Annual Assembly 2023

Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG

11th (evening drinks reception) and 12th July 2023

8.30 - 17.00 followed by refreshments and networking until 18.30.

The Supergen ORE Hub provides research leadership to connect academia, industry, policy and public stakeholders to drive innovation and advocate for ORE research. Each year we organise an Annual Assembly to connect those working in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors to explore cutting-edge research and discuss the latest issues facing the ORE sector.

Come along to hear the latest from the Supergen ORE Hub, including showcasing and discussing our Core and Flexible Funding research. We will also be joined by our keynote speakers, and hold three topical panel sessions. Each panel comprised of representatives from across the ORE sector and academic disciplines.


Annual Assembly Full Programme (subject to amendments):

08.30 - 09.00 - Registration and refreshments

09.00 - 09.20 - Welcome Address - Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE FREng FICE FRINA, Professor of Ocean Engineering, University of Plymouth and Director of the Supergen ORE Hub

Panel session 1

Unlocking growth targets: What changes are needed within policy and practice to enable targets for 2030 and beyond to be achieved within the context of ORE? What is the role of the Supergen ORE Hub in providing research leadership for ORE to achieve these targets for 2030 and beyond?

09.20 - 09.45 - Keynote speakers:

  • Caitlin Byers - Development Manager (Integration & Transition) - Crown Estate Scotland
  • Henry Jeffrey - Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub and Head of Policy Unit, University of Edinburgh

09.45 - 10.30 - Followed by a Panel including speakers:

  • Caitlin Byers - Development Manager (Integration & Transition) - Crown Estate Scotland
  • Steve Jermy - Managing Director, Celtic Sea Power
  • Michael Bullock - Director - Renewable Risk Advisors Ltd
  • Kasia Nikraszewicz - Head of Hydro, Wave & Tidal Stream at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Jonathan Hodges - Innovation and Strategy Manager - Wave Energy Scotland
  • Jim Fleming - Head of Energy Programmes - EPSRC


10.30 - 11.00 - Refreshment break and networking/poster exhibition


11.00 - 11.20 - Supergen ORE Hub Core Research updates

  • Professor David White - University of Southampton
  • Professor Tim Stallard - University of Manchester
  • Professor Beth Scott - University of Aberdeen
  • Professor Byron Byrne - University of Oxford

11.20 - 12.40 - Flexible Funding Awards and EPSRC Wave Energy Projects Research Showcase

  • Dr. Marcin Kapitaniak, University of Aberdeen - Cost Effective Methods of Installing Offshore Wind Infrastructure
  • Dr. Andrew Reid - University of Strathclyde - Smart piezoelectric metamaterials for partial discharge monitoring
  • Prof. Ali Mehmanparast - University of Strathclyde -Corrosion And fatigue protection of offshore wind Turbine structures using additive manufacturing technology (COATing)
  • Dr. Ed Mackay - University of Exeter - Improved Models for Multivariate Metocean Extremes (IMEX)
  • Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE - University of Plymouth - Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy: FlexWave
  • Professor Qingwei Ma - City University, London - New generation modelling suite for the survivability of wave energy convertors in marine environments (WavE-Suite)
  • Professor Peter Stansby - University of Manchester - Mooring analysis and design for offshore WEC survivability and fatigue (MoorWEC)
  • Dr Nick Baker - Newcastle University - MU-EDRIVE
  • Dr Xiandong Ma - Lancaster University - Novel high performance wave energy converters with advanced control, reliability and survivability systems through machine-learning forecasting
  • Dr Thomas Davey - FloWave - HAPiWEC (holistic advanced prototyping and interfacing for wave energy control
  • Prof. Guang Li - Queen Mary University of London - System-level co-design and control of large capacity wave energy converters with multiple PTOs
  • Prof. Qing Xiao, University of Strathclyde - BASM-WEC – bionic adaptive stretchable materials for wave energy converters


12.40 - 13.40 - Lunch break and networking/poster exhibition

Panel Session 2

People power: How to grow and sustain the workforce needed to deliver net zero and ensure that Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is a core element of the journey to 2030 and beyond?

13.40 - 14.40 - Panel speakers:

  • Agota Mokute - Lecturer in Renewable Energy, NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Hull
  • Andy Williamson - Business Development Director, Global Underwater Hub
  • Professor James Gilbert - Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub, University of Hull
  • Fiona Jackson - Associate Consultant, Equal Engineers
  • Ross Wigg - Clean Energy Consultant, Vercity Consultancy & Lead Industrial Partner, Supergen ORE Hub

14.40 - 15.00 - Supergen ORE Hub Core Research updates

  • Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, University of Plymouth
  • Professor Feargal Brennan, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor James Gilbert, University of Hull
  • Professor Xiaowei Zhao, University of Warwick


15.00 - 15.30 - Refreshment break and networking/poster exhibition


Panel Session 3

The global local industry: How do we best share best ORE practice through international collaboration? and how do we ensure all communities and regions can benefit from ORE growth?

15.30 - 15.45 - Keynote speaker:

  • Hayley Hinchen - Principal Consultant, Howell Marine and ECOWIND Champion

15.45 - 16.30 - Followed by a Panel including speakers:

  • Yannis Dragotis - Head of Renewable Energy Innovation Delivery at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Paul McKeever - Head of Electrical Research, ORE Catapult
  • Hayley Hinchen - Principal Consultant - Howell Marine
  • Valentin Dupont - Policy Officer - Ocean Energy Europe
  • Adam Bates - Senior Associate - Offshore Wind & Maritime Decarbonisation, the Carbon Trust
  • Xun Meng - Visiting Researcher, Ocean University china


16.30 - 17.00 - Poster prize giving, thank you and close - Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE FREng FICE FRINA, Professor of Ocean Engineering, University of Plymouth and Director of the Supergen ORE Hub

17:00 – 18:30 - Networking/poster exhibition with refreshments

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