ESDP: European Scientific Diving Panel

The European Scientific Diving Panel 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.
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 meeting will be held on the 26th November 2018 in heraklion

List of the meetings since October 2008

Pages of the national SD committees

Belgium (full member)
Bulgaria (associate member)
Croatia (associate member)
Finland (full member)
France (full member)
Germany (full member)
Greece (associate member)
Italy (full member)
Norway (full member)
Portugal (full member)
Sweden (full member)
United Kingdom(full member)

How to dive as a visitor scientist in the European countries ?
Draft document completed by [FR, BE, GR, SE, UK, IT, DE, NO]
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Friday 2 March 2018
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

International courses for scientific divers and future scientific divers, 2018

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Thursday 18 January 2018
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Friday 13 October 2017
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Wednesday 11 October 2017
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Navigating the Future IV - Position Paper

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Wednesday 11 October 2017
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Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research (Position Paper)

Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research
European Marine Board Position paper 23
May 2017


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