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 AAUS 2014 Diving For Science Symposium

The 2014 AAUS Symposium will be hosted by University of Alaska, Fairbanks and will be held September 9-13, 2014 in Sitka, AK. The week will be filled with workshops ranging from PSI and DAN courses to Abalone and kelp stones and a DUI demo day. There will be opportunities for both shore and boat diving as well as social and networking events.  We will wrap up the week with the national DSO meeting, a two day science symposium and annual awards banquet.  We encourage you to join us for this meeting and be an active part of your Academy!

The symposium schedule and registration information will be available by the end of March.  However we are calling for abstracts to be submitted now!  All extended abstracts are due by May 30, 2014.  Abstracts should be submitted electronically by emailing them to aaus@disl.org with "symposium abstract" in the subject line.  You will be notified of your abstract's acceptance by June 06, 2014. Please see the author guidelines and link to an abstract template below.  Please contact the AAUS office (aaus@disl.org, 251-591-3775) with any questions or concerns.

Lodging is not included in the symposium registration.  There is an AAUS room block reserved at the Westmark Hotel in Sitka.  Reservations must be made by July 9, 2014 to take advantage of our group rate.  Rates are available from September 7-15, 2014.
AAUS Group Rate:
$116/night (includes resort fee) - single or double
$20/each additional person
Make a reservation by calling 1-800-544-0970 and reserve under the AAUS room block.
Alaska Airlines Discount
Alaska Airlines is offering a group discount for AAUS.  Our Discount Code is ECMV406To use our Discount Code, go online to http://www.alaskaair.com and input the Discount Code when searching for flights.  The discount will be applied to any flights meeting the contract parameters. By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules.  Discounts are available on flights occuring between September 06 - September 17, 2014 with no blackout dates. You may also use the Discount Code by calling Alaska Airlines Group Desk; however a $15.00 per person ticketing fee will apply.
If you take advantage of this airline discount, PLEASE contact the AAUS office.  We need to maintain a record of all tickets utilizing the discount!
American Academy of Underwater Sciences  
Scientific Diving Symposium
University of Alaska, Southeast
Sitka, Alaska
Tuesday 9 September - Saturday 13 September

Registration Fee:  $295
Symposium Presenters: $275
Student Registration (does not include banquet):  $195


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

8:00am-4:00pm    Drysuit Course ($375)

8:00am-4:00pm    DAN Instructor Qualification Course for DAN First Aid for Professional Divers ($650)

8:00am-4:00pm    Diver Thermal Protection Workshop ($150)

8:00am-4:00pm     Abalone Workshop ($185)

8:00am-4:00pm     Kelp Stone Flotation Workshop ($185)

8:30am-5:30pm     Visual Cylinder Inspection Course (VCI) ($350)

8:30am-5:30pm     AUP-Oceanic Repair Work ($150)

1:00pm-4:00pm     Shore based Diving Opportunity

5:00pm-7:00pm     VCI Update ($95)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8:00am-4:00pm      AAUS New DSO Orientation ($100)

8:00am-4:00pm      Geoduck Sampling Workshop ($185)

9:00am-12:00pm    Valve Repair Technician ($195)

8:00am-4:00pm      Sitka Sound Islet Dive Tour ($200)

1:00pm-4:00pm      Shore based Diving Opportunity

2:30pm-5:30pm      Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Course ($195)

4:00pm-8:00pm      Community Night at Baranof Island Brewery

Thursday, September 11, 2014

8:00am-4:00pm        AAUS Business Mtg and National DSO Meeting ($70)

8:00am-4:00pm        Sitka Sounds Islet Dive Tour ($200)

1:00pm-4:00pm       Shore based Diving Opportunity

6:30pm-9:30pm        AAUS Foundation's Bubble Breaker Fundraiser - Casino Night ($30)

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:00am-5:00pm        Science Program

7:00pm-9:00pm        Poster Session - Sitka Sound Science Center

Saturday, September 13, 2014

8:00am-5:00pm        Science Program
7:00pm-10:00pm      Annual Awards Banquet - Centennial Hall 


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Author Guidelines

American Academy of Underwater Sciences 2014


Extended abstracts appropriate for the 2014 AAUS symposium can be submitted electronically to aaus@disl.org until May 30. Please put "2014 AAUS symposium abstract - name" followed by your name in the message line to facilitate tracking.

The minimum manuscript obligation is an extended abstract consisting of 800-1200 word text plus abstract and references. Note: longer manuscripts can be submitted if authors prefer.

Notification on the disposition of submitted extended abstracts will be returned to the first author electronically by June 06. The deadline for final manuscript submission is July 1 to allow the published proceedings will be available at the fall meeting. No presentation will be allowed unless the final extended abstract or manuscript has been cleared for publication in the proceedings. Please contact Ginny Eckert (gleckert@alaska.edu) for more information.

Extended abstracts and longer manuscripts MUST use the template, which includes formatting instructions.  Simply replace your text in the appropriate locations for correct formatting.


*Note to AAUS Symposium Speakers* -

How do you make your talk interesting to a WIDE AAUS audience?  The AAUS science symposium is attended by scientists, dive officers, and dive safety professionals. Presentations span topics from pure science that uses diving and diving safety, to diving techniques. The common theme is that the work reported on uses scientific diving for the advancement of the science. The speakers should try to make their talks relevant to a broad range of interests. By including some details about the diving techniques related to their studies and some of the challenges and successes, and not just the results of using diving will make their talks more enjoyable to the audience.

Things that work well are:

  • Telling a story about your research.
  •  Include map of the area of the research and pictures of the environment you worked in.
  • Description of your methods & utilization of diving for your research.
  • Keeping data slides simple so everyone can understand them.



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