As we return from summer break, and parents send their children back to school, we have to wonder – what hasn’t changed? Everything looks a little different this year, whether it’s remote work, masking in schools, social distancing in public places, or reaching for hand sanitizer every time we come home. Our world is a far different place in 2021 than it was in 2019 and getting back to “normal” may take more time than any of us had anticipated.

Many MTS conferences have been postponed, including the Dynamic Positioning Conference, Oceans in Action, and the Buoy Workshop. Some events have been adjusted to protect the health and safety of attendees, like the Offshore Technology Conference. And some have added both onsite protections and a virtual component, such as the OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto conference coming up this September.

MTS volunteers have worked hard to find solutions to both protect the health and safety of our members while still serving the marine technology community with programs designed to expand your horizons, learn and experience cutting-edge technologies in the field of marine science, hear from industry experts and engineers regarding the latest research and innovations, discuss current environmental issues and policies affecting the field, and collaboratively work together to move the fields of marine technology and engineering forward.

The OCEANS conference is a convenient and flexible opportunity to experience great content and network with your peers, and with both an onsite and virtual attendance option, you just can’t miss it this year. With hundreds of attendees and peer-reviewed technical papers, OCEANS is your opportunity to come together with industry thought leaders who gather for four days to highlight relevant topics and current trends, while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field.

I’m excited to share with our membership the special sessions on deck for this year’s conference. I hope you’ll join us in September for these and more programs at OCEANS 2021 San Diego-Porto.

Tuesday, September 21

·       Workshop – DOE/DOC Economic Development Administration 2020 Industry Challenge Workshop  

·       Panel Discussion – The Role of Marine Robotics in Supporting a Sustainable Blue Economy 

Wednesday, September 22 

·       Successful Careers While Operating in the Covid19 Environment, MTS Early Career Ocean Professionals and IEEE OES Young Professionals Special Session Breakfast 

·       The UN Ocean Decade: Sustaining Our Future for the Next 10 Years and Beyond 

·       Expert Panel: Discussion on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) in Marine Technology 

·       Town Hall: Opportunities for Marine Technology in Offshore Wind Development 

Thursday, September 23 

·       Women in Engineering Breakfast 

·       Opportunities in Spain: Blue Tech and the Canary Islands Town Hall 

·       Tech Demo: Instrument Configuration and Data Management Using RBR Ruskin Software Tools 

·       Women in Leadership Luncheon with featured speaker Dr. Margaret Leinen 

·       Town Hall: Women Leadership in Ocean Science and Technology 

·       Connected Oceans with Bristlemouth: Bridging Public and Private Sector to launch Open Standard 

·       Expert Panel: Hadal-class UUVs (Gliders, Landers, AUV, ROV) 


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We also would like to give a warm welcome to our newest MTS Corporate members - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Nautilus Cables, and Sofar Ocean Technologies. We look forward to seeing everyone at OCEANS 2021!


-Kathleen Herndon, PhD, Executive Director

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