Sea Tech Week, international marine science and technology week, brings to the city of Brest (France) every two years leading international experts in various marine-related disciplines. 2014 attracted more than a thousand delegates, 40% from abroad.
Sea Tech Week includes scientific and technology conferences and workshops, as well as a business part (professional trade fair, B2B meetings…).
For the 10th edition, Sea Tech Week will focus on SEA & DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, in the scope of the national label “French Tech” obtained in 2015. This theme will be declined in a large range of topics in conferences and workshops: observation, robotics, bioinformatics, sensors, modelling, human-machine interface, data science…
The Safer Seas international event came to a close on Friday, 30th October, following five days of discussions and highlights of maritime safety and security. The reviews look extremely positive. A comprehensive range of stakeholders from the maritime world seized the opportunity and converged on Brest for the fourth Safer Seas event, this year featuring the key themes of climate and blue growth.
- Safer Seas 2015 has welcomed almost 1,000 participants from institutions, science, academia, industry, navigation, ship-owning, etc.
- 300 students from advanced HE institutes and universities in Brest and France have followed the various discussions via videoconference link.
- 35 nationalities have attended, with many representatives from Europe as well as a strong delegation from Quebec, including the General Secretary for Maritime Affairs, and other representatives from around the world. For example, we have had delegates from Argentina, Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, the United States and some African countries.
Key European Union figures have responded to the invitation to attend Safer Seas as have well-known names such as Jean Jouzel and members of the French government such as Alain Vidalies, Secretary of State for Transport, the Sea and Fishing, and Michel Aymeric, Secretary General of the Sea.
UN agencies have also been present in significant numbers with delegations that have included Frederick Kenney, Director of Legal and External Affairs at the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and Mathieu Belbéoch of JCOMMOPS World Meteorological Organisation, a UNESCO body.
A strong signal was sent out as the maritime world mobilised in force to attend the fourth Safer Seas event. While major advances in maritime safety and security have been recorded in recent years, these five days have demonstrated that we nonetheless remain vigilant and are engaged in proactive and preventative approaches to ensuring safer, cleaner seas.
Furthermore, the fact that a full range of maritime players and professionals has mobilised in large numbers on this occasion once again legitimises the role played by Brest métropole and Technopôle Brest Iroise in organising such an event. Brittany is a region of many assets, successfully highlighted at Safer Seas through the presence of a dozen local businesses (notably Kenta Electronic, CLS, etc.) and other companies specialising in the field of maritime signalling (AISM).
The change of format, with round-table discussions and chaired themed sessions, has played a major part in promoting exchanges between participants, enhancing the quality of debate. Safer Seas has been a resounding success. The conversations started during this week will undoubtedly feed into the exchanges at COP21 in December 2015.