Over 350 world delegates are expected at the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies’ 24th symposium and exhibition in Rostock-Warnemunde from 8-10 November.

Organised by The German Hydrographic Society on behalf of the nine-member organisation and staged in the Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Dune Hotel overlooking the Baltic Sea, the three-day English-language event will feature 54 individual presentations, 48 exhibitor organisations and an extensive series of specialist workshops and on-water demonstrations.

Opening with welcome addresses by IHO President Robert Ward and Dr Mathias Jonas, Vice-President of the Federal German Maritime & Hydrographic Agency (BSH), main conference proceedings will cover a wide range of current issues. In addition to the role of the IHO and the provision of hydrographic services as a core element of E-navigation, key topics over 14 themed parallel sessions include Exploitation of the Blue Economy, Multibeam Sounding, Software & Data Management, In-Situ & Remote Space Hydrography, Tidal Correction & Height Referencing, Tidal Studies, Nautical Charting, Acoustics, Dredging Support, Unexploded Ordnance Recovery & Disposal (UXO), Lidar Case Studies, GNSS Positioning, Underwater Inspection in Low Visibility Conditions, AUVs, New Survey Vessels, and Education.

Conference proceedings also include an exclusive dedicated session for student and graduate prsentations for which a prize of £500 and a framed certificate will be awarded to the author(s) of the one adjudged the best by delegates.

Full programme details together with online registration are available at www.hydro2016.com.

By David Goodfellow