Wednesday June 9, 2021, Royal Geographical Society
An outline of the Ocean Talks programme is detailed below. Further topics will be added shortly.
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Superyachts and super drones
No longer reserved for scientists and filmmakers, underwater drones are suddenly affordable. Better still, they can turn yacht owners and charterers into instant citizen scientists, gathering data wherever they go, and submitting the results to create an invaluable worldwide database. David Lang, co-founder of Sofar Ocean looks at what you need to know to get involved, and how these unassuming robots have the potential to change the future of ocean research forever.
The ocean is always right
From solar powered catamarans, to yachts powered by hydrogen propulsion, there’s a wealth of options out there for owners who want to make their next boat more eco-friendly. But whose responsibility is it to make sure that change happens? And what do designers, builders and brokers need to do to encourage potential buyers to go green? Some of the biggest players in the yachting industry share how they’ve played their part, and discuss what others need to do to follow suit.
Ten years from Tara
In a decade, the way in which yachts can travel, explore, and assist scientific research has changed dramatically. Romain Troublé and Oliver Steeds look at how far we’ve come – and what is still to do. The Tara Ocean Foundation organizes voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world's oceans. Over the past ten years, the yacht has facilitated expeditions everywhere from Patagonia and Antarctica to Greenland.
Yachts for science
It’s been a year since BOAT International, Nekton Mission and OFF (Ocean Family Foundation) launched the Yachts for Science initiative, which called for boat owners to lend spare berths to scientists carrying out much needed ocean research. Travel and conservation journalist Richard Madden catches up with those who took part in the project.
Protecting our coasts: why yachts are uniquely placed to help
Patricia Ricard, Jean-Luc Solandt and Brendan Jack discuss why coastal regions are so important when it comes to ocean conservation and research – and what the yachting community can do to help protect them.
What does responsible tourism really mean?
Superyacht owners are travelling to more remote – and unspoilt – places than ever before, and with these thrilling new horizons comes an increased sense of responsibility. Practicing “responsible tourism” is often quipped in the industry, but what does it mean in reality? Joss Kent, CEO of luxury experiential travel company andBeyond and Tessa Hempson, Operations Manager of Oceans Without Borders join Sophia Wilson, travel editor at BOAT International, to discuss what practical steps owners need to take to leave a lasting positive impact.
From electric surfboards to underwater cameras, yacht owners – and their offspring – are always looking for new ways to have fun onboard. What if the gaming industry could find a way to harvest that interest, and turn it into something positive? Meet three inspiring entrepreneurs who are doing just that including Jasper Smith, founder of Arksen.
Plastics – where do we go from here?
Last year saw a huge surge in interest in plastics – and crucially, what we do with them. Our Ocean Talks event saw a lively debate on stage, and this year we’re asking: what next? Lilly Barclay, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, hear’s insights from those who know most about this complex topic, and have radical solutions too – including Irish teenager Fionn Ferreira, who won the Google Science Award for his innovative method of using magnets to filter micro-plastics from our waters.