Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 Call for Abstracts

The Program Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for presentation at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 (Paris, 20-22 Nov), with the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”.

Abstracts must be 150 words or less exclusive of the title and the author citations. Abstracts should be text only and should not contain footnotes, endnotes, citations, graphs, images or other illustrations. Abstract titles must be limited to ten words.

Abstracts must indicate which session in the draft SOS 2019 Program they are targeting and must be relevant to the “Framing Questions” of the session. Click here for the latest version of the SOS 2019 Program. Presenters selected for inclusion in the program are required to be registered, paid participants at SOS 2019.

The deadline for abstract submission is 30 July 2019. Interested parties are invited to send their submissions to [email protected].

SOS 2019 Program Overview

Over 2.5 days, SOS 2019 delegates will explore a range of cross-sectoral topics, strategies and solutions through plenary and parallel sessions and workshops. The working format will help identify clear, realistic pathways to achieving shared objectives for sustainable ocean use, with a focus on “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”.

OCEAN INVESTMENT AND INNOVATION: Plenaries, Parallels, Workshops, Roundtables

  • Institutional Investors and the Blue Economy: Ocean Opportunities for Pension Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Corporate Investment in Ocean Sustainable Development Solutions
  • Impact Investment, Blended Finance and the Blue Economy
  • Philanthropic Investment and the Blue Economy
  • Family Offices and Financing for Ocean Health and Sustainability
  • Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles
  • Offshore Energy: Oil and Gas Industry Role in Advancing Offshore Renewables
  • Blue Economy Blockchain: Linking Around the World and Across the Sectors for Ocean Sustainable Development
  • Global Blue Economy Innovation Network: Accelerators, Incubators and Challenge Competitions for Ocean Sustainable Development


  • Ocean Executive Forum: The Signature SOS Multi-Sector Panel of CEOs
  • Women in Ocean Industries: Leadership and Sustainable Development
  • The Digital Ocean, Big Ocean Data and the Ocean Cloud
  • The Navy and Maritime Industries: Exploring Synergies in Ocean Sustainable Development, Science and Stewardship
  • Blue Economy Business Projections: Ocean 2030 (covering ocean transportation, energy, food, tourism and minerals)
  • Investing in People: Young Ocean Professionals, Sustainable Development and Jobs in the Blue Economy



  • UN Law of the Sea: New Legally Binding Instrument on Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and Ocean Industries
  • Multi-Use Platforms: Ocean Use Synergies for Decommissioned Platforms and a New Era of Offshore Structures


  • Port Resiliency to Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events: Private Sector Collaboration to Advance Infrastructure Adaptation, especially for Small Islands and Developing Countries
  • Ocean NETs: Responsible Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) for CO2 Sequestration at Sea
  • Arctic Sustainable Development and the Northern Sea Route


  • U.N. Decade of Ocean Science and SMART Ocean-SMART Industries: Advancing Ocean and Climate Data Collection from Ships and Platforms
  • Seabed 2030: Accelerating Ocean Industry Leadership on Global Seafloor Mapping
  • EU Collaborative Vision for a Sustainable Ocean: Investing in Ocean Data and Deliverables


  • Port Reception Facilities: Delivering Marine Debris Disposal Needs at a Global, Multi-Sectoral Scale
  • The Circular Economy at Sea: Tackling the 20% by Addressing Plastics from Sea-borne Sources through Reduction, Recycle, Reuse
  • Biofouling, Invasive Species and the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project: Guidance, Standards and Regulators
  • Biofouling and Non-Shipping Sector Vectors: Addressing Fishing Boats, Recreation Craft, Marinas
  • Marine Sound: Advancing Science-Based Solutions to a Global, Multi-Industry Issue


  • Moving Commercial Fisheries to Sustainability: Innovation and Investment


  • Ship Strikes and Marine Mammals: Practical Solutions for Ocean Industries


  • Maritime Cluster for Sustainable Development: Prospects and Progress for Sustainable Development
  • Social License and the Blue Economy: What Ocean Industries Need to Know
  • Blue Economy Leadership Alliance for the Mediterranean
  • Africa and the Blue Economy: Regional Business Leadership Alliances for Ocean Sustainable Development
  • Ocean/Maritime Insurance: Risk, Sustainable Development and the Role of Insurance
  • The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in the Blue Economy and Advancing Ocean Sustainable Development

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