MTS Co-Hosts Capitol Hill Ocean Science & Technology Reception; Attends White House Summit

December 9, 2019

On the eve of the 2019 White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science & Technology, with representation by MTS President, Rick Spinrad, the Marine Technology Society joined Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and fifteen other ocean research and corporate partners to host a reception on Capitol Hill.

Speakers included Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR); RDML Tim Gallaudet, PhD, USN Ret., Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; The Honorable James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy; The Honorable Neil Jacobs, PhD, Assistance Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction; with special remarks by Victor Vescovo, Five Deeps Expedition Leader.

In remarks by the speakers, there was a focus on the nimble adoption of new technologies, research sharing of ocean data, and a call for stronger public/private partnerships.

Victor Vescovo shared with the audience highlights from his Five Deeps Expedition and the building and operation of his Limiting Factor submarine (which is rated for unlimited depths). Vescovo made it clear that he is more than willing to share all of his mapping data and raised the question about why he as a private citizen is “owns” this deep-sea space and what governments should be doing to develop their own technology.

Victor Viscovo

All the speakers alluded to the fact that if the 19th century was the beginning of the Space Race – then this is the century of the Ocean Age.

Read more about the 2019 White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science & Technology. Follow-up sessions to the Summit will be held in various locations throughout the country at academic conferences and regional ocean S&T centers. The first session will take place in San Francisco on December 12, 2019, at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting; further details on this session and other locations will be provided. At the conclusion of these regional sessions, a proceedings report will be developed that will present the results of the community discussion and that will inform how all of us, across the ocean community, can collaborate to advance the ocean S&T enterprise.

Author: Lisa Stryker, MTS Director of Communications and Marketing

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