USA: Office of Naval Research Sets Date for 2012 Naval S&T Partnership Conference
The Office of Naval Research’s (ONR) biennial 2012 Naval Science and Technology (S&T) Partnership Conference will take place Oct. 22-24, officials announced Jan. 19.
“The chief of naval operations has challenged us to meet the Navy and Marine Corps’ vision for 2025,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, chief of naval research. “Our goal is to bring the right people together to deliver innovative capabilities for Sailors and Marines and to solve emerging S&T challenges for future forces.”
This year’s event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va. Registration will open in the spring.
The conference offers a chance for members of industry, academia and other government agencies to meet with ONR leaders and program managers, and investigate possibilities for collaboration. It typically draws about 2,000 attendees and provides a forum for high-level speakers, such as the secretary of the Navy and deputy director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to convey crucial information and important announcements.
The 2012 Naval S&T Partnership Conference will provide the same level of access to ONR principals and experts as in previous years, through one-on-one appointments, information kiosk with program officers, breakout and poster sessions, exhibits and seminars designed to help participants learn about ONR’s mission and how to support it. Additionally, this year will feature a greater emphasis on international S&T and opportunities for cooperation with ONR Global, which has offices in technology hotspots worldwide.
The 2010 conference agenda included presentations from ONR leadership, department heads and program officers on current technology challenges and emerging research focus areas.
ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 30 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and more than 900 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,065 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.
Naval Today Staff , January 20, 2012