Marine Minister Michael Creeed addressing Our Ocean Wealth 2017
The conference extends over two days and will comprise presentations, panel discussions, interactive sessions and networking events. More than 500 national and international delegates from the marine sector are expected in Galway Docks.
Mary Robinson was the 7th President of Ireland and the first female to hold the office. In 2010 she established the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for thought, leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Other speakers include Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astranaut who was appointed by former US President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Administrator (NOAA).
Producer of BBC’s Blue Planet II series Orla Doherty will also address the conference. With family roots in Donegal, Orla is an expert in underwater filming and has captured scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia to the Artic Circle.
This year’s theme, ‘Investing in Marine Ireland’ will focus on progress towards Government’s ambitious targets to double the value of the blue economy by 2030.
The 2018 programme reflects collaboration with State agencies including BIM, Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Failte Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute. Dedicated sessions will address environmental, economic and societal opportunities and challenges to creating a sustainable ocean economy for Ireland.