The project aims to support the development of blue and smart cross-sectoral skills to meet the evolving needs in the labor market of the Blue Economy. It will build strong long lasting collaborations and structures between academia and industry in order to offer standardized training and clear career pathways to the diving scientists.
The project meets the increasing need of skilled and qualified scientists to perform dive-based research - a valuable highly productive, cost-effective research tool that supports underwater marine science and archaeology related disciples. It refers to the requirements of the EU Communication COM/2014/02543, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC (Good Environmental Status (GES) of marine waters by 2020, the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage and will contribute to the achievement of the goals in the period 2021-2030, declared by the United Nations as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a “once in a lifetime” opportunity exists for Nations to work together to generate the global ocean science needed to support the sustainable development of our shared ocean”.
The successful implementation of the ScienceDIVER project will be at the core of the initiative for development of a European Directive (common framework, status, educational standards, recognition and rights of Scientific Divers in all European countries). The common efforts of the engaged large group of stakeholders will close the skill gaps and will make the “scientific diving” career more attractive and valuable to young people in Europe in order to be able to meet the forthcoming innovative challenges in Blue Science for sustainable Blue Growth.