The 2019 AAUS Diving for Science Symposium is a week away. Our co-hosts, Jeremy Heywood [Vancouver Aquarium/CAUS] and Simon Fraser University have lined up an incredible venue in Vancouver BC, and Heather has pulled together another great itinerary! As you may have noticed, the Symposium is a day shorter this year but there are still many opportunities to network with colleagues and catch-up with old friends. In addition to several continuing education workshops, including the AAUS New DSO Orientation, there are also opportunities to dive in the lovely waters of British Columbia. If you are interested in enrolling in any of these activities, please contact the AAUS office ASAP as space is limited (email@example.com).
The Annual AAUS Business/DSO Meeting will be held on Thursday (October 10th) from 9 to noonish. Agenda items include the committee reports, a review of changes to the Bylaws and the Elections Cycle, an update on the Logging Program, a report on the Business Plan, and a discussion on meetings in 2020/21. If there are any topics you would like to add to the agenda, please forward your request to the AAUS office ASAP.
Following the Business/DSO Meeting, we will meet with our sister organization, the CAUS, to initiate discussions and plans for international reciprocity and affiliate memberships. This timely dialogue will include a roundtable with leadership from several international scientific diving organizations addressing differences between countries relative to standards and the “grey areas”, as well as a Q&A session. And if you still want to discuss/debate this important issue, we’ll move to the Bubble Breaker/Poster Session at the beautiful Vancouver Aquarium!
The Science Symposium will be presented on Friday from 9-5, and will include 21 talks from DSOs, diving scientists, and student members. The meeting will conclude with the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday night at the Vancouver Aquarium.
I look forward to seeing you all in Vancouver, and to discussing any issues face to face!
University of Mississippi