The opening address of Hydro12 will be given by Robert Ward, President (Elect) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).
Robert Ward was born in England and joined the Royal Australian Navy after 13 years service in the british Royal Navy. He retired from the navy in 2007 in the rank of Captain.
During a naval career of 37 years, over 20 of which were spent in ships, including in command, he developed a wide experience of hydrographic and oceanographic surveying around the world. He also served for a short time as a deck officer in the british Merchant Navy. Ashore, his experience has included the training of hydrographers both in the UK and as the Head of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic School. His last position in the Navy was as Deputy Hydrographer of Australia.
Robert has a long history of involvement in the implementation and development of the standards and regulations associated with electronic chart navigation and digital hydrographic data both in the IHO and in the IMO.
In September 2007 he was elected as one of the three co-Directors at the International Hydrographic Bureau, in Monaco where his principal responsibility was the administration of the technical program of the International Hydrographic Organization. In 2012 he was elected as the President of the IHO and assumed that office in September.
Hydro12 features Keynote Speakers during the conference. You find them listed below.
Peter Harris graduated from the University of Washington (Seattle, USA) in 1981 and completed a PhD at the University of Wales (Swansea, UK) in 1984. After moving to Australia, he worked on several projects including the marine geology of the Great Barrier Reef and the Fly River Delta (Papua New Guinea), Antarctic palaeo-environments, continental shelf sediment dynamics and seafloor habitat mapping. He has published over 100 research articles, was editor of a book in 2012 on “Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat” and is a founding member of the GeoHab habitat mapping organisation. In recent years Peter has worked on a United Nations program to establish a process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment (GRAME). Peter has been seconded for 1 year by the Australian Government to UNEP/GRID, based in Arendal, Norway, to lead the development of a web page and create a new global seafloor geomorphology map to support GRAME.
Mark Heine is Regional Manager Europe-Africa for the Survey Division of Fugro N.V. Previously, he held positions such as Managing Director, Operations Manager, and Geodesist at Fugro Survey B.V. Mark holds an MSc in Geodetic Engineering from Delft University of Technology, where he graduated in 2000. Mark enjoys mountain climbing, and has a family with two children.
Stephen Shipman MBE joined the Royal Navy, as a Seaman Officer, in 1968 and specialised as a Hydrographic surveyor in 1972. His 27 years as a specialist hydrographic surveyor saw him conducting surveys in many parts of the world. His last seagoing post was as the Captain of HMS FOX carrying out safety of navigation surveys in the Celtic Sea. His shore postings included a spell as the Staff Officer for Hydrographic Equipment in the Ministry of Defence and two periods at the Royal Naval Hydrographic School in HMS Drake, the first as chief instructor for the Long Hydrographic course and the second, immediately prior to retirement, as Director of Training. During the 1990s Stephen was a regular lecturer at the International Maritime Academy in Trieste, Italy. On retiring from the Royal Navy he remained at the Hydrographic School as Business Development Manager working for Flagship Training Ltd. In 2003 he moved to the International Hydrographic Bureau in Monaco as the Professional Assistant (Hydrography), a post he filled for 9 years prior to taking retirement in May 2012.
In 1993 Stephen completed a self-study degree with the Open University and also received an MSc in Engineering Surveying and Geodesy from Nottingham University. From 1996 to 2003 he was a member of the joint IHO / FIG / ICA Advisory Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers a position he had to relinquish on taking up employment at the IHB in 2003. He was Vice-Chairman of the Board for the last few years of his membership. Stephen has also served as a member of Council and President of the Geomatics (formerly the Land and Hydrographic Surveyors) Division of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In 1999 he was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II in recognition of his contribution to Hydrographic education on a world-wide basis.
Terje Thorsnes graduated with a M.Sc. from the University of Bergen in 1985, and started doing bedrock mapping, tectonostrigraphic studies and ore prospecting in the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU). After some years, he moved to the marine domain, and is now a senior marine geologist working at NGU. His current area of expertise is within marine geology, with emphasis on seabed sediments and morphology, links between geology and biology within an ecosystem framework, and applied aspects for ocean management. He has a long experience with geological, geophysical and geochemical data, from the initial stages of cruise planning, to offshore data acquisition, laboratory work, processing, interpretation, reporting, scientific publication and web publication.