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Syamantak Bhattacharya
PhD, Dean at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering


Dr Syamantak Bhattacharya is Professor of Maritime Management and the Dean of Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University, UK. He has been affiliated to the University since 2016 during which time he has led a critical change management programme and an investment worth £43m including the building of the UK’s largest Maritime Simulation Centre which contributed to a significant development of the prestigious Warsash School. Prior to Solent, Syamantak was an Associate Professor in Plymouth University for over seven years where he taught under-graduate, post graduate and PhD students and started his academic research career. He has since published 12 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and was a leading contributor to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework submission. 

Syamantak’s academic career started with his doctoral study in Seafarers International Research Centre, Cardiff University conducted between 2004 and 2009. His thesis was title: The impact of the ISM Code in the management of occupational health and safety in the maritime industry. Prior to his move to Cardiff, Syamantak had an extensive experience as a practitioner having spent 15 years in the sector, two of which in Singapore as a Safety and Commercial Manager of a fleet of ships and another two years as the Master of large oil tankers on international trade.

Agenda Sessions

  • OXFORD-STYLE DEBATE| The introduction of automation in global transport will be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary which is why the focus of crewing should be on the human element, rather than digital competency