One of the main economic engines in the state of Mississippi is NASA’s Stennis Space Center, home to the unique assets that allow full-duration operational tests of rocket engines powering missions into space.  That operational aspect of the Center is also reflected in other federal agencies that make Stennis their headquarters – including our Honorary Federal Co-Chairs, the Navy’s Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC).  From Stennis, the Navy supports the entire U.S. Fleet with the environmental information needed to keep assets safe during missions worldwide.  The Buoy Center obtains and provides data from resources across the globe to determine the location, intensity, and track of severe weather events.

For these operations, the Navy, NOAA, and NASA require the very best tools they can find and work into their mission support resources.  OCEANS 2023 provides a great opportunity for these agencies to seek out new and emerging technologies.  With the Navy’s Rear Admiral Ronald Piret and NOAA NBDC Director William Burnett leading our efforts, they will be on the lookout for new technologies, new ideas, and new strategies.  There are a number of ways to bring attention to your efforts at OCEANS 2023.

The call for papers is now open with the deadline approaching in a few short weeks.  Submit your abstract for consideration in the technical program under any of the standard OCEANS tracks – or in one of the 10 custom tracks of importance to the Gulf of Mexico region.

Using the “Experience” drop-down from the website menu, instructions for the submission of abstracts are available under “Submit Paper & Poster.”  But there are other program elements that can be submitted under that link.  Students seeking to be part of the Student Poster Competition can submit their abstracts as well.  Those seeking to propose panel topics, workshops, and town halls can also submit their abstracts via this link.

For those with demonstrable products and services, there is a high-traffic exhibit hall that will also feature a Start-Up Pavilion and an Innovation Theater.  With all breaks and a number of meals served in the exhibit hall, as well as exciting demonstrations in the Innovation Theater, we expect the exhibit hall to buzz with activity.  And as you know, access to the exhibit hall is at no cost and passes will be widely distributed within our local federal partner agencies and other local Blue Economy affiliates.

Registration for OCEANS 2023 will open in June.  Early bird prices will be available – so plan your trip for the coming September and watch the website for new information!