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Ocean technology in New England and Atlantic Canada the focus of UMaine conference

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ORONO Ocean technology in New England and Atlantic Canada will be the focus of a conference at the University of MaineApril 27-28, organized by UMaine's Canadian-American Center and the Maine International Trade Center.

The conference will bring together researchers, business leaders and policymakers in ocean technology and strategy to promote a network of collaboration. The goal is to facilitate the integration of research, product development and technology transfer opportunities in the growing ocean technology sectors in New England and Atlantic Canada.

Ocean technology sectors include companies, institutions, and organizations dedicated to ocean and marine technology, education, training, research, promotion, delivery and application.

The two-day conference begins with a reception and dinnerApril 27, followed the next day with four sessions on marine food and aquaculture; offshore energy and marine infrastructure; ocean observation and science; and marine transportation and collaboration to build the green ship of the future.

Speakers are expected to include Barry Costa-Pierce, University of New England Marine Science Center; Paul Anderson, Maine Sea Grant; Michael Szemerda, Cooke Aquaculture; Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association; Nate Johnson, Ocean Renewable Power Company; Habib Dagher and Krish Thiagarajan, UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center; Bruce Colbourne, Department of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, Memorial University; Erin Donahue, Consulate General of Canada; John Henshaw, Maine Port Authority; and Dana Eidsness, Maine North Atlantic Development Office.

A tour of UMaine's Harold Alfond W2Ocean Engineering Laboratory at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center concludes the conference.

'Ocean Technology in New England and Atlantic Canada: Promoting a Network of Collaboration' is open to the public. The cost is $50 per person and registration is available online at umaine.edu/canam/2016-ocean-technology-conference.

Event sponsors include TD Bank, the Canadian Consulate in Boston and Maine Sea Grant.

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