Ocean Talks 2019 Programme


Wednesday 12 June, 2019, Royal Geographical Society

12:00 - Arrivals and registration

13:15 - Welcome

Introduction from Sacha Bonsor, Editorial Director, BOAT International

State of the Oceans with Q&A

Address by Dr Mark Spalding, Senior Marine Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and Honorary Research Fellow for the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Keynote: From Superyacht to Science Vessel: How Boats can save our sea

On the fringes of the yacht industry, a handful of billionaires are pushing the boundaries of design to create vessels that can truly further science and oceanography. The ultimate goal: to make a difference. Alexander Flemming, from the Aluica2 Project, and Steve Gresham, Yacht Designer, take a look at the most exciting yachts breaking barriers today, and explain how yachts of all shapes sizes can play an important part ocean protection

The Plight of Kiribati

Presentation by Mattieu Rytz, Visual Storyteller and producer for ARKAR and Producer of award-winning documentary Anote’s ARK

Yachts for Science

Opening and closing statements from Oliver Steeds, Founder, Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute

Journalist Richard Madden interviews scientists needing access to the ocean for help

– Dr Dominic Andradi-Brown, Marine Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

– Bec Atkins, Director of Operations, Manta Trust

– Professor Andrew Brierley, Professor of Marine Biology, University of St Andrews

Erika Gress, Marine Ecologist

Dr Rob Hall, Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography, University of East Anglia

Afternoon coffee break

Book signing of The Deep, with writer Alex Rogers

Citizen Science: What you can do today?

Brandon Harvey, Board of Trustees Member, Polar Citizen Science Collective and Director of Expedition Operations & Programme Development, EYOS Expeditions, on successes of education programmes and travel experiences to create ambassadors

Do we have time to save our Coral Reefs?

Hosted by Dr Mark Spalding

– Dr Madhalvi Colton, Program Director, Coral Reef Alliance

– Dr Tessa Hempson, Senior Marine Scientist and Operations Manager, Oceans Without Borders

– Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO, The Ocean Agency and star of Chasing Coral

When Yacht-Lovers become Explorers

(Part One)

Opening with Tom Hutton, Director of Operations, Cookson Adventures in conversation with Stewart Campbell, Editor, BOAT International

(Part Two)

Followed by an inspiring and insightful talk by Five Deeps expedition leader Rob McCallum and scientist Dr Alan Jamieson, fresh off the plane from Tonga following the fourth expedition

What next for the war on plastic?

Frederikke Magnussen, Co-founder of A Plastic Planet is joined by world famous sailor and plastic campaigner Dee Caffari MBE, Simon Evans, Sustainability Director from Ecobooth, Amanda Keetley, Founder of Less Plastic and Dr Jessica Wade, Research Associate, Department of Physics at Imperial College London, to discuss what’s next in the battle against plastics.

18:10 - Cocktail Reception


The following exhibitors will be present at Ocean Talks:

A Plastic Planet



Cookson Adventures

Crew à la Mode



North Sails

Ocean Awards

The Deep Book

The Happy Ocean Company

Yachts for Science