Call for Speakers

We are now accepting submissions for poster and oral presentations at this year’s symposium.


You can download an abstract template Word file here.

Please provide an abstract of less than 500 words in English via email to with: Speaker Name(s), Presentation/Paper Title, Topic, and an indication of your desired medium (oral or poster). Please ensure you register to attend in advance of submission (payment for attending speakers is required no later than July 31, 2018).

Topics may include:

  • OTEC Technology / Research
  • Finance / Policy
  • Ongoing Projects
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Other Seawater Uses
  • etc.

The first deadline for abstract submission is June 30, 2018. We will contact you within two weeks on selection of your application.

Full Paper

Full paper submission deadline is August 17. Full papers should be in PowerPoint or equivalent format. Presentations will be made available (in PDF format) to attendees of the symposium. You may include a redacted version for distribution or opt out of distribution.


In addition to those who wish to provide a poster, if volume of oral presentation submissions exceeds capacity, we may offer a poster option as a substitute. Posters should be self-printed and brought to the venue. Posters should be no larger than A0 size (880x1170mm poster area). Poster board availability will be confirmed with presenters via email. The organizers will supply boards and mounting fixtures. Poster presenters must attend for their poster to be displayed.





September 26, 2018 (Wednesday)

September 27, 2018 (Thursday)

September 28, 2018 (Friday) [Optional OTEC Tour on Kumejima]

Day 1 (9/26)

AM: ・Introductions
  ・Oral/Poster/Exhibition Sessions
PM: ・Oral/Poster/Exhibition Sessions
Evening: ・Reception

Day 2 (9/27)

AM: ・Oral/Poster/Exhibition Sessions

Day 3 (9/28)

AM: ・Optional Tour

OTEC Demonstration, Deep Seawater Industries, etc.


Please note that due to the distance of OIST from Okinawa’s major airport (a 1.5 hr drive) we highly suggest arriving in Okinawa no later than September 25.



Reception (9/26)

A reception to welcome guests to Okinawa and foster communication and networking will take place on the evening of September 26. We hope you will be able to attend. Moon Beach Hotel is the reception venue.

Optional OTEC / DSW Industry Tour (9/28)

An optional tour is being organized on Kumejima. We are working with travel companies to ensure those who wish to attend will have beneficial experience. Transportation on Kumejima between hotel and tour sites will be provided. Hotel and Airfare can be booked separately, or through a coordinated "hotel pack" discount tour. More information on this will be provided soon.

Current destinations for the tour include:

Tentative Schedule



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