Explore how to leverage trends in ocean science and ocean development for the advancement of MRE and Blue Economy opportunities. What is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and how can the marine energy industry leverage this opportunity? Learn ways in which sustainable development goals inform national environmental and energy policies. This plenary will also delve into current trends in ocean science and sustainable ocean development the MRE community should be watching. Such areas include the offshore wind boom, need for additional offshore aquaculture and desalination as well as efforts to perform deeper ocean mapping.