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Conference Programme

Time Details
Breakfast Event
Marine Energy at the University of the Highlands and Islands

Time: 0800 - 0900
Location: Lansdowne Suite, Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor
All delegates are invited to attend this breakfast event ahead of the conference hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands. Click here to read more and to register your place.
09:00 Registration & Networking

Plenary 1
​Where are we now?

With technology continuing to deliver, but projects still lacking a viable route to commercialisation, can Scotland keep its lead in developing and deploying wave and tidal projects? 

Join this session to reflect on the state of the industry, discuss government ambition for the sector and consider revenue models that could propel the sector towards market delivery.

Welcome and Chair
Claire Mack, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Scottish Government
Kersti Berge, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government
Sue Barr, Board Member, Scottish Renewables


10:45 Networking Break

Plenary 2
Building momentum: telling our story 

This session will consider how wave and tidal energy can help meet not just our energy and carbon ambitions, but a wider set of socio-economic goals – and what the industry can do to better tell that story.

Sue Barr, Board Member, Scottish Renewables

Peter Duncan, Managing Director, Message Matters
Audrey MacIver, Director of Energy and Low Carbon, Highlands and Islands Enterprise 
Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe
Gavin McPherson, Head of Policy and Research, Nova Innovation


12:45 Networking Lunch

Lunchtime Event
Leading Europe’s Marine Supply Chain into Global Markets

Time: 1300 - 1320
Location: McCaig Room, COSLA
All delegates are invited to attend this short lunchtime event hosted by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group. Click here to read more. 

13:30 Plenary 3
Innovating our way down the cost curve and delivering a route to market

This session considers how wave and tidal technologies might reduce costs, the cost curve outlook and where revenue opportunities might exist as we move towards a smart, flexible energy system.

Sue Barr, Board Member, Scottish Renewables

Miriam Noonan, Financial Analyst, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Louise Dalton, Senior Associate, CMS  
Jonathan Hodges, Senior Innovation Engineer, Wave Energy Scotland 
Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Deja Blue Consulting


14:45 Networking Break

Plenary 4
Priorities for action 

In this final session, an expert panel will debate priority actions for the sector, to help shape Scottish Renewables’ policy work over the year ahead.

Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland 
Cameron Smith, Director, SIMEC Atlantis
Andrew Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Scotrenewables Tidal Power
Richard Yemm, Director, Quoceant

Patricia Hawthorn, Partner, Shepherd + Wedderburn LLP


Closing remarks
Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables

16:45 Event Close

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