In person event on 9 - 12 November 2023, Xiamen, China

An international event of the UN Ocean Decade Digital Twins of the Ocean Programme (DITTO), the G7 Ocean Decade Navigation Plan, and the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative. Hosted by the UK Government.


The Digital Twin Ocean Summit is an international meeting led by the DITTO programme, supported by the G7 FSOI, and is a contribution of the UK government to the G7 Ocean Decade Navigation Plan. The ambition of this meeting is to (i) advance community understanding of Digital Twins, their applications and benefits, (ii) bring together the users and developers to learn how digital twins may benefit society, (iii) share knowledge about Digital Twins and best practice, (iv) and support concrete actions and articulate future plans to achieve a Digital Twin Framework. The summit will have at its core a 2-day in-person meeting hosted by the UK Government and will be accompanied by many virtual satellite events happening over several days coordinated by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany. The plenary sessions of the Summit will be live-streamed and recorded. This summit will bring together the multi-stakeholder community and potential users, providers and developers of digital ocean initiatives from a range of scientific and societal sectors to explore the various components required to achieve a fully operational Digital Twin Framework of the Ocean by 2030.

DITTO – Digital Twins of the Ocean Programme in the Ocean Decade
Digital twins are virtual representations of physical ‘real’ objects and systems which have been widely applied in the engineering realm for tasks such as engine optimization and port management. The Vision of the Digital Twins of the Ocean (DITTO) Programme is a world where digital twins are used to support ocean science, ocean protection, ocean governance and a sustainable ocean economy.


The Mission of DITTO is to develop and share a common understanding of digital twins of the ocean, to establish best practice in their development, and to advance a digital framework to empower ocean professionals from all sectors around the world to effectively use digital twins.

DITTO will promote co-design of twins with targeted end users, raise awareness of their uses and applications, and demonstrate their potential for decision making across multiple sectors including ocean governance. Learn about our definition of digital twins of the ocean.

Steering Group
Satellite Events on Digital Twins of the ocean

The steering group will briefly review your events in a meeting every two weeks. We want to encourage your creativity and have very limited constraints – the steering group needs to ensure, that your topic of the event is related to digital twins of the ocean and open for others to participate. There is no final deadline to register an event.

  • Colin Devey, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Jorn Schmidt, ICES, Germany
  • Nadia Pinardi, U. Bologna, Italy 
  • Marjolaine Krug, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa
  • Monica Muelbert, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil 
  • Jing Li, CLIVAR, China, Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP)
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Germany, Co-Chair 
  • Ann-Christine Zinkann, NOAA, USA

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