It is our pleasure to co-chair the 2016 MTS/IEEE OCEANS’16 conference and host all of you here in Monterey. With 130 exhibitors, 11 tutorials, 8 workshops and special sessions, nearly 20 student posters, and a record number 510 technical presentations, it looks to be an exceptional week of information-sharing, networking, and engaging in thought-provoking discussions.

If you arrived early, we hope that you enjoyed walking the streets of Carmel, tasting wine in Carmel Valley, hiking through redwoods, kayaking on Monterey Bay, or playing a round of golf at one of the many courses that the Monterey Peninsula is famous for. Perhaps you even participated in the OCEANS’16 golf tournament at Bayonet and Blackhorse Golf Course, which features sweeping vistas of the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the golf tournament, over the weekend the conference organized a workshop for local K-12 teachers. Supported each year by MTS and IEEE OES, the goal of the workshop is to expose teachers to hands-on ocean-related science, technology, engineering, and math activities and curriculum that they can then share with their students.

In addition to whales, sharks, jellies, the vampire squid, and other creatures of the deep, Monterey Bay is home to more than 20 marine science and technology related organizations. Lining the Bay from Santa Cruz to Pacific Grove, these organizations are collectively known as the Monterey Bay Crescent Ocean Research Consortium, or MBCORC. Look for several MBCORC members, including the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and the Marine Advanced Technology Education Center, in the exhibit halls, teacher workshop, and technical sessions.

This year there will be two plenary sessions, each one taking place in the historic Golden State Theatre located on Alvarado Street. The line-up includes four exceptional speakers; you can find their bios both on our web site and in this program. The societies’ awards programs will follow the plenaries; MTS will hold their annual meeting and awards ceremony on Tuesday, while the IEEE OES’ awards will be presented on Wednesday.

We encourage you to make the short walk to the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club for Tuesday’s in-water demonstrations. Your conference program, available electronically via the OCEANS ’16 web site and app, will have the in-water schedule, which include both dockside and boat-based demonstrations. Posted signs will help to direct you there.

Your conference program and app will also serve as your guide to the exhibits and technical program. In addition to booths, in the ballrooms of Portola Hotel and the Monterey Marriott, there will be several outdoor exhibits in the Custom House Plaza. Fifteen concurrent sessions, including panel discussions on ocean observing systems, virtual reality, crowd-funding and other investments in ocean innovation, business development, and the future of oceans (both the conference and our community), will make for a full and comprehensive technical program.

The Wednesday evening Gala will take place at the spectacular, world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. As you enter, make your way to outside to the Great Tide Pool where Aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard will welcome us and share her passion and goal to inspire conservation of the oceans, which is the mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Following Julie, we will announce the winners of the conference’s Student Poster Competition (SPC). The SPC is funded each year by a grant from the Office of Naval Research.

We hope that you have planned to stay on after the conference to continue to enjoy the Monterey Bay region. The scenic and breathtaking Big Sur coastline, giant sequoia redwoods, art galleries, wineries and tasting rooms, beautiful vistas, and endless activities are all just a short drive away from downtown Monterey.

Our goal is that you leave Monterey having broadened your knowledge, networked with peers, built your client and colleague base, and, overall, experienced an exceptional and memorable conference in a beautiful location that leaves you with a desire to return.

On behalf of our local organizing committee, thank you for attending OCEANS’16!

Bill Kirkwood and Jill Zande
Oceans 2016 Co-Chairs

Have questions?
GeneralChair@oceans16mtsieeemonterey.org

Event Information

Event Dates: September 19 - 23, 2016

Event Headquarters: Monterey Conference Center

Address: One Portola Plaza

City, Zip: Monterey 93940

Phone: (831) 646-3770

Website: www.montereyconferencecenter.org

 

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