This year’s key note speaker is Mary Robinson, the 7th President of Ireland and the first female to hold this office. In 2010 she established The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Other key speakers will include Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut, who was appointed by US President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Administrator (NOAA). She has a long career as a distinguished scientist, astronaut and oceanographer.
Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series Orla Doherty is also one of the highlights of the summit programme. With family roots on the Donegal coast, Orla has had a strong connection to the sea. She is an expert in underwater filming and has filmed scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia to the Arctic Circle.
This year’s theme is ‘Investing in marine Ireland’ and the Summit will focus on progress towards the Government’s ambitious targets to double the value of the blue economy by 2030.
The diverse programme planned for this year’s Summit reflects strong collaboration between Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute with individual sessions addressing environmental, economic and societal opportunities and challenges to creating a sustainable ocean economy for Ireland.
Our Ocean Wealth Summit is held as part of SeaFest 2018, Ireland’s national maritime festival, from 29th June to 1st July 2018 in Galway. The festival will offer a weekend of fun, free events for those of all ages which celebrates Ireland’s proud maritime heritage, and the amazing ways that our seas and oceans enrich our lives.
More information on Our Ocean Wealth Summit is available at www.ouroceanwealth.ie