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

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The aims of the ESDP are to maintain and further develop a framework on which competencies for scientific diving [definition] 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.

List of the meetings since October 2008
(to the approved minutes)

Next meeting : Due to the covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are not possible. As day-long meetings by videoconference are not always as efficient a solution as desired, it was decided to hold shorter meetings at shorter intervals on a small number of agenda items. The next meeting via videoconference is scheduled for 20 January 2021 on the subject of ISO standardisation of ESD and ESDA standards.

Pages of the national SD committees

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

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Saturday 16 January 2021
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Welcome to dive for Science in Poland !

Legal status of scientific diving From July 2014 scientific diving, i.e. diving for research purposes organized by universities and research institutes; referred to in art. 1. paragraph 3 points (...)

Friday 4 December 2020
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Welcome to dive for Science in Belgium !

Dear Colleague,
In case you have to come with us in field work and operate scientific diving in the Belgian part of the North Sea, you are welcome to contact the Belgian Federal North Sea (...)

Friday 4 December 2020
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Welcome to dive for Science in Finland !

Legal status of scientific diving There is a professional examination for scientific diver that follows the standard for Advanced European Scientific Diver (AESD). Whether it is necessary to hold (...)

Friday 4 December 2020
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL

Welcome to dive for Science in Sweden !

Legal status of scientific diving In Sweden, scientific diving (SD) is classified as occupational diving. Any diving performed by an employee as part of their work classifies as occupational (...)


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