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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Australian National Maritime Museum

2 Murray St, Sydney

2024 Program Coming Soon


A place for conversation, revelation and practical advice

The annual Blue Solutions Summit is a Feature Event of the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival hosted at the Australian National Maritime Museum on March 30th.

The event focuses on solutions and showcasing ocean aware best practice in business, to deliver inspiration to act for people, planet and profit, featuring businesses and brands leading the way in ocean health practices. It is designed for business leaders, marketers, and entrepreneurs to work directly with science and policy makers, to encourage collaboration, development of sustainable practices and a shared motivation to bring a strong blue focus to businesses.
The Summit is followed by networking drinks at 5:30pm on the Museum's Ben Lexcen Terrace. This is an opportunity to meet and mingle with future thinkers and change makers to incubate new collaborations and ideas. 
The Summit will elevate the critical issues facing our ocean, with presenters including Professor Ove Hoegh-Gulberg, University of Queensland, speaking to Climate Change and Impact on our Ocean; Dr Sandor Mulsow, UN Scientist raising awareness of the deep seabed mining moratorium; Jason Peers from Marinas Guardian will discuss using innovative technology to protect our ocean and Stephen Oliver, Head of Documentary at ABC will highlight the importance of storytelling to drive action. 

2023 Program

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Prof. Ove Hoegh-Gulberg

University Queensland


Dr Sandor Mulsow

Professor of Marine Geology

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Jason Peers

Marinas Guardian


Stephen Oliver

Manager Documentaries ABC

The panel sessions are designed to focus on innovation and bold leadership in key sectors to find solutions. Our Youth Jury, made up of young leaders, will be questioning and challenging the issues raised.
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Australia has the third largest ocean exclusive economic zone on the planet, with an enormous opportunity to participate in the projected $100 trillion ocean economy.  The Taskforce for Nature-related financial disclosure (TNFD) is releasing its framework this year that will drive nature-positive investment across business and industries. Our Nature Investing panel will delve into this incredible and timely opportunity for nature-positive outcomes for our ocean. 
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Chair: Jas Chambers

Ocean Decade Australia

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Nicky Landsbergen


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Blair Palese


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Thomas Schroeder

South Pole

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Dr Melissa Walsh

Minderoo Foundation


Chair: Heera Ananda 

 Brand Tomorrow 

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Julie Hutchinson  

Volvo Car Australia


Richie Vandenberg  

 The Hidden Sea


Belinda Baggs      

Patagonia Surf Ambassador

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Kiefer Casamore

TBWA Sustain


Our beautiful blue ocean covers 70% of our planet and supports an abundance of life. Brands can be serious and substantial partners in genuinely bringing attention and action for the ocean through storytelling, emotional engagement and best practice. Our panel explores the power of blue in their own brands.


The Youth Jury will challenge issues raised by each panel, and express their views on future actions required.
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Sophia Skarparis

Plastic Free Sophia

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Sophie Way

Ocean Youth Ambassador

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Molly Owen

Power to the future program participant


Kal Glanznig

Youth representative at the UN Climate Conference


Hear from three Sydney-based startup founders working on innovative solutions to improve ocean health.
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Chair: Tim Silverwood

Co-founder of Ocean Impact Organisation

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Tom Loefler

Co-founder of Hullbot


Angus Hudson

Founder of Slurrytub


Kimberly Bolton

Co-founder of Carapac

Why come along?

  As a hothouse for new ideas and creative solutions, the summit puts a spotlight on innovations and activities that bring hope for the ocean through real solutions and practical change, challenging businesses to put a blue focus on their impacts.

Come along to explore and understand the value in the blue sustainability space, meet and make valuable connections and discover new opportunities to partner and collaborate.

Feature event of the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival


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