2023 Maritime Symposium


The Annual Maritime Symposium is presented by Old Dominion University's Office of Maritime Initiatives with the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (ICAR), Maritime Industrial Base Ecosystem (MIBE), Digital Shipbuilding, and the International Maritime, Ports and Logistics Institute in partnership with the Virginia Maritime Association.

This Symposium will take place April 12 and 13, 2023 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC), located at 1030 University Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23435

Please find the agenda HERE.


Who Should Attend?

Industry Representatives, Government, and Academia

Container Shipping


Purpose of this event

Our Spring event will have engaging panel discussions with representation from the Hampton Roads maritime industry, government, and academia. Keynote speakers include representation from Newport News Shipbuilding, MARAD, the Port of Virginia, and more. A special cocktail hour and networking event will take place on the afternoon of April 12th.

The purpose of this event is to:

  • Build awareness of the need to develop climate resilience for waterfront industries and understand industry needs to implement resilient strategies

  • Spark planning for future maritime collaborations between ODU and government, industry, and academic stakeholders to grow the maritime pillar of Virginia’s economy

  • Profile the diversity of segments in the maritime enterprise

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Keynote Speaker

Jennifer Boykin is president of Newport News Shipbuilding and Executive Vice President of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Virginia.

Jennifer Boykin's Bio



Panel Information

Panel 1: Coastal Resilience

This panel 's purpose is to build awareness of the need to develop climate resilience for waterfront industries, and to discuss how shoreline facilities view risk factors related to climate resilience.

Panel 2: Future of the Maritime Industry

This panel will discuss important and emerging technologies and how they will impact the future, including: autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Panel 3: Supply Chain

This panel 's purpose is to discuss how to make the Supply Chain more resilient to disruption, and what resources are locally available to address key maritime segment needs.

Panel 4: Maritime Workforce

This panel will discuss current and future maritime workforce issues, what is being done to close the workforce gap, and what future skills are needed in the maritime industry. We will also cover how key maritime segments are aligned in addressing these workforce needs.

Panel 5: Cyber Security

This panel will discuss current issues within maritime cyber security, and risk mitigation.

Panel 6: Naval Maritime Enterprise

This panel will provide an indepth discussion on the strategic long view of where the Navy is headed in the Hampton Roads region.



Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Sponsor Opportunities are available for this event. All sponsors are encouraged to bring company banner, pamphlets, and swag for distribution.

Gold: $500 - Breakfast Sponsor. Logo on all Symposium materials, and signage during breakfast.

Silver: $1000 - Lunch Sponsor. Logo on all Symposium materials, signage during lunch, and special mention during lunch.

Platinum: $2000 - Networking Cocktail Hour Sponsor. Logo on all Symposium materials, signage during cocktail hour, and special mention during cocktail hour.

To register as a Sponsor, click on the box below.

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CoVA A&R project was funded in part by GO VIRGINIA, a state-funded initiative administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) that strengthens and diversifies Virginia's economy and fosters the creation of higher wage jobs in strategic industries.