Seminar 'The Floating Future'
We see an increasing interest in floating mega islands, to be used as energy islands, floating ports, farms or floating cities. Our first research has shown that in view of large mooring forces and strict motion requirements, designing these islands can be quite a challenge.

During the seminar ‘The Floating Future’ we want to address the different applications within specific projects and the possible start of an open innovation for the development of floating islands.

You will have the unique opportunity to experience the floating island tests at MARIN.
Video Model installation and testing first floating mega island

Preliminary programme
09.00 - 09.30 Registration and coffee
09.30 - 09.45 Welcome and introduction Bas Buchner (President) MARIN
09.45 - 10.15 Life@Sea: future use of our oceans Olaf Waals (Manager Offshore) MARIN
10.15 - 10.35 Space@Sea Maarten Flikkema (Senior Project Manager R&D) MARIN
10.35 - 11.00 Coffee break
Logistics & living on our oceans
11.00 - 11.30 Development of floating cities Karina Czapiewska (Floating City Developer) Blue21
11.30 - 12.00 Rise of the Blue City Koen Olthuis (CEO) Waterstudio.NL
12.00 - 12.30 Multi-use Offshore Platform (MOP) on the Guiana Shelf Thomas Lockhart (Innovation & Transformation) GICAN
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
Food & energy production at sea
13.30 - 14.00 Flexible floating mega structure for blue solar energy - BlueS project Sebastian Schreier (Assistant professor in Ship Hydromechanics) TUDelft
14.00 - 14.30 An insight into seaweed production on the Dutch North Sea: Sustainable, Large scale and multifunctional Koen van Swam (Coordinator Stichting Noordzeeboerderij) Stichting Noordzee-boerderij
14.30 - 15.00 Coffee break
Open innovation challenges
15.00 - 15.45 Discussion innovation challenges
15.45 - 16.00 Transport to MARIN
16.00 Unique opportunity to experience floating island tests at MARIN & drinks


The seminar ‘The Floating Future’ will be held on March 7, 2018.
Venue will be Hotel De Wageningsche Berg, Generaal Foulkesweg 96, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Participation is free of charge.

Register here

For more information contact Olaf Waals at or T +31 615 13 95 69.

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