International Conference in Management of Accessible Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites
Athens, Greece | 16-18 Oct 2019

Dive in Blue Growth Conference

BLUEMED project with the support of the Med Sustainable Tourism Community are organizing the International Conference in Management of Accessible Underwater Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites, “Dive in Blue Growth”.

Coastal areas and islands of the Mediterranean are tourism-based economies with important natural and cultural assets that are located underwater and, because of their geomorphic characteristics, are vulnerable to the impacts of extreme climatic conditions. They are faced with common challenges: a) lack of coordinated policies, methods and tools, adapted to support sustainable economic development, b) ineffective protection of their underwater natural and cultural heritage and inability to use it as an asset for sustainable and responsible tourism development, c)insufficient measures to tackle impacts of extreme climatic conditions.

BLUEMED aims to protect and preserve in a unified manner the underwater natural and cultural heritage of selected locations of the Mediterranean, to help coastal and island economies prosper by adopting a sustainable blue model for tourism development, and to protect the marine ecosystem of the Mediterranean. BLUEMED is part of Interreg MED 2014-20 Programme. The Programme is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Within the framework of sustainable tourism in Med area, the Conference is an opportunity for underwater archaeologists, public organizations, local governments and authorities, universities, marine researchers, NGOs, tourist organizations, management authorities of diving parks, industry players in underwater technologies and dry dive experiences to exchange views on problems and solutions that are focused in underwater natural and cultural heritage.

You could participate in the International Conference and present your scientific work in specific topics. For more information regarding the BLUEMED Project and the International Conference, visit:

Conference Topics

a) Management and protection of accessible Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) sites and UCH diving parks

b) Initiatives for sustainable Blue tourism through accessible UCH sites and diving parks

c) Technologies for offering dry dive experiences to non-divers

Call for abstracts

In the first stage, contributions to the Conference will be made by submitting abstracts up to 300 words and 5 keywords, related to one of the three topics mentioned above, for independent review. You can submit your proposed abstract by sending email to by 30 January 2019.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 January 2019

Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2019

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 20 May 2019

Registration opening: 10 June 2019

Presentation Submission deadline: 20 September 2019

Registration closing: 20 September 2019