02 Apr 2024

IMarEST 2024 conference will spotlight the future of ships, shipping and environmental sustainability 

Set against the race to create a sustainable maritime sector, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology’s (IMarEST) Annual Conference will focus on the future of ships, shipping and environmental sustainability. The conference will take place at Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour, Tuesday 9th July 2024. 

The one-day conference will feature plenary keynotes, panels and interactive roundtables, organised into three streams covering Technology, Human Contribution and Environment.  

Jo Lewis, Head of IMarEST Events, explains: “We are now in a race against time to ensure that the future of the sector is sustainable. Our conference is an excellent opportunity to bring together the science, engineering and technology communities who are at the centre of finding the innovative solutions we need.”  

The opening plenary will feature three high level presentations on the theme of: Navigating the Uncharted Waters: Unveiling the Future Fuels of Ships & Shipping. Experts will look at the future fuels of ships and shipping and will consider technological choices, policy and regulation, and the subsequent impact on environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation.  

Following the presentations, delegates will be invited to join a panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Ralph Rayner, Professorial Research Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment, London School of Economics and co-chair IMarEST Operational Oceanography SIG. 

Delegates will also have a choice of over 20 break-out discussions and 9 roundtable sessions to join.  

Jo concludes: “The conference is a great opportunity not only to hear from the many notable expert speakers we have lined up, but also to network with colleagues. We’ve also designed the conference so that delegates can tailor it to meet their personal and professional goals.” 

Companies confirmed as speakers so far include London School of Economics, Engineering Council, BIMCO, Lloyd's Register, Delft University of Technology, Core Power, University of Exeter, World Maritime University, Columbia Ship Management, IMarEST, BMT, GMS, Edgewise Environmental, Maritime Research and Innovation UK, DNV, The Nippon Foundation & GEBCO Seabed 2030. 

Further information on sponsorship opportunities is available from the IMarEST Events Team: [email protected], while conference tickets can be purchased on the website: