Organizers said boatbuilding, design, and repair industry professionals who attend this year's International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference will have access to more than 70 sessions in the education program, which will offer everything from fundamental skills to cutting-edge advanced training.
The program will open with a series of industry-sponsored Super Sessions on Sept. 18. The IBEX Seminar Series and Tech Talk Workshops will be held during the show from Sept. 19-21 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.
Registration is now open with a new pricing policy. All of the seminars are $60 with a 10 percent discount if registered before Aug. 25. The Super Sessions will be priced separately, and all of the workshops in the Tech Talk Theater are free to all attendees.
The IBEX Seminar Series is offered in partnership with the show's education partners — Professional BoatBuilder, ABYC, NMEA, ABBRA and IBEX co-owner NMMA, and for the first time with the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, the Association of Marina Industries and Marina Dock Age magazine, which will create special branded seminars.
The IBEX Seminar Series is available in eight tracks: Design & Engineering; Composite Methods & Materials; Onboard Systems; Marine Electrical Systems; Manufacturing Management and Policy; Survey and Repair; Boatyard and Marina Operations; and new for 2017: IBEX Extras.
"Education is one of the top reasons marine professionals attend IBEX and we thank our education partners in helping us develop a one-of-a-kind program that will offer relevant industry content. There is something for everyone on your team," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"The IBEX education program offers three options to access information about new processes, technical information and product demos, including the free Tech Talk Workshops, our pre-conference Super Sessions and the technical IBEX Seminar Series."
For 2017 there will be a new track called IBEX Extras, which will include such seminars as "Don't Leave Your Profit on the Shop Floor" on repurposing materials and "Life Cycle and the Future of the Marine Industry," as well as "Lightweight Bionic Design."
Professional BoatBuilder magazine, the IBEX media education partner, will offer several seminars, and Nigel Calder and Steve D'Antonio will return this year as speakers.