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 AAUS 2015 Diving For Science Symposium

The 2015 AAUS Symposium  will be held September 28- October 3, 2015 in Key West, FL. The week will be filled with workshops ranging from PSI and DAN courses to Reef Check and Lionfish.  There will be opportunities for diving the Vandenberg and Aquarius, 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!


Please note that the room block at the Marriott Beachside closes August 31st.  Additionally, registrations completed AFTER August 31st will incur a late fee!  

Details on each event,lodging and more can be found on the symposium regsitration website.


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Pre-Symposium Events 

Monday, September 28, 2015
Aquarius Undersea Laboratory Habitat Orientation Dive  (Full with a waiting list)
Monday, September 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Islamorada, FL
Symposium Events
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
VCI Update  
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott
Reef Check Workshop  
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott/Boat Dives
USS Vandenberg - Spree  
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: M/V Spree
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
AAUS New DSO Orientation  
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott
Invasive Lionfish Collecting and Handling Workshop 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott/Boat Dives
Thursday, October 01, 2015
AAUS Business and National DSO Meeting  
Thursday, October 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: San Carlos Auditorium/ Shore Dive
USS Vandenberg - Southpoint Divers 
Thursday, October 01, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Southpoint Divers
Friday, October 02, 2015

All day science session to be held at San Carlos Auditorium
Reception and AAUS Foundation Bubblebreaker 
Friday, October 02, 2015 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Marriott Key West Beachside
Saturday, October 03, 2015

All day science session to be held at San Carlos Auditorium
2015 Annual Awards Banquet
Please join us for our symposium and annual AAUS awards banquet!  If you are registered as a Full Symposium - Attendee or Full Symposium - Presenter, your banquet ticket is included; please purchase a companion ticket if you would like to bring a guest.  If you are a Student or DSO-Meeting Only participant, and you would like to attend the banquet, you will need to purchase a companion ticket for yourself using the option below.
**Dinner and cash bar.  Walking distance from Marriott, transportation not provided.
Post Symposium Events
Monday, October 05, 2015
Aquarius Undersea Laboratory Habitat Orientation Dive  
Monday, October 05, 2015 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Islamorada, FL
USS Vandenberg -Southpoint Divers 
Monday, October 05, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
Location: Southpoint Divers
NPS Field Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park  (Full with a waiting list)
Monday, October 05, 2015 - Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Location: M/V Fort Jefferson


Call for Abstracts and Author Guidelines

AAUS is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 AAUS Diving for Science symposium.  This year AAUS will accept short abstracts (less than 800 words), extended abstracts (800-1200 words) or full manuscripts. Abstracts should be submitted electronically to aaus@disl.org by June 15, 2015. Please put "2015 AAUS symposium abstract" followed by  your name in the message line to facilitate tracking.

Notification on the disposition of submitted abstracts will be returned to the first author electronically by June 22. The deadline for final abstract/manuscript submission is July 15 to allow the published proceedings to be available at the fall meeting. No presentation will be allowed unless the final abstract or manuscript has been cleared for publication in the proceedings. Please contact the AAUS office  for more information.

All submissions MUST use the template, which includes formatting instructions.  Simply replace your text in the appropriate locations for correct formatting.  You can find the template in the resource library at www.aaus.org in the symposium proceedings folder or at the links below:

Short Abstracts

Extended Abstracts and Manuscripts 


*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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