The Call for Papers for the 9th International Naval Engineering Conference and Exhibition (INEC 2008 â€“ April 1-3, 2008, Hamburg, Germany) has been published by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), together with news of the inaugural Sir Donald Gosling Award, a prestigious â€˜firstâ€™ for the event.
â€œThe many challenges facing our navies continue to demand ever more resourceful solutions and approaches,â€ explains INEC conference chairman, Captain John Newell MBE, Royal Navy
. â€œINEC 2008, with its theme â€˜Embracing the Futureâ€™ will incorporate the operation, future design, integration and support of vessels in the naval environment. It will explore the balance between evolving current practice, revolutionary or novel alternatives and practical experience.
â€œIn particular, INEC 2008, which is aimed at commercial and military ship operators, designers and shipbuilders, classification societies, machinery and equipment manufacturers, universities
and a wide range of other organizations, is looking to capitalize on the benefits from commercial experience.
â€œHamburg has been chosen as the logical venue for the 2008 event as it remains one of the leading European centers for naval shipbuilding. INEC was last held there in 2000 and proved highly successful. The CCH (Congress Center Hamburg) is a superb venue, right in the middle of the city center â€“ weâ€™re looking forward to a true landmark event.â€