Press Release


October 15, 2019

Contact: Brittany White

OCEANS 2019 Seattle Conference Highlights Blue Technology Collaborations for Future Sustainable Ocean Development and Marine Debris Mitigation

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, October 15, 2019 – Organizers expect more than 1,500 scientists and engineers to attend OCEANS 2019 Seattle, scheduled for October 27-31, at the Washington State Convention Center. More than 300 scientific research papers and posters will be presented at the annual fall OCEANS Conference that connects ocean researchers with the engineers and companies making instruments, vehicles, and other technologies vital to their work.

“OCEANS is a premier event in the community of ocean technologists, and Seattle is an ideal venue, given its geography and its rich tradition in marine technology. We’re looking forward to an exciting set of presentations and exhibits,” says Marine Technology Society President Richard W. Spinrad, Ph.D., Chartered Marine Scientist.

Attracting presenters and attendees from around the world, OCEANS 2019 Seattle features an Exhibit Hall filled with manufacturers and service providers offering hardware and analytics critical to ongoing study. Participants – ranging from undergraduate students attending their first professional conference to seasoned investigators and inventors – come to learn the latest ocean science results during paper and poster presentations, gain hands-on instrument skills during technical demonstrations and build professional networks.

“OCEANS 2019 Seattle’s focus on blue technology reflects the region’s leadership position in that field,” says Fritz Stahr, General Chair, OCEANS 2019 Seattle and Chief Technology Officer at MRV Systems, LLC. Stahr continues, “This presents an unparalleled opportunity to tap into the intellectual capacity for blue tech solutions to support sustainable ocean use and development, as well as reducing and remediating marine debris.”

To that end, OCEANS 2019 Seattle scheduled special sessions on Tuesday, October 29, to focus on these issues including a panel discussion on the upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; a Federal Agency Town Hall with leading representatives from seven agencies discussing their vision for government collaboration on ocean observing; and, a special Town Hall that explores the global challenge of handling marine debris. Moderated presentations by panels of experts will be followed by breakout sessions and discussions for participants to formulate recommended action-steps and policies going forward.

To learn more, visit Media who want to attend conference sessions or visit the Exhibit Hall should RSVP for credentials to Brittany White at, or call 972-349-7830.

About the OCEANS Conference series

Established in 1970, the OCEANS conference series is co-sponsored by the IEEE/Oceanic Engineering Society and the Marine Technology Society. It is a major forum for scientists, engineers, and end-users throughout the world to present and discuss the latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in all areas of oceanic science and engineering. Until 2005, OCEANS conferences were held annually in the fall in the northern hemisphere.  Since 2005, the OCEANS conference has been held twice a year with one conference held annually in September-October in North America, and one conference held in May-June in Europe in odd numbered years and Asia-Pacific in even numbered years.

About the Conference Sponsoring Societies

The Oceanic Engineering Society strives for the advancement of the theory and practice of electrotechnology, allied branches of engineering, and related arts and sciences, applied to all bodies of water, and the maintenance of high professional and ethical standards among its members and affiliates.

Founded in 1963, the Marine Technology Society (MTS) is an international, not-for-profit, community of ocean engineers, technologists, policymakers and educators. The Society raises awareness about marine technologies, promotes scientific advancements in the field, and supports the professional development of practitioners.