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Technology Workshops

The RWSC Technology Subcommittee is meeting jointly with the Marine Technology Society Offshore Renewable Energy Committee in 2024.

The Joint Committee is providing a forum for discussions to engage the four RWSC Sectors (federal and state agencies, offshore wind companies, and environmental nonprofits), technology providers, the wildlife research community, and other private entities to advance the findings and recommendations in the Technology chapter of the RWSC Science Plan.

Expand the tabs below to learn more about the Joint Technology Committee and upcoming events. Join the RWSC mailing list to receive event notifications and updates.

This page will be updated with workshop dates, agendas, and other information.

Regular meetings of the RWSC-MTS Joint Technology Committee

Members of the RWSC Technology Subcommittee and MTS Renewable Energy Committee meet to advance Science Plan recommendations related to technology, with a focus on planning and holding a series of workshops and events in 2024. View the Joint Technology Committee roster.

Joint Technology Committee

Co-convened with the Marine Technology Society’s Offshore Renewable Energy Committee. Contact Abbey Wakely, MTS

Upcoming meetings | Shared Files

RWSC-MTS Planning Committee 

This is subset of the RWSC-MTS Joint Technology Committee that focuses on the logistics, fundraising, and planning of specific workshops and events. The Planning Committee is convened as needed. View the Planning Committee’s meeting recordings and summaries.

Collaborative Technology Workshop Series

The joint RWSC-MTS Technology Committee, which includes members from government, the private sector, and environmental nonprofits, in partnership with two US Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories (the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), with support from the DOE and contributions from NOAA, BOEM, and Turn Forward, will host a series of virtual workshops aimed at assessing the state of the science regarding technologies, tools, and methods for monitoring marine mammals around offshore wind construction activities.

The first workshop in this virtual series was held on Thursday, April 18. The workshop proceeding can be found here.

Please save the date for the second workshop in this virtual series on Wednesday, June 26, from 1-4pm ET. Register here. The agenda can be found here. Pre-workshop materials will be posted a week in advance of the workshop.

Mini TechSurge and Tech Café at NYSERDA State of the Science Workshop

The RWSC-MTS Joint Technology Committee is hosting two events within the 2024 State of the Science Workshop on Offshore Wind Energy, Wildlife, and Fisheries​ in Stony Brook, NY from July 16-19, 2024. Learn more and register for the events here. Additional registration to the State of the Science Workshop is required.

Mini TechSurge, July 18, 2024

A separate registration to the Mini TechSurge will be required, with no additional fee. You can register here. To register, you will be asked to create an MTS account and log in. This process is entirely free and does not mean you are formally joining MTS.

The format will include roundtable discussion with short presentations and moderated questions with goals to:

  • Facilitate Collaboration
  • Drive Innovation in Offshore Wind Technology
  • Generate Actionable Technology Recommendations

Provide feedback on potential topics

Potential topics for roundtable discussions and presentations include:

  • Fisheries Survey Mitigation
  • Platforms (autonomous vehicles, buoys, vessels)

The RWSC-MTS Joint Committee is taking feedback on content and presentations for the Mini TechSurge via its regular meetings (see above).

Sponsorship available:

  • Gold Sponsors – $2,500 USD. Gold sponsors receive one (1) complimentary table at the Tech Café or TechSurge (TBD) and company’s logo will be on event signage. 
  • Silver Sponsor – $1,500 USD. Logo will be on event signage.
  • Other sponsorship available upon request
  • Contact programs@mtsociety.org

Tech Café, July 18, 2024

This event will take place during the State of the Science. Learn more and register here. To register, you will be asked to create an MTS account and log in. This process is entirely free and does not mean you are formally joining MTS.

Discussed format: Desktop demonstrations showcasing a range of tools and technologies offered by both technology service providers and others. 

More information will be posted soon.​

Related Events Hosted by Others

The RWSC-MTS Joint Technology Committee is coordinating its activities with those sponsored and hosted by partners:

Upcoming:

  • International Partnering Forum 2024
    • Host: Oceantic Network (formerly Business Network for Offshore Wind)
    • April 22-25, 2024 | New Orleans, LA
    • RWSC and collaborators proposed sessions related to technology development applications to advance offshore wind monitoring and mitigation.
  • Detection, Classification, Localisation and Density Estimation (DCLDE) of marine mammals workshop
    • June 3-7, 2024 | Rotterdam, the Netherlands
    • Several individuals who participate in RWSC are leading workshops and attending
    • NOAA NEFSC’s Passive Acoustics Branch is hosting two workshops at DCLDE conference on June 3, 2024. The workshops are titled “Introduction and Updates to The Low-Frequency Detection and Classification System (LFDCS)” and “Introduction to the Dive Depth Detection (3D) method: leveraging surface reflections to estimate whale depth and improve density estimation, an example using deep diving echolocators”.

Past:

  • Predictive tools for North Atlantic Right Whales Workshop
    • Host: BOEM
    • December 2023

Partners & Support

Support from several partners across Sectors for providing capacity for workshops to advance Science Plan recommendations:

Oceans Halifax 2024

The RWSC-MTS Joint Technology Committee is considering ways to engage at the MTS Oceans meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia from September 23-26, 2024.

Abstract Submission | Due April 19, 2024: https://halifax24.oceansconference.org/submit-paper-poster/​

The MTS Offshore Renewable Energy Committee is submitting an abstract to hold a town hall.​