The possibility of European Union funding for the Poole Tidal Energy Partnership lured Paul and I to a meeting at Southampton Solent University.
It was interesting to see how Southampton pitched themselves as the centre for commerce and research on all things to do with the sea, but we made some good contacts, both with those across the channel (the aim of the meeting), but also with some UK agencies that I had been meaning to contact for a while, and with other UK South Coastal people.
I had not before been involved in a conference which was translated real-time. Given the topics were fairly technical, and my rusty French, it was great to have someone deftly convert.
Whether we can get a collaboration going, and get funding is of course something we will have to work on