Global Underwater Hub has announced that registration for Subsea Expo 2023, its annual showcase of underwater technology, has opened.
Taking place in February at P&J Live in Aberdeen, Subsea Expo is the world’s largest exhibition and conference dedicated to the underwater sector. Free to attend, the three-day event is expected to attract up to 6,500 industry professionals and will feature around 150 exhibiting companies.
Held from Tuesday, 21 until Thursday, 23 February, the event provides a platform for companies operating across the underwater industry, which includes offshore renewables, oil and gas, defence, aquaculture, telecoms and subsea mining, to showcase the latest technologies and innovations.
The event theme will be "Into the Blue” which will highlight the potential of the Blue Economy across the established and emerging underwater sectors and how they must work together to maximise on the blue economic opportunities.
Running alongside the exhibition will be a busy conference programme. Multiple parallel sessions will take place over the duration of the three days, featuring discussion on a number of current industry topics. One area where significant debate is expected is around energy security and the protection of critical national underwater infrastructure, such as pipelines and data cables.
Other conference sessions will focus on robotics and autonomous operations; data and digitalisation; doing business underwater; net zero and energy transition; aquaculture; defence and minerals; and subsea production systems and pipelines.
A highlight of the three-day event is the prestigious Subsea Expo Awards. Held on the Wednesday evening, the black-tie dinner recognises the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the underwater sector. The guest speaker on the evening will be space scientist, engineer and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, who will share her love of science and highlight the everyday connections that exist between space and our seas.
Tickets for the awards dinner are on sale now, with the opportunity to purchase individual tickets or tables of ten.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Global Underwater Hub, said: “Subsea Expo will be firmly back in its stride for 2023. Strong stand sales means that we will have an array of companies from across the underwater industry showcasing their capabilities, technologies and innovations, offering a lot for visitors to the exhibition to discover and learn about.
“The conference programme will feature multiple parallel sessions across the three days, providing attendees with discussion on a broad range of current industry challenges, while exploring ways in which we can innovate for the future. Energy security and protecting critical underwater infrastructure will be major talking points, highlighting the importance of the underwater economy.
“Our oceans offer a huge opportunity for our future sustainability. Harnessing the full potential of the blue economy means evoking the pioneering spirit that defined the traditional subsea sector and apply existing technologies in new underwater settings and investing in the development of innovative new tools and skills. Subsea Expo 2023 will provide the arena for the underwater sector to gather and collectively examine and debate how best to effectively and sustainably unlock the potential offered by our oceans.”
Entrance to the exhibition and conference is free of charge. Advance registration is recommended via the event website, www.subseaexpo.com, where information about booking tickets for the Subsea Expo Awards Dinner is also available.
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