Deeper Waters Require Deeper Insight

09.00-09.30 Registration
09.30-10.00 Ministerial Opening Address: Paul Wheelhouse MSP

A1: Our Opportunity in Floating Wind 

A tour d'horizon of floating wind in the UK and globally. What is the size of the prize and how close are we to realising this? Leading figures from industry and government present their overview of this important new renewable opportunity.

11.00-11.30 Coffee, exhibition & networking

A2: underway aThe Next Generation: Development Update on UK Projects

With Hywind Scotland nd proving floating wind in the UK, in this quick fire round we hear from UK projects on their current status and ambition.

12.45-14.00  Lunch, exhibition & networking

 A3: An International Industry: Our Global opportunity

The floating offshore wind sector is a global market being built out now. Hear from leading international players and partnerships about their plans and views for how we learn from different countries' early experiences and future plans.

15.00-15.30  Coffee, exhibition & networking

 A4: Cost Reduction and Floating Wind: How Quick and How Far?

To build a global industry we must be focused on bringing down the LCOE of floating offshore wind. This quick fire round of presentations will set out how critical parts of the supply chain are working to cut costs with information on early learning, expertise from other sector and future innovations that are under development.

17.00-19.00  Networking Reception & Connect event


Keynote Speaker

Paul Wheelhouse credit Scottish governmentPaul Wheelhouse MSP will be participating in the Keynote Session on the morning of 14 November.



Born in Belfast, Paul was raised in Edinburgh, attending Stewart's Melville College. He has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from University of Edinburgh. He has lived in Berwickshire since 2000.

‪Paul is a professional economist and, since 1992, had specialised in higher and further education markets, policy evaluation and economic appraisal and impact assessment of capital projects.‬

Between May 2011 and September 2012 Paul served on the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee, and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. And was the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy of the Scottish Government. Previously, between May 2011 and Feb 2012, Paul served as Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment and the Minister for Climate Change.

Prior to taking his Ministerial position Paul was a member of cross-party groups on Epilepsy, Rural Policy, Armed forces Veterans, Funerals and Bereavement, Boating and Marine Tourism and deputy convener of Sport.