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Marine Design 2015

2 - 3 September, 2015, London, UK Registration Open

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Marine Design 2015 will return to provide a forum for reporting and discussing Marine Design practice and technical innovation, including Human Systems Integration. Marine Design is an holistic design process with a strong focus on the end users as well as stakeholders in the design process, based on the principles of Industrial Design. Effective Marine Design requires a multidisciplinary design team of Naval Architects, Industrial Designers, Human Factors specialists, Environmental Psychologists and Interior Designers. The start of the Marine Design process involves understanding the  personas and needs of the end user. The aim of Marine Design is to improve the aesthetics, human factors and functionality of a vessel or system, and its' marketability. Human Systems Integration provides a through-life, integrative framework with the potential both to enhance safety and increase performance while reducing through life costs.
Although the conference will have a focus on the superyacht, cruise and offshore sectors, it is recognized that cross-sectorial innovation is critical to the development of the Design-Driven Innovation process. Therefore the conference will explore innovative approaches from across all marine design sectors including the dialectic between luxury design in the superyacht and cruise sectors, and the utilitarian design approach of the offshore sector, while reflecting upon the needs of the end user. This will include themes around the concept of sustainable luxury, and the Transfer of Innovation (TOI) from the superyacht sector to the mainstream to support the expanding needs of the offshore wind farm industry to recruit and retain technicians who are more used to land based operations. This approach represents an opportunity for Marine Design to enhance the design meaning, user experience and provide innovative solutions, resulting in competitive advantage through product differentiation. The event is  supported by the European Boat Design Innovation Group (EBDIG), through the EBDIG-WFSV project.
The key papers of the conference will be published in a special edition of the International Journal of Marine Design (IJMD), Part C of the Transactions of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects. 
The conference will present technical papers on a number of aspects of Marine Design, including: 

  • Design Visualisation (including design methodologies, design practice, innovative concepts, design analysis tools, Computer Aided Design), TOI (Transfer of Innovation) from other industry sectors).
  • Human System Integration (including HFE (Human Factors Engineering), Maritime Security, UCD (User Centred Design) methodologies, Emotional Design methodologies, Empathic Design methodologies, 'Aging in      Place', TOI (Transfer of Innovation) from other industry sectors).
  • Sustainability in construction (including one-off construction and series production issues, facility design, materials, joining technologies, reconstructions and rebuilds of historic craft, results of simulation).
  • Sustainability in operation (including, equipment, results of sea trials, results of instrumentation, results of simulation, TOI (Transfer of Innovation) from other industry sectors).
  • Implementation of regulations in the design process (including international, national, and regional regulatory frameworks, classification, codes of practice, rating rules).
  • Virtual work/learning environments (including, CPD for marine designers, networking opportunities for innovation and exchange, virtual work environments to facilitate multi-disciplinary, multinational teams).




Click here to download a copy of the Conference Brochure.

Full versions of each submitted abstract can be downloaded here.

Selected papers include:

  • DESIGN-DRIVEN INNOVATION: NEXT GENERATION WIND FARM MOTHERSHIP FOR THE NORTH SEA, Dario Boote, F Galleggioni and T Colaianni, DITEN, Genoa University, Genoa, IT, S McCartan and T Thompson, EBDIG-IRC, Coventry University, UK, F Iliopulos, Knud E Hansen A/S, DK, I McFarlane, Romica Engineering Ltd, UK, B Verheijden, Academy Minerva, Groningen, NL, C Anderberg and H Phalm, Chalmers University, SE
  • CATAMARAN YACHTS: STYLING TRENDS AND DESIGN PRACTICES, Albert Nazarov, A Jabtanom, A Leeprasert, T Phormtan, and P Suebyiw, Albatross Marine Design, THAILAND
  • A GUIDE FOR DESIGN-DRIVEN FIELD RESEARCH AT SEA, Sigrun Lurås, DNV GL/The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, NO
  • TURKISH MARITIME INDUSTRY, TODAY AND TOMORROW, Sezai Isık  and S Sernikli, Piri Reis University, Istanbul, TR
  • MODELLING PASSENGER SHIP EVACUATION FROM A PASSENGER PERSPECTIVE, Jonna Nevalainen and M Ahola, Department of Applied Mechanics, Aalto University, FI 

Registration and Payment

Registration Fee (Inc VAT) By 03/08/2015 After 03/08/2015
RINA members £380+VAT = £456 £440+VAT = £528
Non-members £440+VAT = £528 £500+VAT = £600
Concessions (retired/students, etc) £250+VAT = £300 £250+VAT = £300
Principcal Author £125+VAT = £150 £125+VAT = £150
Additional Author £380+VAT = £456 £380+VAT = £456

Register by 3rd August 2015 and save money - Early Bird Registration fees (Inc VAT)

The registration fee includes printed conference papers, lunch, refreshments, drinks reception, a CD-ROM of the papers and presentations after the conference, and VAT. The CD-ROM will be posted to the delegates about 10-12 weeks after the conference.

Additional copies of the conference papers or CD-ROM will also be available for sale ( members £110 and non-members £130) after the event. If you would like to order a copy , contact the Bookshop Assistant on +44 (0)20 7235 4622 or via e-mail at 

Registration and Payment methods

1: Register and pay online using a secure link

2: Register and to be sent invoice for payment via bank transfer or cheque

Payments must be made in sterling by Eurocheque, cheque drawn on a bank with a UK branch address or sterling bank transfer. Please note that RINA requires payment before the conference date.


Under UK Customs and Excise regulations delegates from all countries are required to pay VAT on any conference or course taking place in the UK. Delegates from outside the UK may be entitled to reclaim this cost.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing two weeks before the event takes place will be subject to an administration charge of £200+VAT. Cancellations received after this time cannot be accepted and are subject to the full event fee. Delegates may be substituted; however this must be sent in writing and confirmed with the Conference Co-ordinator. In the event of cancellation of the programme for any reason, our liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.

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The conference will be held at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) Headquarters, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA.



The  nearest Underground stations are Charing Cross and Embankment

Northumberland Street map

 Club Quarters

Club Quarters

Conference delegates may take advantage of the Institution’s membership of Club Quarters to stay at its Trafalgar Square Hotel, situated at 8 Northumberland Avenue ­ less than one minute’s walk from RINA Headquarters.

The Institution’s membership provides a fixed lowest rate of £159 per room which is always available to conference delegates, regardless of the varying higher rates throughout the year for non members.  An even lower rate is available only for conference delegates at weekends (Fri, Sat and Sun) and holidays (£69). 

Other benefits include access to the Club Living Room with complimentary refreshments, WiFi and unlimited chilled, purified bottled water, and a Rewards Programme offering a “Night on the House” after just one stay.

Conference delegates may find details of the facilities offered by Club Quarters Trafalgar Square or book online at  using the login “RINA” (without the quotes) on their first visit and selecting Trafalgar Square from the choice of hotels.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the lower rate at weekends, which is not shown online, should contact ClubQuarters at +44 (0)20 7451 5800

Delegates of past conferences who may be visiting London on business or pleasure may continue to use the Institution’s membership of ClubQuarters and enjoy the benefits.

Hotels Combined

The RINA conference department does not get involved with booking delegate accommodation, however, if you need any accommodation during your stay in London,, the worlds largest hotel price comparison website, is offering support to participants of this conference. An exclusive 10% rebate is given to hotels booked via their website for all attendees.

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Attendance at Marine Design Conference qualifies as Continuing Professional Development. Delegates to the conference will receive a CPD Certificate

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