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Neil Gray MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy

Neil Gray was born and brought up in Orkney and was educated at Kirkwall Grammar School. He graduated from the University of Stirling in 2008 with a first-class Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in politics and journalism. He was elected to represent Airdrie and Shotts Constituency at the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.

He had previously won the Airdrie and Shotts Westminster seat in 2015 and held it on two subsequent occasions before resigning to stand for the same area in the 2021 Scottish Parliament election. Prior to becoming an MP, Mr Gray worked for former Scottish Government Health Secretary Alex Neil MSP as his Airdrie and Shotts constituency office manager.

Neil Gray was appointed Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development in January 2022. In March 2022 he additionally became Minister with special responsibility for Refugees from Ukraine.

Drinks Reception in the Exhibition

Arjen Kapteijns, Deputy Mayor of the Hague, will welcome OEE2023 attendees before we have a drink in the Exhibition hall to wind down and network after a busy first day.

Multi-use at the North Sea

In this side event, the latest insights will be shared on multi-use at the North Sea. As one of the busiest seas in the world, making efficient use of space is crucial to balance its various stakeholder needs. The solution is to combine renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and solar with multi-use innovations in multi-source offshore energy parks.

Join Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) and Campus@Sea to:

– hear all about combining renewables energy sources in offshore energy parks and the EU-SCORES project;

– discover how European offshore test site Campus@Sea in Scheveningen accelerates solutions for multi-use;

– discuss how we can accelerate the adoption and reduce the time to market of nature-inclusive, insurable and bankable multi-use innovations at sea together.

Site Visit

Sign up for this bus tour with the Dutch Energy From Water Association (EWA) to visit the facilities of prominent players in the Dutch ocean energy sector, including Symphony Wave Power, Slow Mill Wave Energy, RED-stack (Salinity Gradient) , and Fishflow Innovations (tidal turbines).

Starting from the conference venue, Amare, this excursion offers a unique opportunity for networking while enjoying the picturesque Dutch countryside.

Limited places available. 

Book your place

Conference Dinner

Join us for drinks and dinner: Network with your peers and colleaguescatch-up with old friends and make new connections! The OEE2023 Conference Dinner will be sponsored by DP Energy

Join us for drinks and an informal dinner in the wonderful and iconic De Pier, in Scheveningen, The Hague.  

Please note that the conference dinner is a ticketed event. If you have already registered for OEE2023, you can request to add the dinner by emailing here

Welcome Reception

Join the Ocean Energy Europe team and Dutch Energy from Water Association (EWA) as they welcome you to The Netherlands and the 10th anniversary edition of The Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition (OEE2023)! This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Dutch sector and other conference participants. Expect live jazz music, drinks, good company, and some special announcements.

Location: Pavlov, Spui 173, Den Haag. 18:00-20:00

Register here.

BlueInvest Thematic Workshop

This workshop will bring together entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the latest market and policy developments, innovations and investment opportunities in the blue renewable energy sector.

Join BlueInvest to:

– Discover high potential blue economy projects and emerging sustainable technologies in the blue renewable energy sector;

– Engage in targeted business matching and identify investment opportunities;

– Discuss pivotal topics to sustainable financing and the transition to a green blue economy.


Wave to Energy and Water (W2EW) Project Side Event

The joint vision of the Wave to Energy and Water consortium is to deliver a world-beating wave powered technology solution – W2EW. It relies on the innovative integration of wave energy and sea water desalination technologies, to produce zero-emission electricity and fresh water, with dynamic optimisation of energy production and maximising the available wave energy using fresh water as storage.

The consortium partners will share the results of the project and announce next steps to mature and commercialise the solution.

EuropeWave: On the path to commercialisation

EuropeWave is an innovative R&D programme for wave energy technology, combining almost €20 million of national, regional and EU funding to drive a competitive Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) programme. The first two phases of the EuropeWave PCP programme have been successfully completed. The next phase – the final phase – Phase 3 will focus on developing the scaled prototypes and testing them in a real operational environment in Scotland or the Basque Country.

This side event will feature the three projects selected to enter the final phase of the programme. These successful developers will showcase their project work, lessons learnt during Phase 2, and highlight their milestones to achieve in order to bring the innovative technologies closer to the commercial stage.

ETIP Ocean Side Event

ETIP Ocean has started the work to update the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) for ocean energy. The SRIA outlines the priority research, development and innovation challenges to encourage the commercialisation of ocean energy technologies. It provides guidance to EU and national funders by presenting concrete research and innovation actions that will allow ocean energy to meet its SET Plan targets.


Over the past months, the ETIP Ocean Technology Working Group has helped prioritise the research, development and innovation topics that will accelerate the development of ocean energy the most in the coming years. This side event will present the work done so far and gather input from the participants with a view to publishing an updated edition of the SRIA in 2024.