Letters from the General Chairs

Due to the pandemic, the OCEANS 2021 San Diego and OCEANS 2021 Porto conferences have combined into the hybrid OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto. Below are the letters from the general chairs of the two combined events.

San Diego Chairs

The OCEANS 2021 San Diego committee invites you to beautiful San Diego to participate in the world’s most prestigious, comprehensive, and diverse conference and exposition regarding our most critical resource—the oceans.  Coordinated with the kickoff of the United Nations “Decade of Ocean Science (2021-2030), this will be the 8th time the OCEANS conference has come to San Diego, a venue that has consistently provided the largest and most successful OCEANS conferences ever.

OCEANS 2021 San Diego will expand significantly in scope, bringing together key international industry and government stakeholders, focusing on investment plans/strategies during the upcoming five years as well as emerging technologies, new science and research initiatives, and the latest in commercial products.

In addition to the excellent technical program for which OCEANS is well known, OCEANS 2021 San Diego will be structured with three key underlying categories of interest to all attendees:

  • “InFocus” – on the latest in new and emerging technologies
  • “InQuire” – on innovative research and science
  • “InVest” – investment strategies and spending priorities from high-level stakeholders and officials from the U.S. and international governments, the oil and gas industry, Departments of Defense and Energy, local and federal regulatory agencies and a wide range of ocean industries.

The theme for OCEANS 2021 San Diego is “Sustaining our Oceans . . . Sustaining our Future,” reflecting on the critical nature and importance of our industry and its sustaining technologies.  New Technical tracks will include Artificial Intelligence (AI), the great challenge of Data Management, Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and will present emerging technologies for ocean stewardship, food supply production and management, national defense, energy production, and overall management of the oceans and waterways.  Assuring a successful conference will be committee members from the highly successful 2013 and 2003 San Diego OCEANS conferences along with new, influential and highly capable technical, academic and business leaders.  Your OCEANS committee is working diligently to bring together influential buyers, investors, stakeholders, industry experts, and innovators from government agencies, industry, and academia.

The OCEANS conferences, jointly sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), attract thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors every year.  These international conferences are a major forum for scientists, engineers and those with an interest in the oceans to gather and exchange their knowledge and ideas regarding the future of the world’s oceans. In addition, OCEANS 2021 San Diego will include a two-night film festival and weekend golf tourney to kick-off the week’s activities that will also include a day of tutorials and a gala banquet.

We look forward to welcoming you to San Diego.


Alan Kenny                                                                                         Robert Wernli
Conference Chair                                                                             Conference Co-Chair

Porto Chairs

Opening the Ocean Frontier:  A New Age of Discoveries

Ocean science and technology for the benefit of humankind.

You are cordially invited to participate in the OCEANS 2021 San Diego – Porto virtual conference for lively presentations and discussions on oceans-related issues and to experience the magic of the oceans spanning centuries of maritime history. The Porto virtual conference will complement the in-person San Diego portion of this hybrid event, providing a method for everyone to participate regardless of any travel issues.

The innovative OCEANS 2021 Porto program will include technical sessions, invited sessions on specialized topics, plenary sessions, a student poster competition, outreach and media sessions, discussion panels, live feeds, and virtual exhibits. OCEANS 2021 Porto is all about connecting the world-wide community with the goals of opening the ocean frontier at the dawn of a new age of discoveries for the benefit of mankind. There will be new forms of participation, namely of young students and researchers from distant communities bordering the world’s oceans, thus reinforcing the global dimension of the event.


António Pascoal          Eduardo Silva             João Borges de Sousa


Original Porto 2021 Poster