Call for abstracts

Today’s subsea industry faces manifold challenges. It’s threatened by onshore, in the form of shale. It needs to remain vigilant towards capex inflation and must provide timely payback. It also needs remain relevant as we navigate the global energy transition.

These are challenges that the subsea industry is using its core competencies, knowledge and experience to tackle. To accelerate this transformation, we’re announcing Subsea – Enabling Smarter Solutions as the key theme for the 2020 Underwater Technology Conference (UTC).

UTC 2020, which is due to be held in Bergen, 16-18 June, is the industry’s longest running and most respected, subsea technology focused event. Celebrating 40 years since it was first held this year, this internationally renowned subsea event has continually evolved to meet today’s challenges, and this year is no different.

With Subsea – Enabling Smarter Solutions as our theme, we want to help the industry to move towards a long-term sustainable vision. It’s a vision that’s not only low-carbon but also highly capable, transferable and exportable. We want to support industry sharing and debate so that it can maintain but also further drive the technical leadership it already embodies, while also growing it, so that we can forge and support new energy industries in the ocean space in ways that also meet global societal needs.

We will not shy away from these challenges, because we know we have an industry that has the deep technical competencies as well as the curiosity and drive to find myriad solutions. It also has the willingness to seek solutions outside our industry.

Whether it’s future remote and autonomous fields, new subsea energies, smart technologies to support lean and effective brownfield projects or super-efficient and intelligent frontier, ultra-deepwater projects, we can help to drive the transition. This is our challenge. Join us.


Call for Abstracts Themes of Interest UTC 2020


1. Field for the future
  • Innovation / new technology
  • Business models & collaboration
  • Carbon Storage
  • Renewables
3. Brown field / tie-back technology
  • Cost efficient lifetime enhancement
  • Digitalization / Efficient data management
  • Subsea increased recovery – boosting/compression/processing
  • Instrumentation
  • Well intervention and IMR
  • Flowlines & umbilicals
2. Subsea energy solutions
  • Energy efficient and low carbon subsea
  • Technology crossovers
  • Power generation and distribution
4. Green field / deep and ultra-deep subsea technology
  • Remote operation – automation / robotization
  • Condition based maintenance
  • Installation/Marine operations
  • Well intervention and IMR
  • Materials and solutions
  • All electric solutions
  • Power distribution
  • Standardization
  • Simplification
  • Subsea architecture



1) Get approvals from your management before you submit an abstract.

2) No commercial focus. Delegates at previous UTCs responds negatively to sales presentations/company profiling. Focus on the technology; do not underestimate your audience.

3) If chosen, your abstract will be published in the conference brochure and online. Please review your text before submittal.

4) Maximum 250 words in the abstract text.

5) Submit your abstract in accordance with the listed topics, giving the program committee a context for evaluating your contribution.

6) Do not include figures, photos or bullet points in the abstract text. The publishing format handles text only.

7) Abstracts are chosen based on their strength, content matter and market/trend relevance – i.e choose topic carefully when submitting your abstract. A listing in the most appropriate category will give you a greater chance to be selected.

8) Submit with author/presenter in the online submittal form. In case of multiple authors, please list co-authors at the end of the abstract text.

9) The Program Committee reserves the right to not include abstracts accepted by similar conferences.

10) All authors will be notified no later than Feb 15th, selected or not. All speakers need to confirm their attendance within a given deadline.

11) Full instructions on preparation of manuscripts and presentations will be sent to selected authors. You can also choose to publicize a paper after the conference (in addition to your presentation).

12) The Program Committee will nominate “back up” presentations for each topic, to be the first runner-up if one of the presentations is canceled. Authors of back up presentations will receive conference benefits correspondingly to chosen presentations/speakers.

13) A complementary conference fee, including lunches and social events, will be provided for one speaker per abstract/presentation. UTC will not cover travel/accommodation expenses.

14) Students: UTC will cover travel and accommodation for the selected students giving presentations, as well as cover their conference fee. Please note that we will accept student abstracts until April 15th 2019, enabling as many as possible to propose an abstract.


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