OCEANS 2018 Charleston | October 22-25, 2018

Charleston Area Convention Center

Healthy Oceans, Resilient Coasts, Robust Commerce… Strong Nations

Thank you for making OCEANS 2018 Charleston a huge success!
We look forward to seeing you in 2019 in Marseille and Seattle.

The event for global maritime professionals to learn, innovate, and lead in the
protection and utilization of the world’s largest natural resource – our Oceans.

2,000 Attendees • 500 Technical Papers • 100+ Exhibitors • Unlimited Opportunities


This week’s OCEANS 2018 Charleston conference is bringing together 1,500 of the world’s leading marine professionals in an intimate and active coastal setting to network, collaborate, and learn about cutting-edge research, innovations, technologies, and applications in the marine technology and engineering fields. Attendees are enjoying:

  • Over 500 technical presentations covering globally trending and ground-breaking technology & research topics.
  • Plenary sessions featuring prominent Government and industry leaders on issues impacting the management of the health of our oceans, the resilience of our coasts, and tying together the vast concept of connections among space, atmospheric, oceanic and coastal research and observations.
  • Networking & collaboration with influencers and decision makers who drive the industry from government, military, supplier, and academic research and application. Charleston is home to multiple ocean and coastal research and management capabilities including the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System, and opportunities will exist to meet and expand relationships with NOAA, ONR the US Navy, and NASA. All will be represented in force.
  • The most innovative and economic vendors and suppliers will be exhibiting and demonstrating existing and brand-new technology solutions for application challenges in marine vehicles, instrumentation and sensors, software and systems. All breaks and lunches will be held on the exhibit floor to further enhance the attendee/exhibitor interaction time and focus on technology solutions, and the “exhibitor theater” on the show floor supports industry and business presentations.
  • Activities and events highlighting local historic sites, coastal destinations, and the best of local cuisine will create opportunities to spend more time with colleagues and partners to grow relationships in a world-class setting known for hospitality.
  • A robust Student Poster Competition and additional non-competitive student poster sessions, providing opportunities for exposure to the next generation of marine professionals serving businesses, academia, and government and other sectors.

Our attendees are propelling their careers forward. Watch our social media sites and your inbox for exciting news about this week’s goings-on!

A region steeped in history, yet surprisingly cutting edge

Charleston, South Carolina checks all the boxes for hosting an extraordinary OCEANS Conference. The port city houses the headquarters of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, the federal agency tasked with the implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act – keeping the natural environment, built environment, quality of life, and economic prosperity of our coastal areas in balance. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management also manages the Digital Coast – the industry’s go-to source for data, tools, partnerships, and training most needed by communities and industry in regards to coastal management. The area boasts active governmental, military, and academic research facilities and initiatives, providing new perspectives and practices for the industry, as well as untapped audiences for exhibitors. In addition to its industry pull, Charleston is a tourist’s dream. The city was voted the #1 US destination by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011) and Travel + Leisure (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013) magazines. You can’t go wrong by staying an extra day – with both your boss’s and your partner’s approvals.

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