INSS involvement in various
signals that the international profile of Irish marine science has
dramatically increased over the last few years (not least because
of the the exposure garnered from the INSS) many conferences, some
large and prestigious international events, were held in Ireland in
2004. The INSS team took just a demonstrative part in some of them
but also played an active part in the planning and organisation of
GeoHAB (Geological Habitat Mapping Symposium) was held in Galway
from 5-7 May. The GSI and the Marine Institute were co-sponsors of
this international conference which concentrated on marine geological
and biological habitat mapping. A session was dedicated to INSS together
with exhibit stands displaying some of the data.
EurOCEAN 2004 was also held in Galway in May (10-13). The Marine Institute,
in association with the EU Commission and the ESF-Marine Board, hosted
this prestigious conference as an Irish EU Presidency Event. The Conference
reviewed marine R&D projects supported under the EU's 5th and
6th Framework Programmes and contributed to the European Marine Research
Agenda over the coming decade.
The INSS was devoted
a special presentation on the evening of the 11th May from 18.00
- 19.30 hrs. We also had a presence at the Ireland stand in the
exhibition area. The audience was very international in nature so
it was an excellent opportunity to promote the INSS to a broadly
based European and international audience.
The very successful
conference concluded with the agreement of the "Galway Declaration."
More details here.
From June 21-22 the INSS exhibited
at Energy Ireland 2004 conference. With the INSS providing data of possible
real value in the areas of sustainable energy (e.g. possible appropriate
locations of new offshore windfarm developments) and alternative energy
(locations and understanding of gas hydrates) it was appropriate that
GSI should decide to exhbit at this annual conference. Held in the Burlington
in Dublin, it provided us the opportunity to pitch the INSS at a slightly
more unusual audience than normal.
The INSS also exhibited at
the Young Scientists Exhibition in the
RDS in Dublin in January and then in March at Oceanology
in London. Click on the highlighted terms for reviews of each.
took place in Galway from 2-4 November 2004. This was the Biennial
Conference of the Hydrographic Society and this year was the first time
it had ever been held in Ireland - a tribute to the INSS's vaunted standing
in global marine science. Representatives from GSI met with the conference's
organising committee (University of Plymouth personnel on this occasion)
in Galway 18 months ago to assist in the planning of this prestigious
event which attracted almost 300 delegates from around the world.. Founded
in 1972 and with headquarters at the University of East London this society
is an international learned organisation maintaining five national branches,
in Australasia, the Benelux, Denmark, the UK and US. The Society's principal
aims include the promotion of the science of surveying over water and
related disciplines as well as the fostering of recognised standards of
education and training for those engaged, or intending to engage in hydrographic
of GSI's excellent relationship with the Hydrographic Society and
the conference's organising committee we decided to attach our own
Annual Seminar onto the end of the conference - 5 November, at the
same Galway Bay Hotel venue. This offered many international delegates,
in particular, the opportunity to stay over for an extra night in
order to update themselves on the progress of the Irish National Seabed
Survey. GSI and the Hydrographic Society actively co-operated in the
joint promotion of both events.
||There is an ongoing need
to target a couple of conferences each year to publicise the INSS
to the international marine science community. Our exhibit was very
popular with a steady stream of attendees visiting the stand and asking
for information. Our presence as an exhibitor also facilitated the
consolidation of our relationship with several important industry
players. Broadly speaking, the conference was primarily attended by
Professionals (including Sales Personnel), most of whom, as peers,
were in a position to credibly review what we've achieved thus far
in INSS, and their feedback was hugely positive.
Three talks on INSS were
delivered over the three-day conference. Mick Geoghegan (GSI) and Fiona
Fitzpatrick (MI) jointly delivered an Overview and Progress Report on
INSS, Tommy Furey (MI) delivered a review of Ancillary Projects within
INSS and Sean Cullen (GSI) wrapped up the conference with a number of
announcements and closing remarks.
'05 will take place in Dublin in April 2005. This is the biennial
Kongsberg Simrad forum for Multibeam echo sounder system users. The objective
of FEMME conferences is to maximize the real-life performance of Kongsberg
Simrad Multibeams; in the context of the Irish National Seabed Survey
this objective is of utmost interest to GSI. This is the first time Kongsberg
has brought this conference to Ireland, recognition indeed of the international
awareness of the importance of Ireland's seabed survey.