The ocean is the lifeblood of our blue planet. Join the world’s leading experts to discover how to prevent untold catastrophe in the marine world.

For thousands of years the world’s oceans have served the human imagination as a source of profound mystery and wonder. Indeed, it is often said that we know more about the furthest reaches of space than we do about the depths of our own blue planet. From the Great Barrier Reef to blue whales – the largest animals that have ever existed – more than 96% of the biosphere is held within the oceans. They generate oxygen, absorb carbon, and regulate temperature. It is no exaggeration to say that the survival of the human species depends on their health.

Yet, from micro-plastics to over-fishing, acidification to the consequences of oil and gas exploration, the prognosis is already dire – and getting worse. How can we turn back the clock?

This evening mini-conference brings together leading marine biologists, climate researchers, and engineers with artists, sailors, deep-sea divers and filmmakers to explore what governments, businesses and individuals can do to help save the oceans.

 

Speakers

My Mission - Protecting the Blue Heart of the Planet

Sylvia Earle

My Mission - Protecting the Blue Heart of the Planet

Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine. She is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for several corporate and non-profit organizations.

Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine. She is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist, government official, and director for several corporate and non-profit organizations.

The Hidden Wonders of the Deep - and How to Save Them

Professor Alex Rogers

The Hidden Wonders of the Deep - and How to Save Them

One of the world’s leading marine biologists, Alex Rogers is Professor of Conservation Biology at Oxford University. He advises the UN, Greenpeace, WWF and the G8 countries on ocean ecology. His forthcoming book The Deep is set to become the definitive account of the deep oceans, and of the importance of conserving the habitat of the many weird and wonderful creatures of the deep.

One of the world’s leading marine biologists, Alex Rogers is Professor of Conservation Biology at Oxford University. He advises the UN, Greenpeace, WWF and the G8 countries on ocean ecology. His forthcoming book The Deep is set to become the definitive account of the deep oceans, and of the importance of conserving the habitat of the many weird and wonderful creatures of the deep.

Blue Planet II and Ocean Exploration

Orla Doherty

Blue Planet II and Ocean Exploration

A television producer in her twenties, Orla Doherty fell in love with the ocean on her 30th birthday when she put a scuba-tank on her back for the first time. She joined an expedition in the Pacific Ocean for a decade, leading a research programme to some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth. When she eventually returned to land, she joined the BBC Natural History Unit to develop Blue Planet II.

A television producer in her twenties, Orla Doherty fell in love with the ocean on her 30th birthday when she put a scuba-tank on her back for the first time. She joined an expedition in the Pacific Ocean for a decade, leading a research programme to some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth. When she eventually returned to land, she joined the BBC Natural History Unit to develop Blue Planet II.

No Longer in the Dark: Choosing the Future for the Deep Ocean

Dr Jon Copley

No Longer in the Dark: Choosing the Future for the Deep Ocean

Dr Jon Copley has more than twenty years of experience in exploring the deep ocean and was the scientific advisor for The BBC’s Blue Planet I and II. As well as lecturing in marine ecology at the University of Southampton, Jon frequently talks about exploring the deep ocean to public audiences ranging from local schools and community groups to major events and festivals.

Dr Jon Copley has more than twenty years of experience in exploring the deep ocean and was the scientific advisor for The BBC’s Blue Planet I and II. As well as lecturing in marine ecology at the University of Southampton, Jon frequently talks about exploring the deep ocean to public audiences ranging from local schools and community groups to major events and festivals.

Swimming the Oceans - Lessons from an Olympic Medallist

Keri-anne Payne

Swimming the Oceans - Lessons from an Olympic Medallist

Keri-anne Payne is a British Olympic swimmer. She is a two-time World Champion & Olympic silver medalist for the inaugural 10km Open Water marathon swim at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Since retiring from swimming in 2017, Keri-anne has founded two businesses: Triscape and Straight-Line Swimming, dedicated to international coaching and empowerment through swimming.

Keri-anne Payne is a British Olympic swimmer. She is a two-time World Champion & Olympic silver medalist for the inaugural 10km Open Water marathon swim at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Since retiring from swimming in 2017, Keri-anne has founded two businesses: Triscape and Straight-Line Swimming, dedicated to international coaching and empowerment through swimming.

How to Protect Marine Life

Professor Callum Roberts

How to Protect Marine Life

Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York and the author of the award-winning The Unnatural History of the Sea. He was chief scientific advisor for the BBC’s Blue Planet II. He works with the UN Ocean Sanctuary Alliance to encourage nations to meet their commitments to establish at least 10% of their seas as marine protected areas by 2020.

Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York and the author of the award-winning The Unnatural History of the Sea. He was chief scientific advisor for the BBC’s Blue Planet II. He works with the UN Ocean Sanctuary Alliance to encourage nations to meet their commitments to establish at least 10% of their seas as marine protected areas by 2020.

Rowing the Oceans – A View From the Blue

Roz Savage

Rowing the Oceans – A View From the Blue

An environmental epiphany led Roz Savage to a radical life change, leaving an 11-year career as a management consultant to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through her experiences she has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into courage, resilience and personal determination. She is now a powerful advocate for unlocking potential and living a purpose-driven life.

An environmental epiphany led Roz Savage to a radical life change, leaving an 11-year career as a management consultant to become the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Through her experiences she has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into courage, resilience and personal determination. She is now a powerful advocate for unlocking potential and living a purpose-driven life.

Cutting Edge Technology to Turn the Tide Against Plastic Pollution

Inty Grønneberg

Cutting Edge Technology to Turn the Tide Against Plastic Pollution

Inty Grønneberg is as a researcher at Imperial College, and co-founder of Ichthion, a start-up developing cutting-edge technologies to restore the ocean environment by removing plastics and synthetic waste before they travel through the entire marine ecosystem. He was named Latin American Innovator of the Year 2018 by the MIT review.

Inty Grønneberg is as a researcher at Imperial College, and co-founder of Ichthion, a start-up developing cutting-edge technologies to restore the ocean environment by removing plastics and synthetic waste before they travel through the entire marine ecosystem. He was named Latin American Innovator of the Year 2018 by the MIT review.

 Science, Beauty and Wonder in the Deep Sea

Dr Helen Scales

Science, Beauty and Wonder in the Deep Sea

Helen Scales is a marine biologist turned writer and documentary maker. Among her BBC radio documentaries she has explored the dream of living underwater and searched for the perfect wave. Her books include the bestseller Spirals in Time which was picked as book of the year by The Economist, Nature, The Times and The Guardian and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Helen Scales is a marine biologist turned writer and documentary maker. Among her BBC radio documentaries she has explored the dream of living underwater and searched for the perfect wave. Her books include the bestseller Spirals in Time which was picked as book of the year by The Economist, Nature, The Times and The Guardian and was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week.

 How the UK Government Can Help Save the Oceans

Thérèse Coffey MP

How the UK Government Can Help Save the Oceans

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 17 July 2016. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

Thérèse Coffey was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 17 July 2016. She was elected the Conservative MP for Suffolk Coastal in May 2010.

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Royal Geographical Society

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Tube: South Kensington
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