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Want to Host?

The call to host ICOE 2026 is now open. 

The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) is a global ocean energy event focused on the industrial development of renewable ocean energy. Held every two years, the goal of the conference and exhibition is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts.

ICOE brings together hundreds of people from across the sector, including politicians, senior decision-makers and key industrial players. 

The event is organised by a host country team, expected to engage with the full geography of the developing world of ocean energy. The delivery team can be a national/regional energy agency or association and/or government energy development agency.

In addition to the conference (with plenary and parallel sessions), the event should include a trade exhibition to strength the industrial approach and a poster session to attract researchers and young professionals. The event can additionally include side events such as technical visits, social activities and workshops. 

The IEA-OES will lead the competitive process to select the host country team. 

How to Apply:

Applicants to host an ICOE event should send an Expression of Interest to the OES, including the following information: 

  • An overall explanation on why the organization/entity wants to host ICOE. It should also include the organization’s understanding of the role and concept of ICOE and how that relates to the potential host’s mission and offerings;
  • Proposed conference dates;
  • Description of the proposed Conference venue and available conference facilities;
  • Description of previous experience in the organization of international events;
  • Management and administrative mechanisms which the host will put in place for the preparation and hosting of the conference;
  • Outline of the staffing and support personnel available during the event;
  • Description of side activities such as conference reception, gala dinner, and potential ties with other relevant events, including technical visits and workshops;
  • An outline budget for the conference (applicants should assume complete financial responsibility for the offering);
  • Any other information that the applicants consider will support their competitive bid;
  • Contact information for the administrator(s) serving as the lead person(s) on the conference.
The proposal should be endorsed by the country delegate or should be accompanied with a support letter from the national government.

If the event application pertains to a European location: To avoid the overlap between ICOE and the Annual Conference of Ocean Energy Europe (OEE), both of which share a similar focus and audience, we encourage European candidates applying to host ICOE 2026 to actively seek collaboration and partnership with OEE.

Deadline to submit applications:  30 April 2024
The OES is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the OES do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.