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SeaFest 2017 - Other Events


Digital Ocean Conference – Thursday 29th June

The Digital Ocean – Ireland’s Marine Engineering & Technology Conference will take place in Galway this year as part of SeaFest 2017, on Thursday 29th of June at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway. The event is being organised by IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Irish Maritime Development Office, Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

The event will comprise of a morning session focused on Ireland’s internationally recognised capability in ICT and engineering, and how these skills are being used by international companies in the development of digital marine technologies. The afternoon session will focus on Ireland’s indigenous industry, and how Irish based companies are making waves in the marine digital, technology, devices and engineering space.

Both sessions will feature expert speakers, panel discussions and provide attendees with networking opportunities throughout the day.

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Marine Trade Show - Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June

The Marine Trade Show will take place in a purpose-built marquee on the grounds of NUI Galway on Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June, to coincide with both the Digital Ocean Event and Our Ocean Wealth Summit.

The Marine 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 across two days at the Digital Ocean Event and Our Ocean Wealth Summit. If you are interested in exhibiting and for further information please contact 

Marine Industry Awards – Thursday 29th June

Now in its third year, the Marine Industry Awards is the premier event in Ireland to showcase on a national scale the excellence and innovation within Ireland's marine sector.

Taking place as a significant event during the SeaFest, the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 29th at the Radisson Blu Galway, offers a unique opportunity to celebrate industry excellence and network with its most distinguished figures and leading organisations.

There are a number of categories available for entry in areas from marine renewable energy, seafood, shipping, to marine technology, research, safety and more. The event promises to be an excellent networking opportunity with an expected attendance of over 400 at the black-tie gala dinner.

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'Winning in a Changing Environment"- BIM National Seafood Conference 2017

“Winning in a Changing Environment" is Bord Iascaigh Mhara's 2017 national seafood conference. This one-day seafood industry meeting takes place on Thursday 29 June in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. A must-attend event for Ireland's seafood professionals this conference will offer:

  • a speaker line-up of leading seafood industry experts and commentators;
  • a dynamic conference programme with a strong focus on sustainability;
  • the latest thinking and policies shaping Ireland's opportunity in the global seafood industry;
  • a range of practical workshops where knowledge will be converted into real action for industry.

Registration for this event is now open.

Our Ocean Wealth Summit - Friday, 30th June

The Our Ocean Wealth Summit will take place at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway on Friday, 30th June.

The Summit will feature international perspectives on how Ireland is transforming its marine sector through new thinking both as a means of achieving economic prosperity for the world and as an imperative to protect marine resources for future generations.

Internationally renowned speakers such as innovation expert, Tom Kelley, IDEO, will challenge delegates to look at new ways to realise the potential of the marine economy using creative strategies to encourage more innovative ways of thinking.

The Summit will also feature a progress update from Government representatives on Ireland’s national marine strategy – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

To register for the Summit please click here.

Maritime Festival – 30th June & 2nd July

SeaFest will conclude with a public festival for all ages in various locations around Galway Bay with a programme of events including a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun. There will be tours of ocean going vessels, leisure craft and boats, exhibits on marine life and lots more fun and educational activities.

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