The TLB are charged with having oversight of the technical leadership activities of the Institute which are considered to be:
- Relevant and meaningful to the membership, industry and government and, most importantly, provide public good
- Driving the research agenda, industry direction and representing the needs of market.
- Clearly reflecting where, when and to what degree the IMarEST can have influence.
What does the TLB do?
- Identifies and establishes clear technical views on current and emerging marine engineering, science and technology matters;
- Works with the IMarEST Executive to bring these matters and views to the attention of members, relevant industry, national and international regulatory, educational and professional bodies and the general public, as appropriate;
- Facilitates identification of opportunities for the development of technical activities and services for the membership worldwide
- Plans and leads on the overall technical strategy of the IMarEST;
- Approves the establishment and monitors the work of Special Interest Groups and Working Groups on specific technical topics;
The TLB maintains a list of key themes and priorities for the Institute which can be seen below. These are used to inform the development of position statements and white papers, develop an events programme and provide Special Interest Groups with high level strategic directions:
People: At the heart of marine safety and environmental sustainability is the requirement for a competent and professional workforce
Environment: The marine environment is essential for goods and services that impact global health and wealth and is a driver of weather and climate
Ocean Governance: The use of marine space and ocean resources needs to be managed within a framework of appropriate, informed rules, regulations and legislation
Climate Change: The oceans both impact and are impacted by climate change - there are many concerns including sea level rise, ocean acidification, sea ice melt, coral bleaching to name just a few.
Safety & Security: There is a need to prevent harmful actions, whether intentional or unintentional, in order to protect life, health, property and the marine environment
Novel Technology: Enabling sustainable development and ensuring safety and security requires the use of novel technologies which incorporate new engineering ideas and practices
The IMarEST Technical Leadership Board is a committee of IMarEST Council and is composed of 12 senior IMarEST members that cover the diversity of the IMarEST membership. In addition ex-officio members include Special Interest Group chairs, Early Career Professionals and members who act as representatives at Intergovernmental Organizations.