Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase 2019

Registration is now open for the National Oceanography Centre’s (NOC) Marine Autonomy and Technology Showcase (MATS) 2019, which will take place from 12–14 November at the NOC’s waterfront site in Southampton.

This year saw a record number of abstracts submitted, and the organising committee is looking forward to building upon last year’s success and delivering a packed programme of presentations, panel discussions, exhibits and networking opportunities over the three days.

MATS2019 will welcome a broad roster of speakers and exhibitors from across industry, academia, and government organisations. Each day of the showcase – hosted in our Southampton quayside marquee – will see leading figures from the world of marine autonomy and technology take to the stage to present on innovative, disruptive technologies, as well as discussions focusing on current developments, future priorities and challenges for the sector.

Tickets are priced at £180 (including VAT) for the three-day event, which includes lunch and refreshments, and access to the icebreaker drinks, and an evening networking supper. The full programme and biographies of the speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.


Testimonials from MATS2018

“MATS is a really important event on the marine robotics calendar. It is a great opportunity to hear not only what steps forward the NOC have made but also the whole industry and ecosystem around it. This year certainly had a real buzz and the event is a great indicator of just how busy this industry is at the moment.”

Dan Hook, Senior Director – Business Development, L3 ASV

“MATS-2018 at NOC was a step up from previous years in all respects; the number and quality of delegates, exhibitors and the quality of the talks makes MATS a must attend event in our busy calendar.”

Terry Sloane, Managing Director, Planet Ocean / ecoSUB

“MATS was a great forum to introduce the Maritime Autonomy Regulation Lab (MARLab) to a broad spectrum of industry players, and at the same time gain a comprehensive overview of industry and academic achievements over the past 12 months, and to discuss ambitions and new uses for these technologies in the future.”

Tim Wilkes, Product Manager, MCA

“Sonardyne’s deep capabilities are enablers for ocean robots. Bringing these to the right forum, to the right people in the industry, is of great value to us. That is why I firmly believe that there is space in the calendar for a show specialising in autonomy on the maritime domain. If MATS continues to grow, and be as effective as it was this year, then MATS is that show. Unless you can find another show that invites both BP and the Royal Navy to outline their visions for marine autonomy. Not that easy.”

Ioseba Tena, Global Business Manager – Marine Robotics Systems, Sonardyne

“The intimate set up and combination of presenting and exhibiting at MATS gives us the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate our new technology solutions, whether they are in the research phase or a final product, to current and potential partners and customers.”

Nick Green, Global Business Development Manager, SeeByte

“Great to see all of UK marine autonomy under one roof. MATS has really established itself as a vital date in our diary. We especially liked the balance between presentations and exhibitions, scientists and industry – stimulated some great discussions.”

Phil Johnston, Business Development Manager, Seiche Ltd

Event dates: 
Tuesday 12 November 2019 - 09:00 to Thursday 14 November 2019 - 17:00