OOW Summit

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


The Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. Investing in Marine Ireland highlighted the immense opportunities that our marine sector offers companies and organisations.

This year's diverse programme reflected a 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.

This event was held 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.

 A full list of speakers and a number of presentations from the 2018 Our Ocean Wealth Summit is available here.


Trade Show

A major part of the two day programme was a Trade Show for marine companies and organisations.

The Marine Ireland Trade Show took 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 provided a unique opportunity for companies from across the marine economy to showcase their products.

An Exhibition Prospectus with information on all companies that took part in the Trade Show can be downloaded here.