Next week (May 23-26) is the 2011 International Oil Spill Conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference is held every three years in the U.S., and we’re lucky that it is close to our office here in Seattle. A bunch of us from Seattle will be heading down, and we’ll meet colleagues from across the U.S. and the rest of the world.
The mission of this conference is to “contribute to and enable a culture of preparedness within the oil spill response community” and beyond.
On that note, I will be chairing a session on pollution threats from sunken shipwrecks. There are also sessions on the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill, Arctic response issues, case studies on other incidents, dispersants and other technologies, economic considerations, and natural resource damages and restoration. In addition to the presentations on science and policy issues, there is also a big trade show exhibiting response equipment and technology from around the world. For more information, see www.IOSC.org
Keep an eye out next week because we’ll be posting a few updates from the conference.