Oceans in Action

Join us for Oceans In Action 2021, an in-person event highlighting how marine science and technology research efforts are integrated into operational missions, results, and decision-making tools.  Featuring an event Center where we can socially distance if necessary, this year’s event will also highlight results of the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) vignettes that took place in the Gulf of Mexico in 2020, as well as details on NOAA’s increased support to that program.  More information will be available on this website in January 2021 – looking forward to seeing everyone in person!

WHEN: May 17-19, 2021

WHERE: Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, Biloxi, MS.  Ballroom A.

What’s Oceans in Action All About?

It’s the premier Gulf Coast regional marine technology event focusing on emerging technologies – bringing together federal, state, local, and private organizations for presentations, business-to-business/business-to-government meetings, exhibits of the latest technology, and pier-side demonstrations in association with the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise Gulf Coast.

Event Highlights

  • In-room exhibit tables
  • Themed exhibit rooms
    • Marine Industries Science & Technology (MIST) Cluster
    • Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative (MDDI)
  • One-on-one Business-to-Business and Business-to-Government meetings
  • Networking receptions

Hear from Local and Regional Agencies

  • USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF)
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
  • The Port of Gulfport and the Ocean Enterprise
  • Newest developments at the University of Southern Mississippi, including support to aquaculture research at the Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center
  • Additional presentations from local collaborative groups and emerging technologies

Schedule: TBA

Exhibitor Information: TBA


MTS Members $200, Non-Members $300, Students $25

Travel Information

Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott Beachfront
1600 Beach Blvd, Gulfport MS  39501, 228-864-4310
Room Block Dates: November 4-6, $94/night
Room Block Code: Marine Technology Society
*Note – the room block is almost sold out, additional rooms are available at the Oasis Resort.

Centennial Plaza/Oasis Resort
200 E Beach Blvd, Gulfport, MS 39507
Room Block Dates: November 4-6, $94/night
Make a Reservation: Call 228-206-6560 or book online using the code O1911MTS under “special codes” “group code”

Getting There

The Gulfport/Biloxi Airport is the closest airport to the workshop.  Alternatives include:

  1. New Orleans Airport (1.5-hour drive – car rental is the best option – there is no shuttle and Uber/taxis are very costly, if available.)
  2. Mobile Airport (1.5-hour drive – car rental is the best option)


From the Gulfport airport, the hotel is I-49 South to Hwy 90, then left (going east) for 1.1 miles. The hotel is on the left. Taxis or Ubers are available. Once you arrive at the hotel, transportation for all workshop events is provided. There are a few restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.


Reach marine technology companies, government agencies, educators, and researchers. Become a sponsor of Oceans in Action.

  • Exhibit Table – $500
  • Oversized Booth – $2,500
  • Break Sponsorship – $1,000
  • Breakfast Sponsorship – $2,500
  • Lunch Sponsorship – $3,500
  • Bronze Sponsorship – $2,000
  • Silver Sponsorship – $5,000
  • Gold Sponsorship – $10,000

Contact Laurie Jugan, lajconsulting@bellsouth.net for more information about sponsorship. Click here for exhibitor information.


Sponsorship and Event Questions – Laurie Jugan, lajconsulting@bellsouth.net
Event Registration Questions – Kristina Norman, kristina.norman@mtsociety.org

Thank You to Our Event Partners:

Marine Industries Science and Technology Cluster
Mississippi Defense Initiative
City of Gulfport
Radiance Technologies

Additional Support Provided By:

Colsa Corporation
General Dynamics
Teledyne Marine

In Partnership with:

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