MaREI researcher Gerard Dooly and PhD Student Luke Fitzgerald participated at Breaking the Surface workshop (funded researchers in CRIS, UL). The workshop was held in Biograd na Moru, Croatia, from 31st September to 5th October 2019. Dr Dooly gave an interesting presentation on the trials that the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (CRIS) team carried out in the Irish Sea, last January. The Breaking the Surface – BTS is an international interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications. Ever since 2009, it has served as a meeting place for international experts, university professors, scientists, industry representatives and students from various fields. For the last ten years, the event brought together the world’s renowned professionals and has encouraged interaction and the exchange of knowledge and experience.