From September 25–28, 2023, global marine scientists, technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates are gathering in Biloxi, MS to focus on the world’s largest natural resource—our oceans. Sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Oceanic Engineering Society (OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), the OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast conference provides a unique opportunity for the people who make marine instruments that collect the data to interact with the people who use marine data in industry, academia, and government.
NOAA and the U.S. Navy are serving as Federal Honorary Co-Chairs for OCEANS 2023. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to a number of U.S. Navy and NOAA offices, including NCEI’s Stennis Space Center location. NCEI staff have been part of the local organizing committee for OCEANS 2023, and other NCEI staff are serving as session chairs and speakers during the conference. NCEI scientists will present on microplastics and marine geological samples.
Over 500 professionally reviewed technical papers will be presented over the course of the conference, but there will be much more. On Monday, September 25 there were special training sessions, including one led by NCEI on metadata. Each day, plenary sessions feature leaders from industries, academia, the military, and the government, including Nicole R. LeBoeuf, Assistant Administrator, NOAA’s National Ocean Service. There are also panels and town halls that encourage discussion. Students and early career professionals have events to assist them on their paths including a student poster session and a career fair. There are over 100 exhibitors. The conference concludes on the final day with attendees going to the Port of Gulfport to learn more about the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX). Find out about new technologies being considered for Navy, NOAA, and other agency missions.