SeaFest Industry and Research Events

SeaFest includes a range of industry events which focus on research, the marine industry and marine technology.

BIM National Seafood Conference – Winning in a Changing Environment

 Date: Thursday 29th June
Location: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

“Winning in a Changing Environment” is Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s 2017 national seafood conference. This one-day seafood industry meeting takes place on Thursday 29th of 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.

Digital Ocean: Ireland’s Marine Engineering and Technology Conference

Date: Thursday 29th June
Location: NUI Galway

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. A provisional programme is available here.

To register please click here.

Marine Industry Awards

Date: Thursday 29th June
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway

Now in its third year, the Marine Industry Awards are 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 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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Marine Trade Show

Date: Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June
Location: NUI Galway

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