BY Anna Cummins on 30 Aug 2023

Back for its second edition, the Blue Water EduFest is organised by ONE°15 Marina and will be held in Singapore from 2–4 November 2023

The non-profit marine conservation conference Blue Water EduFest is returning for a second edition this November, following a successful inaugural event in 2022.

The three-day event, organised by ONE15 Events Management, takes place at Singapore’s ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove from 2 to 4 November 2023.

Blue Water EduFest is designed to bring together marine conservation stakeholders and offer a platform for them to take action and join in the critical mission to protect our oceans and coastlines in southeast Asia. Fabien Cousteau, who appeared in 2022 as a keynote speaker, is again providing a welcome speech this year on 2 November.

Blue Water EduFest

Blue Water EduFest 2023 will bring together policymakers, industry leaders, yacht owners, entrepreneurs, eco-visionaries, media influencers and ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about coastal and marine conservation.

This event is presented by Citi Private Bank, supported by Sentosa Development Corporation, in partnership with The International SeaKeepers Society. 

“By embracing the mindset of ‘leaving it to others’, we can never be a catalyst for change” – Arthur Tay

“At SUTL and ONE°15 Marina, the ocean lies at the very heart of our business and operations. We bear a profound responsibility to uphold the conservation of this precious marine ecosystem,” says Arthur Tay, CEO of SUTL Enterprise, the Singapore-based investment holding company that operates Blue Water EduFest.

“Through the second edition of Blue Water EduFest 2023, I would like to rally our business collaborators, stakeholders and the yachting community to unite and take action, to protect our oceans and coastlines for the well-being of future generations. By embracing the mindset of ‘leaving it to others’, we can never be a catalyst for change.” 

One15 marina

One 15 Marina

The event will encompass a two-day conference, The Ocean Collective Summit, organised in collaboration with The International SeaKeepers Society and The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Centre. Through several keynote speeches, panel discussions and fireside chats, esteemed international and regional speakers will highlight the importance of marine conservation and protection.

“We recognise a powerful synergy in fortifying ocean conservation initiatives through the conference. This gathering will unite changemakers, advocates, and collaborators, empowering our community in the region to drive impactful change for our oceans,” shared Mr Julian Chang, Board Member and President of The International SeaKeepers Society Asia.

A highlight of Blue Water EduFest 2023 is the Blue Water Heroes Awards on 3 November, powered by Tatler Gen.T, a gala dinner and ceremony dedicated to honouring young and passionate individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to marine preservation in southeast Asia. Winners from last year will present insightful accounts of their ongoing research and conservation work.

Blue Water EduFest Cover

Additionally, selected youths of the Antarctic Climate Expedition (ACE), organised by Ocean Geographic Society in February, will share their transformational experiences during the event. The expedition, spearheaded by Ocean Geographic founder Michael Aw and the oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle, comprised of selected everyday heroes around the world in their professional spheres, were on board a vessel named after Dr. Earle.

The event will culminate with a community beach clean-up on 4 November. Organisers say the Blue Water EduFest 2023 ‘will ignite the spirit of empowerment in the young and fearless eco-champions across southeast Asia and aims to push the boundaries of marine conservation.’

The event is open to the public. Ticket sales are available online now.

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