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London Tech Week 2022
13 - 15 June 2022
Queen Elizabeth Centre II

James Fishwick
Head of Smart Sound Plymouth at Plymouth Marine Laboratory


Dr James Fishwick is a highly regarded UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Senior Technologist/Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) where he is Head of Technology and Operations for the Western Channel Observatory (WCO). James also leads on driving technology to impact across the organization.

James heads up Smart Sound Plymouth, an academic and commercial consortium facilitating a 350 square mile, fully instrumented proving ground for innovative marine technologies; within the Marine Business Technology Centre, Plymouth of which PML is a delivery partner. He chairs the Future Autonomous at Sea Technologies (FAST – Southwest) cluster, a group of industry leading companies and organisations working towards the delivery of autonomous at sea solutions.

James is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and has gained chartered status as both a Marine Technologist and Scientist.

James started his career at PML as a Bio-Optical Oceanographer and participated in numerous field campaigns contributing to the calibration and validation of both NASA and ESA satellites. Whilst at PML he successfully completed a PhD at the University of Plymouth; investigating the biological and photo-physiological interactions between phytoplankton functional types. Prior to joining PML in August 2000 he studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Agenda Sessions

  • A new wave: Transforming our understanding of ocean health - The Mayflower Autonomous Ship