Smithsonian Institution Office of the Under Secretary for Science
Research and Discoveries:The Revolution of Science through Scuba
Science Diving Symposium










The Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council announce a symposium in May 2010 to celebrate the scientific contributions and value of scuba as research methodology.

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The symposium will present research findings by U.S. scholars and international collaborators with particular focus on the scientific contributions accomplished by placing the trained scientific eye into the underwater environment on self-contained compressed gas. This symposium is the first major effort to highlight and validate the use of scuba as research methodology.

The symposium is scheduled for May 24 and 25, 2010 at Smithsonian’s Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. The two-day event will feature over 50 oral presentations and a formal reception at the Sant Ocean Hall. The expected audience includes research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and research staff, students, program managers and representatives from federal agencies, congressional staff, news media and the general public.

50 scholars will discuss their papers on research findings from around the world on coral reefs, blue-water environments, under-ice polar habitats, temperate kelp forests and other sites of interest.

Results will be disseminated to scholars and the public through publication of the symposium proceedings volume in the Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences series by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Web sites, and the news media.

Symposium Co-Chairs: Michael Lang, Roberta Marinelli, Susan Roberts and Phillip Taylor.

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