Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase

Marine Autonomy & Technology Showcase  2018

13 - 15   November 2018

Keynote speaker announcement 

The keynote address will be delivered by Major General Robert Magowan CB, CBE Royal Navy, who will be in familiar territory in the city, having graduated from the University of Southampton in 1989. Major General Magowan’s current role is Controller of the Navy. He has previously served as Deputy Head in Defence Intelligence and Commandant General Royal Marines. Major General Magowan was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the October 2013 Operational Honours, which were awarded for services on operations in Afghanistan.

The countdown to MATS 2018 has begun and with record number of exhibitors and abstracts submitted it is looking to be our best MATS to date. 

Further highlights to look out for are, day one we will round off by holding an icebreaker session featuring posters from NEXUSS students, showcasing some of the bright new talent coming forward over the next few years, Day two will feature a parallel session from the Southern branch of the Hydrographic society with the day being rounded off with an informal networking supper.

New for 2018 will be our series of MAS essential sessions, led by the leading experts of various vehicle / technology types offering a chance to lift the lid on what makes them operate. further details of this to be announced soon.

Registration to attend will be opening on Friday 17 August tickets are priced at £50 per day or £100 for all three days, this includes lunch and refreshments each day and access to the icebreaker drinks and poster session and evening networking supper.

To Register click here

Conference Programme 

To view the conference programme by day please click below:

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Wednesday 14 November 2018 

Thursday 15 November 2018 





To view a full list of Exhibitors please click here  

Exhibiting opportunities for 2018 are now available for further information please email  

After the success of MATS 2017 we are pleased to announce that the 2018 event will take place from Tuesday 13 November to Thursday 15 November. MATS 2018 will primarily focus on developments and news in the 12 months since MATS 2017 and also take a forward look at where marine exploration is heading in the next 5 years. 


Key Dates / Milestone for 2018 

  • 2 April 2018 Call for Abstracts to be issued 
  • Call for exhibitors / sponsors to be issued May 2018
  • Abstracts to close 15 July 2018
  • Expert Industry Session Chairs Anmounced August 2018
  • Keynote to be announced September 2018
  • Program to be announced September 2018
  • Registration to open early September 2018
  • Event Delivery 13 – 15 November 2018

MATS 2018 Delivery Committee 

  • Aidan Thorn  NOC – Project Sponsor and Committee Chair  
  • Ian Folger NOC Event Manager 
  • Nick Green SeeByte
  • Dan Hook ASV
  • Ioseba Tena Sonardyne
  • Annika Simpson NOC
  • Rod Steel Thales
  • Damian Cook NOC
  • Ralph Dodds Atlas Elektronic
  • Matthew Kingsland NOC
  • Dr Jon Downes University of Southampton 




The National Oceanography Centre

Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH

if you have any queries or questions please email for further information