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Free Marine and Maritime Launchpad briefing and networking event

Friday 3 November 2023 - Friday 3 November 2023

: Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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Plymouth Marine Laboratory has played a leading role in securing significant Government investment that will drive the South West’s future marine and maritime innovation. The Great South West, the pan-regional partnership working to build the region’s economy and prosperity, has been chosen as the country’s Marine and Maritime Launchpad, recognising its leadership in the sector. As part of the programme, the region is set to receive up to £7.5 million of investment to drive innovation and business growth, building on its strengths in marine and maritime.

In order to provide a briefing, Maritime UK SW have pulled together a free event, held at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, to enable businesses from across the South West to come together face to face and get involved.

To sign up to the Plymouth event on 3rd November please follow this link >> 

The event will cover three themes, Innovation, People & Decarbonisation:

– Access innovation funding and support specific to maritime businesses. 

Maritime UK SW have run a number of similar events over the last few years focussed around innovation and other sources of funding including the recent DFT Clean Maritime Demonstrator Competition. This event will provide a similar level of information, case studies and support to access innovation funding with case study examples from South West businesses and links to regional research partners and support.   

– Help shape and benefit from a Maritime UK SW led programme to drive take up of careers across our sector and help deliver much needed skills. 

Speaking to businesses across the region, access to the right skills would appear to be an huge issue which unites the sector, from deep sea shipping to ocean technology. Maritime UK SW have organised some careers and skills activity to date but mainly relying on national expertise from Maritime UK but with minimal resource here in the South West to enable regular or scaled delivery. Maritime UK SW now plan to significantly scale up support and seek support from the industry to help codesign a people programme fit for the sector in the SW. 

– Decarbonise our sector and make informed de-risked investment decisions. 

Maritime UK SW plan an evidence base and strategy to help de-risk and enable accelerated investment in marine and maritime decarbonisation. With numerous pioneering businesses and projects already underway in the SW this event will help communicate this workstream and explain how businesses can get involved and benefit. 

The event will run from 10.30-3.30 and will include a free networking lunch. Please see the draft agenda below.

Draft Agenda

10:30 Welcome from hosts, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Icarus Allen, Chief Executive

10:40 Maritime UK SW intro to the day Sheldon Ryan

10:50 IUK Launchpad Funding overview, Layla Burrows

11:10 Q&A

11:30 IUK Collaborative R&D case study – Improving Observation Capabilities of Biodiversity in UK Waters, Sebastian Mynott, General Manager, Applied Genomics

11:45 AI Case study – TBC

12:00 Innovation Support via Innovate UK Edge, Deborah Watson

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:30 National Careers Offer from Maritime UK

13:40 Employer’s perspective – Jake Cronk, MD, Twisted Marine and Salcombe Marine Services

13:55 MUK People Programme, SW best practice in careers and what could we do to drive more talent into our sector? Sheldon Ryan

14:10 Q&A

14:20 Refreshments

14:40 Maritime UK SW plans to deliver a Clean Maritime Evidence Base and Strategy, Prof Chris Smith

14:55 £5.4million project aims to develop world’s largest network of electric workboats on the South Coast of the UK, Sarah Fear, University of Plymouth

15:05 IUK Collaborative R&D case study – ‘Grants to growth: Our journey into maritime robotics, sustainability and AI‘ – HydroSurv, David Hull, Founder & CEO

15:15 Q&A

15:30 Closing comments

To sign up to the Plymouth event on 3rd November please follow this link >> 

There will be an online option for both events but attendance in person is strongly recommended. It is hard to enable collaborative R&D if we don’t meet face to face. The aim of Maritime UK SW is to build a leading cluster of marine technology businesses across the South West and this requires building relationships.