On October 20, the first World Maritime Conference was held at Shanghai
Maritime University. More than 400 experts and scholars from nearly 30
countries and regions attended this conference.
Prof. Huang Youfang,
President of SMU said that the conference is the most extensive academic
conference in the field of maritime in China. With the change of world trade
pattern and the application of artificial intelligence, unmanned driving and
other new technologies, the shipping industry faces both opportunities and
challenges. The successful holding of the World Maritime Conference in 2019
will surely make greater contributions to the sustainable development of the
world maritime and related fields.
Maskin of Harvard University and Dr. George Smoot of University of California delivered
speeches respectively. They first congratulated the inauguration of the first
World Maritime Conference. Then they said that the holding of the World Maritime Conference shows
the firm determination to build a high-level maritime university with global
influence. They believed that SMU will have more bright future.
Approved by China Association for Science and Technology, the conference
is jointly sponsored by China Institution of Navigation and SMU. The conference
concludes 13 forums and more than 100 keynote speeches, focusing on the topics
including World Maritime Economy Forum, Shipping and Management, Intelligent
Ship, Maritime Management, Maritime Law, Maritime Energy Management and so on.