The Future of Oceanology International 2024

The Future of Oceanology International 2024
With over 8,000 attendees targeted for 2024, it is a must-attend event for those involved in exploring, monitoring, developing or protecting the world’s oceans, from seabed to surface and beyond. (Image credit: ReedX)

Innovation, sustainability and new applications for technology will be at the heart of Oceanology International 2024 (Oi24), with anticipation building for the opening of the next Oi event at London’s ExCeL from March 12–14, 2024.

Oi’s focus in 2024 will reflect today’s global challenges confronting the industry and influencing the trajectory of technology development across numerous ocean-based sectors. Key themes such as the energy transition, climate change and ocean health, offshore energy, geotechnics, hydrography and ocean science, improved sustainability in offshore operations and the development of ocean-tech investment and finance opportunities, plus new applications of autonomous systems and AI, and ocean connectivity, will feature throughout the exhibition and the varied conference programmes.

Dan Hook, Oi24 committee member, CEO at RAD and Consultant Marine Technologist, said: “Oi has always been a solid date in the calendar for getting updates on information, meeting customers, potential suppliers, hearing what’s happening in the industry—whether you are there for one day or the whole event. As a new committee member, I look forward to hearing about the latest innovations, the latest companies, the latest user cases, and the latest industry success stories.”


With exhibitor product development and R&D cycles aligned with Oi’s return to London every two years, more than 100 companies are expected to conduct product or service launch activity in 2024. Oi24 is introducing new solutions, with scheduled launches, promotion, PR and demonstration activities, delivering an enhanced launch platform and greater reach for exhibitors,

Oi’s global connections will also be showcased with 10+ International and Regional Pavilions, promoting more than 100+ SME’s, start-ups, accelerators and innovation clusters.

Unique feature areas on the show floor in 2024 include the Future Tech Hub, highlighting the start-up and tech-accelerators who are building transformative new technological eco systems.

OceanICT, powered by ON&T in 2024, is a co-located event within the main exhibition hall and will be a focal meeting point for visitors to engage with information and communication technology (ICT) experts and discover how recent breakthroughs are facilitating a smarter, more sustainable ocean through greater connectivity.

The popular Dockside Demonstrations return on the Royal Victoria Dock giving Oi24 visitors the opportunity to experience different vehicle, imaging, sonar and instrumentation technologies live, in- and on- the water.

The final day of Oi24 sees the return of the Catch the Next Wave conference, examining how emerging scientific understanding and disruptive technologies will contribute to information and enable the continued transition of the Ocean Economy.

As always, there will be three days of Technical and Ocean Futures-focused content across five different conference locations.


Oi is an unmissable date in the calendar for returning exhibitors, while a range of new companies to the event are looking forward to making their debut in 2024.

Rob Smets, Head of Business Development at uWare Robotics, said: “There is no better place to be if you work around underwater robotics. So, when we were contacted by Oi to be part of future technology, we didn’t have to think about it. It fits our roadmap perfectly. Next year will really be about production and increasing our sales network. So, Oi is just the perfect place to be for us.”

This story was originally featured in ON&T's December Special Edition 2023 issue. Click here to read more.


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