Oceans 2003 will be celebrating the centennial of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scripps is the first oceanographic research institute to reach this milestone and many people want to come to San Diego to commemorate this event. Oceans 2003 is the forum to do this. For the first time ever we have the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the American Society of Limnologists and Oceanographers (ASLO), The Oceanographic Society (TOS), the American Metrological Society (AMS), The American Fisheries Society (AFS), the Society for Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and others, joining MTS and IEEE in sponsoring the conference. Oceans 2003 promises to be much bigger than any past Oceans conference.