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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!

Workshops registrations closes and late registration begins August 01, 2014

The hotel room block is now closed.  However, if you are in need of lodging, please contact the AAUS office.
Connect with those looking to share a room at http://2014aausmeeting.freeforums.net/thread/2/2014-aaus-share-bulletin-board
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!
Organizational Member Poster Night
We will be again celebrating achievements of scientific diving programs in the form of an OM poster night. Join your colleagues in this event and take part in the celebration of scientific diving programs and the advancement of underwater science. This is a great opportunity for AAUS organizations, new and old, to showcase their programs and see what is happening at other organizations.  Any organization that is not attending the meeting can contact the AAUS office and we will display your poster for you.  If you particpated in this event in the past, we would encourage you to particpate again!  All participants should submit an electronic copy of their poster to AAUS by September 01.  A poster template has been provided as a guide for those choosing to use it.
American Academy of Underwater Sciences  
Scientific Diving Symposium
University of Alaska, Southeast
Sitka, Alaska
Tuesday 9 September - Saturday 13 September

Registration Fee:  $295 ($50 late fee after 8/1/14)
Symposium Presenters: $275
Student Registration (does not include banquet):  $195

Deadline to register for workshops: 8/1/14


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

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

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

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)

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:00am - 12:00pm    Half day boat dive ($85)

1:00pm-5:00pm        Science Program

7:00pm-9:00pm        AAUS Bubblebreaker and 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 


Post Symposium Field Trip - September 14-17, 2014 ($350)

Kasitsna Bay Lab
This field trip will provide participants with cold water diving experience in Kachemak Bay Alaska, including kelp forests, urchin barrens, pinnacles and much more! Dry-suit training will be provided for those with no experience. Package includes 2 full days of diving (tanks and weights provided), 3 nights accomodations (bunk-style) and all meals while at lab. Participants will need to arrange for own transportation to and from the lab and will need to provide an AAUS letter of reciprocity.  Please see the details on the registration page for more information.

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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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