Every year, the European Conference on Scientific Diving (ECSD) provides an international platform for the community of European leaders in the field of scientific diving, early-stage researchers and students to present results from their most recent underwater research. Furthermore, the event serves as a platform to learn about and discuss newly developed technologies, safety issues, as well as institutional issues.
The ECSD in its current form was initiated in 2015 by the Marine Board European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP). The aim was to combine the “International Symposium on Occupational Scientific Diving (ISOSD)” and the international workshop “Research in Shallow Marine Water Systems” into one general annual meeting.
The first ECSD took place in Stuttgart, Germany, in 2015. The following conferences were hosted in Kristineberg, Sweden (2016), Funchal, Madeira/Portugal (2017), Orkney, Scotland/UK (2018), Sopot, Poland (2019), Freiberg, Germany (2021; video conference), respectively and in Roscoff, France (2023).. The 8th edition of the ECSD will take place in Heraklion at the island of Crete, Greece, 22-26 April 2024.