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Seafest/Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth Events

Legend Cultural/ Entertainment Business Focus Research Focus Policy Focus Public
Date Morning Afternoon Evening
29th June
    Longest River (Science/Art Fusion)
30th of June
Plug and Play Events
BIM National Seafood Conference – Global Insights – Irish Opportunity Marine Industry Awards
Sea Change Researcher Workshop  
  Marine Biodiscovery: Deep Waters – Exciting Prospects  
The Digital Ocean  
1st of July
Our Ocean Wealth Annual Conference  
2nd July

SEAFEST - National Maritime Festival

  • Beneath Our Wild Atlantic - Galway Pier
  • SeaFest Food Experience
  • On the Water
  • The Festival Village
  • Safety at Sea Through War and Upheaval: Exhibition
  • On a Voyage: Origami Paper Boat
  • Other Events
3rd July


The Longest River

Date: Wednesday 29th June 2016
Location: The Augustinian Church

The Longest River - performance provides an opportunity to reflect on our maritime history and the opportunities ahead for mankind and our relationships with the Earth, Ocean and Seas. The performance represents a trans-Atlantic collaborative contribution from scientists and artists to create a new and innovative means of ocean science literacy and communication. The search for a spark of inspiration and imagination is a shared pursuit of scientists and artists alike.

The unique event involved the well-known Galway choir, Cois Cladaigh; Deirbhile Ní Bhrolcháin (Soloist); Eugene Lambe (Uilleann Piper) and Kathleen Loughnane (Harpist).  Poetry by T. S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Robert Frost and Seamus Heaney will be recited by representatives from Ireland, Europe, Canada and the USA.

This event was supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin and their Creative Minds Programme.

The Longest River Brussels from Marine Institute on Vimeo.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara National Seafood Conference – Global Insights, Irish Opportunity

Date: Thursday 30th June 2016
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

This full day conference and networking event launched the annual Ocean Wealth and SeaFest events and brought together leading experts and global representatives from the national and international seafood and agri-business circuit, government and academia. It offered delegates the opportunity to hear first-hand expert analysis, on the thinking and the policies currently at the forefront of seafood development worldwide.

Speakers included Mary Shelman, former Director of the Agribusiness Programme in Harvard Business School, Malcolm Beveridge, Head of Aquaculture, FAO Rome, Jean Jacques VandeHeede, AC Nielsen Europe and Aidan O’Driscoll, Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The Marine Industry Awards 2016

Date: Thursday 30th June 2016
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

Formerly known as the Maritime Industry Awards, the awards ceremony has been revamped to greater encompass all aspects of the maritime and marine sectors, and celebrate their contribution to the Irish economy. The Marine Industry Awards provide a voice for the individuals and companies that play a significant role in the growth and development of the industry in Ireland while recognising the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.

To see the winners click here.

Marine Biodiscovery: Deep Waters – Exciting Prospects

Date: Thursday 30th June 2016

The annual Marine Biodiscovery Meeting organised and attended by consortium partners. This event highlighted the key findings and achievements from the Marine Biodiscovery Project, from across the consortium. The Beaufort Marine Biodiscovery Research Project was designed to explore the extraordinary biodiversity of our marine life, especially from a functional point of view and through genetic and biochemical techniques, and utilize this information for the production of services and goods.This seven-year programme was funded with the aim of developing new drugs and advanced biomaterials from marine animals, plants and micro-organisms, thereby contributing to the objectives envisioned under Sea Change - A Marine Knowledge, Research & Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013, led by the Irish Marine Institute.

Sea Change Researchers Workshop 2016

Date: Thursday, 30 June 2016 from 09:00 to 17:30
Location: Marine Institute - Rinville, Oranmore

In association with SeaFest, the Marine Institute hosted a Sea Change Researchers Workshop providing an overview of marine research projects awarded by the Marine Institute to meet the objectives of the Sea Change Strategy covering the period 2007-2013. The talks included an overview of research carried out under the Marine Beaufort Research Awards; Marine Functional Foods Research Initiative; Project-Based Research Awards and Post Doctoral Fellowships.

The Digital Ocean

Date: Thursday 30th June 2016

Ireland is developing the infrastructure and capabilities to enable the realisation of its unique Digital Ocean opportunity and is positioning itself as an international centre of excellence that will attract interest from global marine markets as demonstrated by the case studies presented.  This event promoted Ireland's digital ocean opportunity and the national test and demonstration infrastructure, indigenous supply chain expertise and international industry interest.



Our Ocean Wealth Conference

Date: Friday 1st of July 2016
Location:  The National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.

The third annual Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth conference took place on Friday 1st July as part of SeaFest 2016. Building on the very successful 2015 Conference, the 2016 conference titled Into the Blue – Innovating for our marine future, was an initiative of the inter-departmental Marine Coordination Group. The conference will focused on progress on the implementation of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth – Ireland’s integrated marine plan and will examined the following areas:

  • Into the Blue – Economy and Growth
  • Into the Blue – Map, Observe, Predict – Innovating across the Atlantic
  • Into the Blue – Our New relationship with the sea

Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance Meetings

More information about these meetings will be available on the AORA website.

SeaFest2016 events

Date: Saturday 2nd of July 2016

SeaFest, Ireland’s national maritime festival, took place in Galway Harbour on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016.

SeaFest is a key part of Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea.