Dr Richard Thain#MTE2018

Our very own Director, Dr. Richard Thain will be joining a number of other marine industry specialists at this year’s Marine Tech Expo in Plymouth.

Taking place at the University of Plymouth on 21 June, and organised by Plymouth City Council, the event will focus on autonomous marine platforms, their applications, cyber security and utilisation of data, systems and sensors.

The day following Marine Tech Expo, there is the opportunity to visit the Marine Station to observe and try out leading marine tech from Plymouth marine experts. There will also be a tour of the UK’s first marine enterprise zone at Oceansgate, an exciting opportunity which will unlock high quality workspace with access to docks over the next three years.


The Expo will showcase businesses, innovation and research from Plymouth and the wider South Coast Marine Cluster geography, alongside national and international contributions, to ensure an inspiring line up of experts and contributors.

Richard will be joining the Question Time Panel taking place at 3.50pm, where you can join industry experts discussing key opportunities and challenges for future workforce and skills.

Chaired by Professor Deborah Greaves, Head of School of Engineering at the University of the Plymouth, the panel consists of; James Fenshaw, Chair of the Maritime Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group, Professor Stephen De Mora, Chief Executive of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Professor Willie Wilson, Director of the Marine Biological Association, Michael Dieroff, Digital Policy Alliance UK Chairman, Security Skills and Partnership, and CEO Bluescreen IT, and Gordon Meadows, Chair, IMarEST Special Interest Group on Marine Autonomous Systems and Associate Professor at Southampton Solent University.

The event programme features 34 high profile, inspiring speakers, including international keynote Ralph Rayner, non-executive chairman of Sonardyne International; Michael Jones from USA’s biggest Marine Cluster, The Marine Alliance; and Chris Langford of Thales Group, which recently relocated Plymouth for its unrivalled location for deep water access. The full programme can be viewed here.

Programme director and IMarEST Board Member, Professor John Chudley, said: “Plymouth’s first Marine Tech Expo in 2016 was a huge success and this year will be no different, with the event programme specifically designed to support marine businesses to innovate, create a competitive edge and ultimately grow; creating high value knowledge-based jobs. It provides a real opportunity to network with other key decision makers and keep up to date with the latest industry innovations.”

For more information about the Marine Tech Expo, and for ticket sales, visit www.marinetechexpo.co.uk.