, including the role of women. Alongside these key topics, parallel sessions focused on issues including climate change adaptation, artificial intelligence, wind propulsion, marine pollution, marine renewable energy, the prospects for hydrogen, and underwater noise prevention and reduction. All these specialist areas are interconnected and bring new prospects for development towards greener, cleaner maritime transport.

        Making connections and starting conversations

        As we have seen before, networking opportunities at Sea Tech Week® have once again produced new collaborations. Naval Group and IIT Goa signed a partnership agreement on a research project seeking to improve analysis of data gathered by underwater sensors. Crédit Mutuel Arkéa’s Pure Ocean fund also took advantage of Sea Tech Week® to launch a fresh call for projects. It aims to fund innovations that protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems.

        Besides the official events, Sea Tech Week® enables participants to arrange their own appointments: 100 B2B meetings linked 46 organisations.

        Over 300 future experts and colleagues – currently at school, college or university – came to our exhibition, attended parallel sessions, visited companies or laboratories and met the participants.

        Of the 1,000 people who took part, over 200 were from outside France.

        The position of women was an issue raised this year, and women certainly made their presence felt: a plenary on developments in maritime sector professions and training highlighted the progress already made, as well as the distance left to travel. Among the contributors were the OECD, Campus des industries navales (CiNav), and a former ENSTA Bretagne student now employed at Groupe SNEF. We were also pleased that several school and college students from Brest took part, gaining an insight into maritime transport and the job roles available. The exhibition included portraits of successful women in research and business.

        What’s next?

        The organisers Technopôle Brest-Iroise and the wider Campus mondial de la mer community would love you to save the date for the 14th Sea Tech Week® in October 2024. Before that, on 24 and 25 May 2023 Brest will be hosting European Maritime Day (EMD), organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

        About Sea Tech Week®

        Sea Tech Week® is an international event dedicated to marine and maritime science and technology. It attracts over a thousand top international experts to Brest, France, every two years, representing a wide variety of ocean-related disciplines. Sea Tech Week® is a conference including science and technology talks, a professional trade fair, BtoB meetings, company and laboratory tours and a gala evening.

        This event provides scientists, companies, clusters, students and others the opportunity to share progress in research and innovation, forge a professional network of contacts and improve partnerships and cooperation.

        Sea Tech Week® is organised by Technopôle Brest-Iroise through Campus mondial de la mer, France’s premier community of experts in studying and working with the ocean, located at the tip of Brittany. This event is supported by Brest métropole, Brittany Region, the European Union (ERDF) and Crédit Mutuel Arkéa

        Sea Tech Week® website: www.seatechweek.eu

        @SeaTechWeek / #SeaTech2022


        Photo: Julien Creff

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