Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)


The IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society that brings marine engineers, marine scientists and marine technologists together into one multi-disciplinary professional body. We work to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices and upholding the status, standards and expertise of marine professionals worldwide.

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Organizer & Principal Sponsor

QinetiQ is an expert in defence, aerospace and security. We employ more than 9,000 people worldwide, and our scientists and engineers solve some of the world’s most important problems. We offer high-end technical knowledge underpinned by world-class research and innovation.

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Principal Sponsor

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) equips and supports the UK armed forces - including disposal, equipment and services ranging from ships, aircraft, vehicles and weapons, to electronic systems and information services. It also meets requirements including food, clothing medical supplies, maintenance and temporary accommodation, as well as operating HM Naval Bases and joint supply chain for land, sea and air.

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Babcock International

Gold Sponsor

Babcock International, the UK's leading engineering support services organisation. Defence, energy, telecommunications, transport and education are all sectors where Babcock can be found diligently behind the scenes, delivering critical support.

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Gold Sponsor

BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 83,100 people worldwide. Its wide-ranging products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services.

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BMT Defence Services

BMT delivers independent engineering and design capabilities for international defence customers. Our highly qualified and multi-disciplined submarine designers and engineers support the complete life-cycle of conventional and nuclear submarines, from concept designs to their safe disposal.

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Supporting Organisation

Incredible Oceans is an education programme from the team that in 4 years built WhaleFest into the world’s biggest marine outreach event. Backed by leading educationalists, plus the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises, it’s a cross-curricular, learning programme using the wow factor of whales and dolphins to spark a life-long appreciation for marine life.

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Supporting Organisation

Sea Cadets is a national youth charity, working with young people and giving them the training and support they need to be experience incredible water-based and land-based adventures.

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Supporting Organisation

We aim to be the first in learning and professional development for the maritime community and we do this through our many partnerships. These enable us to offer tailored learning programmes that support learning and professional development at all levels, right through to postgraduate. We’re also able to deliver distance-learning programmes that are perfect for those who are unable to learn through the more traditional methods.

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Supporting Organisation

The Royal Navy is made up of five arms. The might of ships in the Surface Fleet, the aerial strength that is the Fleet Air Arm, the covert Submarine Service, the elite and amphibious Royal Marines, and the civilian fleet central to our effectiveness, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

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MLA College offers Higher Education degree qualifications in Partnership with Plymouth University. Adding to the established Hydrographic Academy courses, new programmes include undergraduate and postgraduate degree qualifications in Sustainable Maritime Operations for Seafarers (Deck and Engineer), and Master's programmes in Hydrography, Meteorology, Oceanography and Navigation.

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The National Oceanography Centre is the United Kingdom’s centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We have a remit to provide national capability and leadership for big ocean science.

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The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is a multidisciplinary learned society that brings together organisations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.

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