Innovators: Global Research Collaboration in Marine and Ocean Technologies

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    STORY HIGHLIGHTS

    • PHOTO: From left to right, Les O'Reilly, executive director, OceansAdvance, Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor, City of St. John's, and Dr Henri Rothschild, president and chief executive officer, ISTPCanada. Photo: courtesy Kayla Hancock Photography
    • 54 senior oceans leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel convened in St John's fro three days in March 2011 for a multilateral roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies.
    • Co-hosted by OceansAdvance Inc. and International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada the event may lead to the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence in Marine and Ocean Technologies (GCEMOT) in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    • Event was the first time that representatives from the four Canadian ocean technology research centres—Victoria, Rimouski, Halifax and St John's—presented a pan-Canadian report on R&D capabilities in the sector.
    • Opportunities were identified internationally for specific ocean technology solutions developed in Canada as well as for research into food products and medicines, freshwater production, marine renewable energy and robotics.
    • Delegates committed to promote key recommendations and engage fellow authorities in a discussion of platforms for cross jurisdictional collaboration in multidisciplinary workshops, international centres of excellence and multilateral calls for proposals.
     

    Global Research Collaboration in Marine and Ocean Technologies

    added on July 13, 2011 @ 1:26am by wade

    By Andrew Safer and published in International Ocean Systems Magazine, July/August 2011 edition, Teddington, UK
    Senior ocean leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel gathered in St John's, Newfoundland, earlier this year for a significant Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. Andrew Safer reports

    Fifty-four senior oceans leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel convened in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada, the City of Ocean Excellence, for three days in March 2011 for a Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. OceansAdvance, the organisation which represents the ocean technology cluster in St John's, and International Science and Technology Partnerships Canada (ISTPCanada) co-hosted the event, an important first step that could lead to the establishment of a Global Centre of Excellence in Marine and Ocean Technologies (GCEMOT).

     

    "If you look at what's going on around the world, most recently with the tsunami and the concern about the fallout coming out of Japan, it's challenging us to become more aware of how critical the oceans are to our life on Earth," said Mr Les O'Reilly, executive director of OceansAdvance.

     

    "This initiative directly supports our mandate to foster and promote the development and expansion of an internationally-connected industrial ocean technology cluster in Newfoundland and Labrador. Working together with counterparts from across Canada, we look forward to championing this collaborative R&D initiative and facilitating multilateral R&D projects among participating countries." Read the entire article in International Ocean Systems. Read the article.