Join MTS’ 2020 Virtual Symposia

With the cancellation/postponement of a number of events in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and many working from home or remotely, MTS is bringing together a number of virtual seminars of interest to the marine technology community. You are invited to attend these free, interactive symposia where you can learn about cutting-edge topics from of the best and brightest minds working in the field.

2 Connectors7Underwater Mateable Connector History: The Agony and Euphoria of Their Development

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Time: 12noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

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Andrew (Andy) Clark, Vice President of Research, Industry & Technology, Past President (1998) MTS and Explorers Club Fellow


James L. Cairns, Ph.D., Owner, Abyssal Systems; Executive Director, Cairns Foundation, Inc.; Founder, inventor, Ocean Design, Inc.

3 GEBCO Seabed 2030Virtual Conference: Industry Role in Seabed 2030

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tentative Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST)

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  • CAPT Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) Office and Acting NOAA Chief Scientist 


  • Matthias Jonas, Secretary General, International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
  • Jake Sobin, Manager Sciences/Americas, Kongsberg Maritime
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
  • Jamie McMichael-Philips, Director, SeaBed 2030
  • RDML Shepard Smith, Director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. national representative to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)
  • Jyotika Virmani, Executive Director, Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI)
  • Rick Spinrad, President, Marine Technology
  • David Millar, Government Accounts Director, Americas, Fugro
  • Bjørn Jalving, Senior Vice President Technology, Sensors & Robotics, Kongsberg Maritime
  • Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine Corporation

(Speakers subject to change)

Other Upcoming Events

Stay Connected: Marine Technology Summer Series – Stockton Seminar Series

Proposed Date: Beginning Wednesday, June 16, 2020

Time: 12noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Lakebed 2030 Webinar

Proposed Date: Thursday, June 24, 2020

Time: 12noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Marine Materials with Dr. R. Venkatesan

Proposed Date: Thursday, July 8, 2020

Time: 12noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

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