About the Event

The IMarEST Annual Conference 2020 was held as a flexible two-week virtual event.

Building on last year’s inaugural event, the 2020 Annual Conference featured multiple streams covering many of the hottest topics in the marine realm, from the challenges of decarbonisation and a wider shift to greener, more sustainable ways of operating to developments in the naval sector and the outlook for autonomous systems.

Over the course of two weeks, IMarEST utilised a mixture of live formats – webinars, live debates, 1-2-1 talks with experts, and panel discussions – to provide delegates a flexible and unrivalled opportunity to participate in debates, to learn about subjects outside their day-to-day work, and to make new professional connections.

Although the change to a virtual format was made primarily in response to Covid-19, it allowed international members who ordinarily would be unable to travel to London and attend in person to fully take part in proceedings and bring a global voice to the event.

To maximise interaction and engagement, IMarEST encouraged all delegates to download their new event app, which will help them keep track of what’s happening when, take part in live polls, access supporting content and network with other participants and sponsors.

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Mon, 6 Jul 2020, 16:00 – Fri, 17 Jul 2020, 23:00

Online Event

Andrew Wong (andrew.wong@imarest.org)


About the Organizer

Founded in 1889 and granted a Royal Charter in 1933, IMarEST is the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals.

With a worldwide membership of marine engineers, scientists and technologists based in over 128 countries, IMarEST provide levels of membership for everyone, from professionals seeking to become Chartered or gaining other Professional Recognition, to those just starting out in their careers, or studying in education, or those interested in supporting our work.

IMarEST is an NGO with consultative status at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and observer status at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, International Hydrographic Organization, the London Convention/London Protocol (LC/LP) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP). The organisation has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), which facilitates its access to other international intergovernmental meetings where their specialized marine expertise is of particular use, e.g. the United Nations meetings on Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the work of the International Seabed Authority on marine mining.