Oceans in Action 2019

November 4-6, 2019
Courtyard Marriott Beachfront Gulfport, Mississippi

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.

NEW this year! 

  • Expanded pier-side demonstrations supporting the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise Gulf Coast
  • High-level presentations and panels by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • More panels and meetings focused on how to do business with these and other federal agencies

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


Monday, Nov. 4

11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Early registration and exhibitor set-up
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Welcome remarks and sessions
5:30 pm – 7:30pm – MIST Cluster Reception

Tuesday, Nov. 5

8:00 am – 12:30 pm – Sessions
12:30 pm– 1:30 pm – Lunch (sponsored by Radiance Technologies)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Keynote – Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., U.S. Navy (ret); Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere/Deputy NOAA Administrator
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Sessions
5:00 pm– 7:00 pm – City of Gulfport Reception

Wednesday, Nov. 6

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Keynote – RDML John A. Okon; Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; Commander, Task Group 80.7
8:30 am– 10:00 am – Sessions
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Tours of USM’s Marine Research Center and Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) pier-side demonstrations; including address by RDML John A. Okon at 1:00pm
Lunch on your own – food trucks available at pier
10:00 am – 4:00 pm– Business-to-government meetings


Early-Bird Pricing – Register by September 27
MTS Members $100, Non-Members $200, Students $25
* Join MTS and register at the member rate. Individual Memberships are only $75 a year. Learn More

Regular Pricing
MTS Members $200, Non-Members $300
* Join MTS and register at the member rate. Individual Memberships are only $75 a year. Learn More

Travel Information

Hotel Information

Courtyard Marriott Beachfront
1600 Beach Blvd, Gulfport MS  39501, 228-864-4310

Room Block Dates: November 4-6, $94/night – BOOK BY OCTOBER 14, TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED RATE
Room Block Code: Marine Technology Society

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, laurie.jugan@usm.edu for more information about sponsorship.


Sponsorship and Event Questions – Laurie Jugan, laurie.jugan@usm.edu
Event Registration Questions – Kristina Norman, kristina.norman@mtsociety.org

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