Philippe Courmontagne Chairman Oceans 2019

Dear Conference Attendees, Exhibitors, Presenters and Guests,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, it is our pleasure to warmly welcome you to the MTS/IEEE OCEANS ’19 Marseille Conference and Exhibit.

OCEANS conference is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and is one of the most influential international conference in this field, where you can discover all the new technologies and dedicated research linked to the comprehension of oceans. OCEANS 2019 Marseille will be a fantastic place for information sharing and networking, with an Exhibition, several tutorials on special interest topics, hundreds of technical presentations and a student poster program. Moreover, for the first time in the OCEANS series, a day will be fully dedicated to the Exhibition, with on-site demonstrations, round tables, symposiums, ministerial delegations … more than a simple exhibition, OCEANS 2019 Marseille will offer a world leading forum, where industry, academia and government organizations will share knowledge and connect with marine science and ocean technology communities. Do not miss this opportunity to showcase your products to the world! Furthermore, the theme of the conference “Let’s sea our future together” reflects our concern to understand the future of our oceans in terms of the preservation of marine, animal or plant life, as well as the exploitation of new energies.

Who could have imagined such a nice city, such a sunny and warm spot, such a place full of history, to host this prestigious event in France? At the gates of Provence and the French Riviera, founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, Marseille is the oldest city in France and the second largest in France after Paris, largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and largest commercial port. Marseille has much to offer its locals and tourists: an incredible coastline and 300 days of sunshine every year! Marseille has an impressive natural heritage with numerous lush parks in the heart of the city, offering refreshing havens when the sun is beating down. Just a few kilometers from the Vieux-Port lies the Calanques National Park, which is the perfect spot for year-round outdoor activities. The famous Calanques cover 20 kilometers with untamed creeks to explore and clear blue water to enjoy. As you stroll around this Mediterranean city you will see its impressive heritage for yourself. Marseille is brimming with hidden gems from the old town of Panier to the Second Empire buildings and the Roman churches. Nearby, the city of Toulon, the fourth-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast, is the first French military port, home of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle and its battle group. The presence of these two major ports, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, has generated the development of a large number of institutions (industries, companies and laboratories) dedicated to the sea exploitation and exploration.

Please take advantage of all the opportunities this prestigious event offers. The beautiful city of Marseille is waiting for you!

Sincerely yours,

Philippe Courmontagne
Naval Group Research
Conference Chair