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President's Slate


March 2020

Last October, the AAUS National DSO Meeting and Annual Symposium in Vancouver in partnership with the Canadian Association for Underwater Science and the Vancouver Aquarium had the highest attendance of any annual meeting we’ve ever had and was another great opportunity to continue collaborating with our international partner organizations. Normally by now, the dust would have settled from the previous meeting and the AAUS office would already be in full swing preparing for our next meeting in Fall. But with the recent switch to a Spring meeting, the Board has just this past weekend decided on a host OM for 2021 (stay tuned for the official announcement!). Many of our organizations aren’t able to host in one or the other times during the year due to everything from training, logistical, and weather considerations, which is why it makes sense every decade or so to make this move.

I’d like to take this time to ask every representative of our Organizational Members to consider hosting our annual meeting in the coming years. Even if you don’t imagine it is possible for your program to apply to host for a few years, now is the time to talk to your administrators and program staff to plant the seeds. It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to pull off a successful multi-day event like this, but the reward is well worth the effort. I speak from experience as I have co-hosted two meetings, offered workshops as an instructor, given science and operations talks at the symposium, and driven meeting attendees in vans alongside volunteers giving their time to support the advancement of underwater sciences. Facilitating this gathering of the world’s finest diving professionals is one of the most important functions AAUS can provide its members. And while there’s been no official vote yet, Crispin Middleton and I were at the Vancouver Canucks game in October and hatched a plan for Auckland 2025. I hope you all like rugby!

Derek Smith
University of Washington