Schedule of Events

OCEANS 2022 Hampton Roads, October 17-20

Virginia Beach Convention Center

Monday, October 17

8:30am – 10:30am Student Poster Competition Orientation
10:30am – 12:00pm EMERGE Orientation
12:00pm – 6:00pm Registration Hours
4:00pm – 5:30pm Student Mixer

Please join us for the Student Mixer! Meet your fellow students and student poster competitors in a casual setting for networking, food and drinks. Young Professionals and leaders from Oceanic Engineering Society and Marine Technology Society will be there to orient you to the OCEANS conference and guide you on how to get the most out of your week.

6:00pm – 8:00pm Ice Breaker Reception at Virginia Beach Aquarium

  • The movie SONIC SEA will be shown at the Aquarium. Don’t miss the special screening of this Emmy Award winning film!
    • Following the screening we’ll be joined by co-producer Joel Reynolds, Senior Attorney with Natural Resources Defense Council

The ice breaker is the informal start to OCEANS 2022. It provides an opportunity for registrants to meet and greet others before the formal start on Tuesday morning. The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center provides the perfect setting with all of its exhibits and marine life.

Join us for a very special MARACOOS Founder’s Day, honoring our founders Carolyn Thoroughgood, Scott Glenn, Ed Kelly, Bill Boicourt, Wendell Brown, and our beloved local colleague, the late Larry Atkinson. The event will begin with MTS President, Zdenka Willis, the original Director of US IOOS, and Carl Gouldman, the current Director of US IOOS.

Tuesday, October 18

Theme: Action through Innovation

7:30am-7:00pm Registration Hours
8:00am-9:55am Welcome & Plenary I

Society Presidents Zdenka Willis and Christopher Whitt

10:00am-11:10am Plenary II

Oceans Technologies: Breakthroughs, Challenges, and Opportunities for Security and Stewardship.

11:10am-11:30pm Future OCEANS Conferences

  • OCEANS 2023 Limerick
  • OCEANS 2023 Gulf Coast
11:30am-12:00pm IEEE OES Annual Meeting & Awards
12:00pm-12:05pm Exhibit Hall Ribbon Cutting
12:00am-1:30pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:00pm-7:00pm Exhibit Hall Hours
1:30pm-2:50pm Town Hall: The Next Generation of Big Data Management and Digitalization to Support a Sustainable Blue Economy
1:30pm-2:50pm Town Hall: Offshore Wind Town Hall: Discussing Opportunities for Innovation with Industry
1:30pm-2:55pm Technical Sessions
2:55pm-3:30pm Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

Stop by RBR Booth #604 for a Beer Break!

3:00pm-3:30pm Good things come in small packages – Habitat mapping with a small AUV

Location: Sonardyne Theater

Speaker: Geraint West

3:30pm-4:50pm Special Panel: Ocean Visions – Engineering and Scientific Challenges of Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal
3:30pm-4:50pm Workshop: How to set up, deploy, and review data from your Signature ADCP
4:00pm-5:00pm Larry Atkinson Tribute
5:00pm-7:00pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall
7:00pm-8:00pm OES Members Only Reception

Wednesday, October 19

Theme: HEALTHIER Together – a whole of government, whole of community imperative

7:00am-7:50am Gaining an Edge in the New Blue Economy: MTS Early Career Ocean Professionals and IEEE OES Young Professionals Networking Breakfast
7:30am-5:00pm Registration Hours
8:00am-9:35am Plenary III

Dr. Martin Irvine, Director, Submarine Forces

  • Submarine Force Partnership for Arctic Superiority

Dr. Peter Adair, Director, Naval Surface Warfare Center

  • Pioneering OceanTech: NSWC Panama City and the Naval R&D Establishment

VADM(R) Lee Gunn, American Security Project Board of Directors

9:30am-11:00am Special Panel: Bridging the UN Decade’s First Two Years (Whole of Government/Whole of Community)

Location: Ballroom One



10:00am-5:00pm Exhibit Hall Hours
10:40am-12:00pm Technical Sessions
11:00am-12:00pm MTS Annual Meeting & Awards
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
1:30pm-2:50pm Special Panel: Planning for Coastal Resilience
1:30pm-2:50pm Technical Sessions
2:50pm-3:30pm Networking Break in the Exhibit Hall

Stop by Arctic Rays Booth #400 for a Beer Break

3:30pm-4:30pm Town Hall: Dynamic Surface and Subsurface Obstacle Avoidance Workshop: Transforming Autonomous Applications across the Maritime Value-Chain

Location: Level 2, Suite 1

3:30pm-4:50pm Special Panel: From Innovation to Collaboration: Propelling Ocean Exploration Forward to Meet the Needs of the Future 

Location: Ballroom One

3:30pm-4:50pm Technical Sessions
6:30pm-9:30pm OCEANS Gala at Nauticus Sponsored by VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science)

Thursday, October 20

Theme: Securing Tomorrow Together (Partnering)

7:00am – 8:00am Women in Engineering Breakfast Panel
8:00am – 1:00pm Registration Hours
8:00am – 9:20am Technical Sessions
9:30am – 10:35am Distinguished Speakers

Dual Perspectives on the Future of Ocean Observing

10:35am – 12:30pm Distinguished Panel: Public/Private/International Partnerships
10:45am – 12:00pm Technical Sessions
10:00am – 1:30pm Exhibit Hall Hours
10:00am – 3:00pm NOAA CoastWatch Tutorial On Ocean Satellite Data Products And Using ERDDAP and R or ArcGIS To Access And Work With Satellite Data
11:30am – 12:00pm OCEANS22 Student Poster Competition Award Ceremony

Location: Exhibit Hall

Student Poster Competition 

12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
12:00pm – 2:20pm Women’s Leadership Luncheon and Town Hall: “Find Your Inner Entrepreneur”
1:30pm – 2:50pm IOOS Town Hall: The New Blue Economy: Application of Ocean and Coastal Data Across Sectors
1:30pm – 2:50pm Technical Sessions
2:30pm – 3:30pm MTS/OES Special Session Reception
3:00pm – 4:20pm Technical Sessions