OOW Summit

Investing in Marine Ireland
Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June 2018
Galway Docks


Now in its fifth year, the Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. Investing in Marine Ireland will highlight the immense opportunities that our marine sector has to offer companies and organisations.

The diverse programme planned for this year’s Summit reflects strong collaboration between Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) and the Marine Institute with individual sessions addressing environmental, economic and societal opportunities and challenges to creating a sustainable ocean economy for Ireland. A programme for the event is available here.

In asscoiation with:


  • Orla Doherty
    Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II
  • Mary Robinson
    7th President of Ireland
  • Kathryn Sullivan
    Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

This year’s key note speaker is Mary Robinson, the 7th President of Ireland and the first female to hold this office. In 2010 she established The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for people vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Other key speakers will include Kathryn Sullivan, former NASA astronaut, who was appointed by US President Barack Obama as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Administrator (NOAA). She has a long career as a distinguished scientist, astronaut and oceanographer.

Producer of BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series Orla Doherty is also one of the highlights of the Summit programme. With family roots on the Donegal coast, Orla has had a strong connection to the sea. She is an expert in underwater filming and has filmed scientists at the frontline of ocean discoveries from Indonesia to the Arctic Circle.


Trade Show

A major part of the two day programme is a Trade Show for marine companies and organisations. We are delighted to invite you to apply for a stand at this Trade Show to maximise your presence at the event.

The Marine Ireland Trade Show will take place in a purpose-built marquee at Galway Docks on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June, to coincide Our Ocean Wealth Summit. The Marine Ireland Trade Show will provide a unique opportunity for companies from across the marine economy to showcase their products and services to an audience of 600+  attendees.

The Trade Show will open on Thursday 28th June from 8.00am – 5.30pm and Friday 29th June from 8.30am –12.30.