Ocean Energy Europe is the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. 115 organisations, including Europe’s leading utilities, industrialists and research institutes, trust Ocean Energy Europe to represent the interests of Europe's ocean energy sector.Ocean Energy Europe’s mission is to create a strong environment for the development of ocean energy, improve access to funding and enhance business opportunities for its members. To achieve this, we engage with the European Commission, Council, Parliament, European Investment Bank, and national ministries on all dossiers affecting the sector, such as energy, climate, finance, grids and consenting.The results are undeniable: in the past four years the sector’s profile has increased significantly, and the EU has emerged as a major driver. For example, Horizon 2020 allocated €62M to the sector in 2014-2015 only, more than in the entire 7 years before.Ocean Energy Europe also organises the annual Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition. This event has quickly emerged as the industry’s leading annual event and gathers industry CEOs and senior staff, as well as European ministers every year. With previous events taking place in Edinburgh (2013), Paris (2014), Dublin (2015) and Brussels (2016), the Ocean Energy Europe 2017 Conference & Exhibition will take place in Nantes, France on 25-26 October.Ocean Energy Europe also coordinates strategically important projects to the sector such as SI Ocean and TP Ocean - the Technology & Innovation Platform for Ocean Energy. Founded by OEE in 2013, TP Ocean is officially recognised as an advisory body to the European Commission and defines technology priorities to be funded by research programmes such as Horizon 2020.