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What is the Global Diving Conference?

The GDC is a biennial event aimed at promoting education, conservation, and exploration throughout the global diving community by bringing together divers with diverse backgrounds, agencies, and interests. The inaugural GDC in 2011 was a huge success, attracting over 400 divers from more than 20 different countries. With similar expectations for this year’s turnout, you can be sure to learn something new, meet interesting people, and have a great time at the 2013 GDC!

So what happens at the GDC? Well, it's up to you! Optional activities will be planned for the days before and after the Conference itself, giving you even more reasons to join us in Portimão for diving, socials, workshops, and field trips. Then, on Dec. 7-8, the two days of planned Conference activities will include panel sessions on hot topics in diving, presentations by some of the most accomplished divers in the world concerning current projects and issues, and ongoing poster sessions by divers, explorers, and environmentalists. Stay tuned to see our finalized agenda of events for the Conference itself and surrounding days!

If you have any questions about the 2013 GDC or are interested in getting involved, please email for more information!

The 2013 GDC will be held December 7-8, 2013, in Portimão, Portugal

We are pleased to announce that location for the 2013 Global Diving Conference will be the beautiful city of Portimão, Portugal! The date is set for December 7-8, 2013 - start planning now, you won't want to miss this event!

The venue is Portimão Arena, located at Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão Caldeira do Moinho, 8500-726 Portimão.

Please check back in the coming weeks for more details, including optional activities on Thursday, December 5, Friday, December 6 and Monday, December 9!

Open Call for Poster Session submissions!

These presentations will allow you to share your research, conservation and exploration efforts with fellow divers (and non-divers) from all over the world. For information about how to submit a presentation for consideration, click here.

Learn more about Portimão, the host city of the 2013 GDC!

Check out our interactive slide show showcasing the beauty and history of Portimão, not to mention the spectacular diving! You won't want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime seaside summit featuring researchers, explorers, conservationists, and diving enthusiasts from all over the world. Click here to learn about Portimão!

The 2013 GDC is sponsored by


For information about how to become sponsor, click here.

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