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Ocean Technology Delegation from Nova Scotia

16 January 2014

Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) www.hie.co.uk and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) www.sams.ac.uk were delighted to host an Ocean Technology Mission from Nova Scotia this week, at Dunstaffnage, by Oban.  The delegation was keen to explore potential collaboration opportunities with Scottish organisations, particularly those involved in research and development work in the field of Ocean Technology.

The similarities between the two nations extend well beyond the shared heritage and culture, with particular interests on both sides of the Atlantic in maritime themes including oceanography, marine technology, renewable energy devices and monitoring.

Led by the Canadian High Commission, with support from Scottish Development International, the Canadian attendees included senior representatives from the Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia, The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise and the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network of Centres of Excellence (MEOPAR), as well as a number of marine technology designers and manufacturers.

At SAMS, the delegation was able to hear from renowned experts including Dr Ben Wilson, Principal Investigator in Mammalogy and Marine Renewables, and Professor Dave Meldrum, Research Fellow in Ocean Sensor Technology, and understand and see first hand the technology that supports and enables world-leading research being undertaken.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), gliders and remotely piloted aircraft, contain sophisticated sensing equipment which can be satellite linked.  Dunstaffnage, by Oban provides an exceptional base from which to design, test and deploy these ocean technologies.  The European Marine Science Park, at Dunstaffnage, provides bespoke premises for businesses working in this field.  Further details on the European Marine Science Park can be found at www.europeanmarinesciencepark.com, and by contacting Morag Goodfellow on 01546 605414 morag.goodfellow@hient.co.uk.


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