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February 4-5, 2020
The Role of Research and Technology in the Changing Ocean Economy

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Oceans have long represented a frontier of opportunity for exploration, scientific understanding, commerce, and trade for the United States. The transformative technologies of the fourth industrial revolution – artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, IoT, biotechnology, advanced materials – are expected to recondition traditional ocean-based industries and enable the growth of new markets prioritizing sustainability. At the nexus of unprecedented environmental change and rapid technology innovation, how should the United States position itself as a leader in the global ocean economy? This meeting of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable will consider the importance of cross-sector collaboration and the opportunities for U.S. leadership in the context of a changing ocean and a changing ocean economy. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
2:00-3:00 pm GUIRR Executive Committee Meeting (closed session) - NAS Board Room
3:00-5:00 pm GUIRR Council Meeting (closed session) - NAS Board Room
5:00-6:30 pm Networking Mixer - NAS West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - NAS Great Hall

  • Moderator: Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair and President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks - NAS Lecture Room

  • Al Grasso, GUIRR Industry Co-Chair and Past President and CEO of MITRE Corporation
8:15-9:00 am 

Emerging Opportunities for the Growth of the U.S. Ocean Economy

9:00-9:45 am 

Science of a Changing Ocean

9:45-10:15 am Networking break
10:15-11:30 am Innovation in Traditional and Emerging Marine Industries
11:30 am-12:30 pm The Changing Research Environment of the Arctic
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm Transformation of Coastal Zones and the Smart Ocean City
2:45-3:00 pm GUIRR Activity Updates
Webinars and Federal Demonstration Partnership
3:00 pm