The third Interspill gathering, Europe's premiere oil spill technology conference and exhibition, will be held in Trondheim, Norway on 14-17 June. The Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association (NOSCA), in collaboration with its British (BOSCA) and French (SYCOPOL) counterparts, will be arranging the event. Given the groups' revered standings in oil spill prevention and control on a global basis, Interspill 2004 is a must-attend show.
The Interspill conference and exhibition is a venue and forum for all people who share a professional relationship with the environmental issues connected to oil activities and pollution. Interspill 2004 will present recent advances in oil spill technology; give people from different companies, countries and associations the opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge; and focus on how to tackle challenges worldwide in the years to come. The Trondheim conference will also address potential conflicts between oil activities and local communities, along with fishing, aquaculture, and environmental authorities.
The majority of Interspill 2004 events will be based in the Trondheim Spektrum conference & exhibition centre. There will, however, also be on-the-water demonstrations and a social outing, including a concert at what many feel is the most beautiful church in all of Norway, and the location of the country's Crown Jewels - Nidaros Cathedral.
A History of Applicable Knowledge
Interspill is a conference and exhibition that aims to go above and beyond theoretical discussion. The focus here is on the delivery and exchange of practical and real-life information and dialogue with direct relevance to the main prevention and control issues of today. The most recent conference, in Brest, France, in 2002, concentrated on responses to high-density oil pollution, and dealt with the theme in a series of technical lectures. The lectures presented conclusions and lessons learned for every aspect of this topic, including the responses themselves, the impact on the environment, site remediation and waste processing, damage and response operations, and monitoring and research and development programmes following pollution.
Interspill 2004 will be the first international forum for discussions on and evaluation of the vast "Prestige" oil spill incident off the Spanish coast. Discussions of what went wrong and experiences from open sea operations and beach cleaning as a result of the accident are on the agenda in Trondheim. Additional areas of focus at the conference will include regional agreements and treaties (Bonn Agreement, Black Sea, etc.), oil spill contingency analysis and planning, and new technologies and trends (the usage of chemical dispersants, mechanical recovery equipment trends, remote sensing of oil slicks, and more).
Meet in Norway's First Capital
Trondheim, formerly Nidaros, is not only Norway's third-largest city (with 150,000 inhabitants), but also the former capital of the country. The city was founded by King Olav Tryggvason in 997. Though Trondheim has a long and well-documented history, it currently makes waves as the technology capital of Norway. Eighty percent of the country's civil engineers have been educated here, and it serves as the base for the prestigious SINTEF research foundation. A city of pleasant contrasts, Trondheim offers visitors all the cultural benefits of a large city combined with the charm and congeniality of a small town.
For further information on 2004's most important oil spill technology conference, please contact the event's organizer, NOSCA:
The Norwegian Centre for Marine Environment and Safety
PO Box 125
NO-3191 Horten, Norway
Tel: +47 33 03 48 25
Fax: +47 33 03 48 26