Introduction & Overview

On behalf of the members of the Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC), I would like to welcome you to the second “DEveloping Submergence SCiencE for the Next Decade” (DESCEND-2) workshop. This workshop will be focused on determining how both existing and new technologies can be better deployed to help address critical science questions, as well as how federal agencies, non-profit organizations, commercial operations and academic institutions can better work together to advance our understanding of the deep sea.

This workshop will take place on January 14th and 15th, 2016 at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. To ensure that you are comfortable during your stay, we are providing all participants with two nights of accommodations at the Hyatt Regency in Cambridge, MA. The Hyatt Regency is a lovely hotel located along the Charles River with beautiful views of downtown Boston. Moreover, all meals will be provided during the workshop, including a catered dinner in the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Finally, to facilitate your participation, we are happy to discuss any special requests (e.g., accessibility, childcare, etc.) during the workshop. (Please contact the organizers listed above for assistance with these requests).

Web Telecast:
Budgetary and space constraints ultimately govern the size of this meeting, and unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to participate. As such, we are planning on telecasting the workshop, to allow persons from around the world to observe and comment on the meeting in real time. Details will be posted on this website under the TELECAST link.

With warm regards, 

Peter R. Girguis 

Chair, Deep Submergence Science Committee (DeSSC)
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University