ESDP: European Scientific Diving Panel

The European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) acts as an operational platform to advance underwater scientific excellence and to promote and implement a practical support framework for scientific diving related activities.

Diving is a highly-productive, cost-effective research tool that supports underwater research through efficient and targeted sampling, quantitative survey, quantitative observation, making in situ measurement, undertaking impact studies, performing ecological analyses, evaluating new techniques, mapping underwater areas, profiling subtidal geology/geochemistry, and accurate deployment/retrieval of underwater apparatus.
ESDP is a panel of the European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations LINK
The aims of the ESDP are to maintain and further develop a framework on which competencies for scientific diving recognised in different Member States under different training routes and differing levels of national legislation can be translated easily and effectively in order to facilitate greater participation by scientists in diving-based pan-European research programmes while continuing to advance collectively the available underwater techniques and technologies.
- encouraging international mobility in the European scientific diving community
- promoting safety in scientific diving across Europe
- advancing underwater scientific excellence in Europe

ESDP documents
ESDP meeting minutes
ESDP presentations

ESDP database for the recognition of national licences for scientific diving in European countries

ESDP/[COST meeting Strenthening synergy and excellence in diving supported science across Europe, 27-28 Sptember 2010, Brussels, BE

ESDP meetings

The ESDP normally meets twice a year. Additional meetings, if required, may be proposed by the Chair.
The two core meetings take place at approximately 6 month intervals in the following format:
-  The Spring meeting (February/March) can be open to the full membership and associated countries/interested parties, with a stronger scientific focus and ideally hosted by an emerging member.
-  The Autumn meeting (October/November) is focused more on core activities and strategic actions of the Panel.

Next face-to-face meeting will be held in Paris, 12 rue Buffon (Laboratoire de Cryptogamie of the National Museum of Natural History), from 10:00 to 16:30 on the 25th October 2019

List of the meetings since October 2008

Pages of the national SD committees

Click here for Membership definitions

Belgium (statutory member)
Bulgaria (member)
Croatia (member)
Finland (statutory member)
France (statutory member)
Germany (statutory member)
Greece (candidate member)
Italy (member)
Norway (member)
Poland (member)
Portugal (member)
Slovenia (candidate member)
Sweden (statutory member)
United Kingdom(statutory member)

How to dive as a visitor scientist in the European countries ?
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Monday 13 May 2019
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German, Swedish, Finnish-Joint training course 2019

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Wednesday 16 January 2019
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ESDP list of discussion - Charter of use

ESDP list of discussion - Charter of use - Updated January 16, 2019 PDF
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Thursday 10 January 2019
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL


Terms of Reference Marsnetwok - European Scientific Diving Panel
1. Background The European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) was first constituted as the European Scientific Diving Committee in (...)

Sunday 2 December 2018
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Presentation of ESDP to the MARS network directors

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Tuesday 7 August 2018
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

ESDP minutes

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20 04/05/2018 Stockholm SE (...)











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