Formally: Associazione Italiana Operatori Scientifici Subacquei, AIOSS

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3rd International Symposium on

Occupational Scientific Diving



09-12 November, 2011 - Porto Cesareo, Lecce (Italy)


Organised by Italian Association for Scientific Divers (AIOSS), the Italian member of the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESF MB ESDP), in collaboration with Federation of Underwater Archaeologist (FAS), with the patronage of the Porto Cesareo MPA, Puglia Region and Tourism Promotion Agency of Lecce. 


Symposium Themes


Symposium organisers welcome oral presentations and posters on all fields of scientific diving research and training (science, maritime archaeology, scientific engineering, etc.). Special emphasis is on methods, techniques, and instrumentation in actual underwater fieldwork. In addition to scientific presentations, we encourage you to submit presentations of scientific diving methods, projects characterized by an important contribution of scientific diving, the role of Scientific Divers in MPAs management, etc.


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Resoconto in Italiano


Topics of the oral sessions

Biology and ecology: Scientific diving techniques to experimentally approach bio-ecological processes

Aquatic biologists and ecologists are concerned about very different types of researches. Some study areas are based on high observational skills and on descriptive/mensurative approaches; some require manipulative experiments to define cause/effect relationships at a broad range of biotic organisations and environmental interactions. This session will focus on the latter approach, where scientific diving represents often the solely, way to carry out such studies.

Geology: Scientific diving as tool in remote or difficult places

Scientific diving techniques represent an important research tool for geologist when surface or remote systems are not applicable or reliable. Coastal environments, lakes, caves are just a few examples of areas where scientific diving can be used. This session welcomes presentations of underwater studies where scientific diving represents a valuable way of data collection and survey, especially in otherwise inaccessible places.

Innovation & Technology: New technology in underwater science

The progress in every field of the underwater sciences requires advances in diver techniques that can extend time and depth of surveys and improve health & safety of the scientific divers. At the same time the new technology provides better and innovative instruments. All of that can increase the range of research activities which can be performed underwater.

Archaeology: Maritime archaeology and coastal landscape

The repertoire of the archaeological evidences, which are currently underwater due to the variations of sea level, is quite large. When they are used with a precise methodological approach, some artefacts today submerged can be significant markers of sea level changes and can give us interesting details to support the reconstruction of both the ancient coastal lines and the patterns of the coastal settlement. This session aims to focus interdisciplinary research works in the perspective of the geoarchaeology or human ecology: “an integrated way of understanding humans in dynamic landscapes” (Barker & Bintcliff, 1999).

Round tables

  • European Scientific Diver: legislation and safety

  • Appropriate training path for scientific divers focusing on the worldwide available working scenario  






The conference will take place at the hotel complex “Isola lo scoglio”, Porto Cesareo, Lecce, Italy ( 

Hotel Lo Scoglio quality and tradition are acknowledged by some of the most important international travel guides such as Michelin Guide and Le Guide du Routard.

The hotel is built in Mediterranean style and has 45 rooms some of which are placed in the garden and near our private shore. All rooms have private bathroom with hair-dryer, satellite TV, air conditioning, minibar, and central heating.

The private shore is equipped with beach-umbrellas and mattresses.

Travel info

The Hotel Lo Scoglio is located in Porto Cesareo, at about 20 km from Lecce . Lecce is easily achievable by highway and train from everywhere. The nearest airport is located in Brindisi (about 35 km north from Lecce ), which is connected with the Airport City Terminal in Lecce by bus. However, there will be transportation services for attendants, either from the airport, or from Lecce (airport city terminal, train station) to the Hotel and back.

Brindisi Airport (Italian web site)

Ryanair (Brindisi is connected to Barcellona (Girona), Bologna, Bruxelles (Charleroi), Cuneo, Eindhoven, London (Stansted), Milan (Bergamo), Paris (Beauvais), Pisa, Rome (Ciampino), Stockholm (Skavsta), Turin, Venice (Treviso), Venice (M. Polo), Verona

Train (Italian & English web site)

Contact information


The official symposium website is:


Scientific secretariat (Closed September 1 to 28)

AIOSS c/o CIRSA, Università di Bologna

Via S. Albero 163, 48123 Ravenna (Italy)

Tel.+39 0544 937400 (office hours)

Fax: +39 0544 937411


Registration enquiries:


Symposium secretariat (Closed August 10 to 31)

Antheus s.r.l. c/o Di.S.Te.B.A

Università del Salento

Ecotekne, Via Monteroni 73100 Lecce ( Italy )

Tel/Fax +39 0832298803 (office hours)



Scientific committee

Massimo Ponti, University of Bologna, Italy

Carlo Cerrano, University of Genova, Italy

Antonio Terlizzi, University of Salento, Italy

Giorgio Caramanna, The University of Nottingham, UK

Rita Auriemma, University of Salento, Italy

Carlo Beltrame, University of Venice, Italy

Roberto Palozzi, University of Tuscia, Italy

Stefano Acunto, International School for Scientific Diving, Italy

Fabrizio Antonioli, ENEA, Italy












Arrivals (transfer)




Dive (optional)





















Local authorities and ESDP representative



Biology and ecology

Scientific diving techniques to experimentally approach bio-ecological processes



Coffee break




Biology and ecology

Scientific diving techniques to experimentally approach bio-ecological processes



Light lunch




Biology and ecology

Scientific diving techniques to experimentally approach bio-ecological processes



Coffee break





Scientific diving as tool in remote or difficult places



Round Table 1

European Scientific Diver: legislation and safety



Social Dinner












Innovation & Technology

New Technology in Underwater Science



Coffee break




Poster session

and ITN ESDTN internal meeting



Light lunch





Maritime archaeology and coastal landscape



Coffee break





Maritime archaeology and coastal landscape



Round Table 2

Appropriate training path for scientific divers focusing on the worldwide available working scenario















Dive (optional)




Departures (transfer)



Downloadable detailed program




Directions for authors for abstract submission



Symposium language is English. Please prepare your abstract according to the format in the Microsoft Word template taking care to keep within the 250 words limit for the body of your abstract. Submit the abstract by e-mail to prior to the deadline 1st July 2011.


You will receive an email containing a letter with committee decision by 15th July 2011.


Formatting guidelines

Symposium language is English. Oral presentations are not required to follow strict scientific guidelines, and may be in form of image slideshows, video, etc.

·         Powerpoint (up to 2003), PDF up to 1024x768 pixel (XGA)

·         video file formats: WMV, AVI (please inform us about the codec you used), MOV

·         file size up 50MB (exemptions for presentations with embedded movies)

·         time 10 mins & 5 mins discussion, altogether 15 mins.

Posters should be format portrait up to A0 (max width 841 mm * height 1189 mm )



Conference proceedings


A limited number of selected papers may be published in a special issue (July, 2012) of Underwater Technology, the peer-reviewed International Journal of the Society for Underwater Technology ( The objectives of the journal are to inform and acquaint the Society's members and other readers with current views and new developments in the broad areas of underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering. The SUT's interests and the scope of the journal are interdisciplinary, covering technological aspects and applications of topics including: diving technology and physiology, environmental forces, geology/geotechnics, marine pollution, marine renewable energies, marine resources, oceanography, underwater archaeology.

Please note that submitted manuscripts must adhere to aims and objectives as well style and layout of the journal, as outlined in the Guidelines for Journal Contributors, and pass a formal peer-review process. Submission dead line 20th January 2012.




Link to previous edition: ISOSD2009


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