We are hosting the oldest subsea conference in the world
Since 1980, Bergen has served as the host city for the world’s oldest subsea conference, and the driving force behind the event is the Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF).
The Underwater Technology Foundation is a non-commercial entity established in 1980 when several large oil-related companies joined forces to hold an Underwater Technology Conference in Bergen. At the time, the subsea industry was in its infancy, and the foundation was the first in the world to put on a conference with sole focus on this sector.
International meeting point
Ever since the first UTC, the conference has been a regular event in Bergen. For the first 30 years it was held biennially, but from 2010 onwards it became an annual event. In addition to the large Norwegian oil and gas operators, the proportion of international representatives is high – and is steadily rising. 22 different nations was represented in 2015. The conference attracts between 700 and 1000 participants annually. Hence, this June event in Bergen is an international meeting point for the world’s leading subsea technology companies. New technology is presented, challenges are discussed and UTF is the host and organiser.
UTF is, however, far more than just the Underwater Technology Conference – although focus on this event is high. The overall objective of the foundation is to promote increased knowledge of the subsea sector in the Bergen region. This is something the foundation will achieve through conferences such as UTC which features an exhibition open to everyone interested in learning more about subsea. In addition, the foundation will hold exhibitions and meetings, and will contribute to research and training at university level.
To fulfil the latter, the foundation offers a grant available to applicants in need of financial support for a subsea related research or training project. The foundation would like to see more applicants for the grant, and encourages anyone with a relevant project to apply.
Application form and guidelines are available here.