3rd European Conference on Scientific Diving
Funchal, Madeira - Portugal  
III European Conference on Scientific Diving Conference Organizers

Conference organizers


CIIMAR-Madeira is a private, non-profit organization based in Madeira Island. It is a unique organization specialized on insular environments, which is currently involved in the development of fundamental and applied scientific research, both in atmospheric and marine sciences. One of the main goals of our institution is to assist the decision making process, providing scientific knowledge and technology transfer to private companies, state and regional public agencies. CIIMAR PhD members are currently involved in the training of graduate and post-graduate researchers and a Scientific Diving Programme was started in 2015.

Clube Naval do Funchal

Clube Naval do Funchal (Funchal Yatch Club) was founded in 1952 in S. Lázaro, near the port of Funchal. Two years later, the current headquarters are inaugurated, in Quinta Calaça.

After 64 years, Clube Naval its a Public Utility Institution with more than 6,600 partners and 13 sports and its also a reference club in the organization of international events, such as European RSX Championship, Mini-Transat, Madeira Island International Swim Marathon – LEN Competittion and Madeira Ocena Race in Surfski Compettion.

Câmara Municipal do Funchal (Marine Biology Station)

The Marine Biology Station of Funchal (Estação de biologia marinha do Funchal), on the Portuguese island of Madeira, is a research centre owned by the municipality of Funchal and dedicated to research and education on marine sciences. It was inaugurated on the 28th of September 1999.

The station is an observer member of the European Network of Marine Biology stations (MARS), which has around 60 laboratories in Europe. Also, the station is part of the Portuguese Institute of Marine Research (IMAR). Most of these Institute’s members are Portuguese university research laboratories specialized in marine sciences.

Its objectives are to develop the sciences and technologies of the sea, particularly, biology and ecology of coastal and deep sea waters. The station is the base for the Marine Biology team of the Natural History Museum of Funchal and the Marine Biology and Oceanography Laboratory team of the Biology Department of the University of Madeira. These two teams participate in several research projects including the studies of deep sea hydrothermal vent fish, the fish and crustacean diversity of Macaronesian deep waters and the biological migration of sea turtles.

The station occupies a six-floor building just off the promenade between the “Lido” area of Funchal and “Clube Naval” (The Yacht Club). It has several dry and wet labs, offices, refrigeration and freezing facilities, and other technical areas, including a scientific diving base. The marine reference collections of the Natural History Museum of Funchal are stored at the station as well. This amounts to 25,000 specimens from the Macaronesian waters in the Eastern Atlantic including several holotypes and paratypes. To encourage cooperation and exchange of information among scientists and researchers the station has lodging available for 8 visiting scientists and lab space for them.



The Portuguese Association for Scientific Diving (APorMC) was founded in 2010 and is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the use of diving as a scientific tool. APorMC represents more than 80 researchers, students and technicians that use scientific diving as part of their scientific activities in Portugal.


The Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) is a non-profit organization located on the Gambelas campus of the University of Algarve and dedicated to R&D in the Marine Sciences. CCMAR fields of expertise cover molecular biology, genetics, endocrinology, biophysics, organic chemistry and ecology of marine organisms. R&D and training activities have been applied to the development of aquaculture, biotechnology and environmental technologies for the study and management of marine resources and ecosystems.


Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre - is a Centre for research, technological development and innovation, with an integrative and holistic approach, concentrating a wide diversity of expertise, skills, and capabilities, with a nationwide territorial implementation, that develops its activities oriented to societal challenges, in close partnership with national and international research centres.


CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research - is a research and advanced training institution hosted by the University of Porto. Its mission is to develop exceptional-quality research, promote technological development and support public policies in the area of Marine and Environmental Sciences. CIIMAR is a multidisciplinary institution, organized into 3 Thematic Lines lead by three senior scientists, hosting 27 Research Groups, covering a wide range of scientific expertise.