BOAT International is proud to announce the following three-day programme for this year's Ocean Talks event, sponsored and supported by Ocean Family Foundation (OFF). This year, we will hear from the real trailblazers of the industry through a series of ocean-saving stories, including podcasts, videos, and an exclusive live auction.
WEDNESDAY 8 JUNE
11am - The big interview with Sylvia Earle National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998, Sylvia Earle has earned herself the moniker "Her Deepness". In an exclusive interview the legendary American marine biologist talks to BOAT International about why we must act to save the oceans now and her vision for how the yachting community can be involved.
1pm - Meet six scientists searching for superyachts
From discussing the day's dives around the dinner table to training your crew to collect data, there are numerous ways that scientists can help you enhance the use of your yacht. In this exclusive video series, leading scientists reveal crucial research projects that urgently need access to the sea. Find out what they need and where they're hoping to go, as well as what their work focuses on and why it really matters. Could this be the start of your next big adventure?
Meet the scientists on Instagram and read more about their stories here.
THURSDAY 9 JUNE
11am - Breaking barriers between race and science
When four young women of colour who worked in shark science met online in the midst of the pandemic, they had no idea where their casual conversation and companionship would lead. Two years later and their charity, Minorities in Shark Science (MISS), has gathered over 400 members worldwide, as well as a 2022 Ocean Award, and encouraged hundreds of school children that science is not just for middle-aged white men. Carlee Jackson, MISS’s Director of Communications, talks to BOAT International, about their journey so far, and why she hopes that MISS will ensure that young women of colour who are interested in science will never feel as isolated as she once did.
1pm - Our plastic planet
The global pandemic has accelerated ocean pollution, with masks, gel dispensers and PPE adding to the already overbearing amount of plastic debris. Frederikke Magnussen, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet, and Ambassador Peter Thompson, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, answer all your plastic queries, talk about the latest plastic solutions and look ahead to the UN Global Treaty on Plastic.
The full article will be available on the BOAT International website, plus keep an eye on our social media to see your plastic questions answered.
FRIDAY 10 JUNE
11am - The 10 Commandments of eco-design
The Water Revolution Foundation (WRF) is on a mission to make sure the design and construction of superyachts are as ocean-friendly as possible. The organisation’s executive chairman, Robert Van Tol, shares his insights on how that can be achieved, from using recycled materials to demanding more sustainable solutions from suppliers. Don’t miss his 10 commandments of eco-design and construction, which everyone in the superyacht supply chain should heed.
The full article will be available on the BOAT International website.
1pm - NFT auction
World-leading studio Winch Design has designed a limited run of NFTs, which will be auctioned by BOAT International to aid an ocean conservation initiative. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a truly altruistic NFT that is the first of its kind from the only NFT series released by the famous studio to date. The proceeds from the sale of the NFTs will be split equally between Oceans Without Borders and Yachts for Science.
Oceans Without Borders is a unique collaboration between &BEYOND and Africa Foundation which is dedicated to marine conservation and community development in Africa, South Asia and South America.
Nekton was founded by BOAT International, Nekton and Ocean Family Foundation and, with supporting partners EYOS and Arksen, aims to match the owners of private yachts, who are prepared to offer space on their vessel to scientists undertaking crucial ocean research.
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