Marine Conference 2021 Programme


The renewable solution for marine nations: Scotland’s leading work in the global climate fight

What role could marine energy play in helping countries around the world access clean energy? With just months to go until the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, this session will put wave and tidal innovation in the context of marine sustainability across the globe.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • The contribution of marine energy technologies to the energy mix to help tackle climate change
  • The value of Scotland’s marine energy sources to accelerate growth in the blue economy
  • How marine energy technologies can help transform local, isolated communities

Welcome and Chair
Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

Gauri Singh, Deputy Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
Gareth Davies, Managing Director, Aquatera
Eileen Linklater, External Relationship Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

Q & A


Comfort Break


Leaders debate: What would success for our sector look like in 2030 and how do we deliver it?

With new support coming from both UK and Scottish Governments, can our sector fulfil its ambitions and increase deployment at home and abroad? With attention focused on jobs and a green economic recovery, how can the marine sector take advantage of its domestic supply chain strengths?

 In this session we'll address:

  • The scale and scope of Scotland’s marine energy potential
  • The opportunity to boost employment in the sector and build on Scotland’s highly specialised skills
  • How we can continue to develop our supply chain through manufacturing and development of demonstration devices
  • The potential export market of Scotland’s wave and tidal technologies

Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

In Conversation With:
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables and Wade Islan, Analyst – Public Policy Consulting, The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU)

Tim Hurst, Managing Director, Wave Energy Scotland
Andrew Scott, Chief Executive, Orbital Marine Power
Sean Parsons, Director of External Affairs, SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Gavin McPherson, Head of Policy and Research, Nova Innovation
Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
Jason Hayman, CEO, Sustainable Marine

Q & A


Comfort Break


UK Ministerial Address

Morag Watson, Director of Policy, Scottish Renewables

David Duguid MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State


Comfort Break


Shifting gear: Taking marine energy into the mainstream

Scotland has all the component parts needed to become a marine energy powerhouse. Our incredible geography is matched with academic excellence and innovation across manufacturing and the wider energy system.

But what steps are being taken to publicise Scotland’s strengths as a marine leader, and how do we capitalise on this potential?

In this session you'll learn:

  • How we maintain Scotland’s leadership in the marine energy sector
  • What’s needed to catalyse deployment of these technologies and reach commercialisation
  • The opportunities and challenges of making wave and tidal technologies mainstream

Norma Hogan, Senior Development Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Craig Frew, Low Carbon Innovation Team Leader, Scottish Government 
Heather McLarty, Project Manager, ORE Catapult and Sam Porteous, Engineer, ORE Catapult
Henry Jeffrey, Head of Policy and Innovation Group, University of Edinburgh

Matthew Finn, Commercial Director, European Marine Energy Centre

Q & A

Closing remarks
Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications and Strategy, Scottish Renewables


Event Close

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