News

Below, you will find an overview of the news about the Scientific Diving Center, segmented by year:

 2022


Cancellation diving container for the night of science 2022


Dive camps and block course 2022 - Save the date

Dear scientific divers,

we could fix the date for the dive camps 2022.This year, after a long break, both regular dive camps will be held again. In old tradition we plan a block course for our external participants between the two dive camps.

When: camp I: 24.-26.06. and camp II: 01.-03.07 and block course: 24.06.-03.07.

Where: TANA and Senftenberg


Additional dates for training in week 8

Dear Scientific Divers,

due to the closing of the swimming pool we have lost many important swimming pool times. Through the kind support of the TUBAF as well as the SIB we were able to realize two additional dates for you. Please take this opportunity and come to the training. This is very important for this year's dive camps and excursion.

When: 22. and 23.02.2022 - 18-21am

Where: Johannisbad

What: Additional dates training scientific Diving


Continuation of training from week 4

Dear students,

from next week (week 4) the education wiss. Diving I as well as the sport course "Diving and Snorkeling" will take place again. Please use the remaining time to get ahead in your training. Also remember the 2G+ rule! So recovered +test or 2 times vaccinated + test or 3 times vaccinated. Please show your proof to the instructors before the start of the training without being asked. Thank you for your understanding.

Have fun, your SDC Team


Night of Science -Save the Date-

When: 18.06.2022 - 18-24Uhr

Where: Campus and Castle Square

What: big surprise and inauguration! We used the corona time to develop something very special! Let us surprise you.


2021

Boating and sailing courses in cooperation of Unisport and Club Nautique

 When: 02.11.2021 - 19:30h

 Where: Glückauf-Sporthalle, training room

 What: all boat licenses for motor boats and sailing yachts

 Who: Martin Zitzmann (01727966221, martinatclubnautique [dot] de)

Training in WS21/22 again on schedule!!!

 More info under dates


Defense Dissertation -Richard Stanulla-

 Dear scientific Divers,

a longtime companion of SDC will defend his dissertation on the topic: "Geological and mineralogical investigation of hydrothermal fluid discharge features at the sea bottom of Panarea, Italy " next Thursday (22.07.2021) 15:30Uhr. Richard has conducted many of his field investigations and sampling during SDC field trips to Panarea. I would like to invite anyone interested to attend the talk and defense. You can dial in at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6900365xxx

You have to replace the last 3 xxx with the numbers two-six-nine.


Diving in the river Saale

This year, in cooperation with Make Science Halle, the scientific divers of TU Freiberg will take on a new challenge: Scientific diving in a river, the Saale.
The test dives will start at the beginning of June 2021 - here you can find more information about the project.


Scientific divers examine dam wall at Saidenbach Dam

GeoWiD GmbH Freiberg is currently investigating the structural condition of the dam wall at the Saidenbach Dam in the Ore Mountains on behalf of the Saxony State Dam Administration. So far, 45 dives have already been successfully carried out by scientific divers for this purpose, and they will continue to work on this project until the end of May.
For more information on the dam project, click here for the full press article.


Programme for the 6th European Conference on Scientific Dinving online!!!

Here you can find the details: https://tu-freiberg.de/sdc/ecsd-2021/programme


COVID-19 recovered participants wanted for pulmonary function study

For an outpatient study to assess the effects of a COVID-19 infection on lung function after surviving the disease, the following participants are wanted:

Male and female participants between the ages of 18 and 65 who had been isolated on an outpatient basis after a COVID-19 infection from the end of January 2021 or were discharged from inpatient treatment at this time. The participants must not have any CHD (coronary heart disease) or previous pulmonary diseases (including COPD, bronchial asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, etc.).

In this study, various non-invasive lung examinations (body plethysmography, spiroergometry, diffusion capacity, etc.) are carried out 6-8 weeks after discharge or isolation. With these repeated measurements (after 6-8, 10-12 and 14-16 weeks, respectively) the healing process of your lungs should be observed.

The examinations take place in full in our district hospital in Freiberg. After your COVID-19 illness, we can offer you extensive diagnostics that are otherwise unusual.

In addition, you will receive an expense allowance of 150 Euros after completing all three examinations.

Course schedule: 1x per month approx. 1 hour after 6-8, 10-12 and 14-16 weeks, respectively (based on individual appointments)

Relatives who were sick with COVID-19 during the period mentioned can also be included in the study.

If you have any further questions, the conducting study doctor, Mr. Bali, or Dr. Fichtner will be happy to help at any time:

  • Rajen Bali, specialist in internal medicine, email: rajenbaliatgmail [dot] com, phone: +49 (0) 151 22587820
  • Dr. med. Andreas Fichtner, medical director of emergency and surgery management, email: andreas [dot] fichtneratkkh-freiberg [dot] de

Registration for the 6th European Conference on Scientific Diving (ECSD) on 21 & 22 April

Dear scientific divers,

Plannings for the 6th ECSD on 21 & 22 April are in full swing, and we are delighted with the large number of abstracts that we have already received. Abstracts for paper and poster presentations can still be submitted until 28 February via this website.

We do not plan to extend the submission deadline, as the selection of abstracts by the Scientific Committee will take place by 15 March. Those who have submitted papers will then be informed about their acceptance as well as the process and nature of the final submission of extended abstracts.

Registration for the conference is now also open via this website.

The conference fee is 50 Euros, comprising both days.

More information on the upcoming conference, including a daily schedule can be found or will be published shortly on our official conference website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us ecsd6atsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de (by email).

We are looking forward to a successful conference and many interesting and insightful discussions!

Your ECSD 2021 Organizing Committee


No further Scientific Diver training until the end of the winter semster 2020-21

Due to the prolongation of the current partial lockdown jointly decided by the German Parliament and the federal states until at least 14 February 2021 in the wake of a persisting high COVID-19 infection rate, no further diving courses will be offered until the end of the current winter semester 2020-21.

This affects the following courses:

  • Scientific Diving I as well as
  • Snorkeling and Diving

The lecture “Aquatic Ecosystems” will be held digitally until the end of the semester.


 

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SDC supports TU Freiberg Institute for Machine Elements, Design and Manufacturing with air tanks for the development of an emergency ventilator aimed at giving artificial ventilation to COVID-19 affected patients

Due to the COVID-19 crisis it might be necessary to give artificial ventilation to many affected patients. The Institute for Machine Elements, Design and Manufacturing of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg has developed a guideline for the production of a simplified gas-driven, fully mechanical, pressure-controlled emergency ventilator with semiautomatic adjustment of PIP-controlled tidal volume and frequency.

In comparison to existing ventilators, the devised ventilator can be self-manufactured and is hence independent from the availability of purchased ventilators.

The institute has been supported by the Scientific Diving Center with the equipment of air tanks.

The full paper describing the development can be accessed here.


Suspension of diver training as of 02 November

Due to the partial lockdown jointly decided by the German Parliament and the federal states on 28 October 2020 in the wake of a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections, no further diving courses will be offered from Monday, 02 November onwards until at least the end of the month.

This affects the following courses:

  • Scientific Diving I as well as
  • Snorkeling and Diving

Information on the resumption of these courses will be published here in due course.


Scientific diver training will restart in the winter semester 2020/21

For further details, please follow our events webpage.


Sport boat license and sailing permit acquisition in Freiberg

In case you are interested to obtain a sport boat license or sailing permit in Freiberg, Martin Zitzmann from CLUB NAUTIQUE will hold an information event on 20 October from 7.00 - 9.00 pm about all the offers by his school. Location: Club room of the University Sports Centre, Chemnitzer Straße 48, 09599 Freiberg

Please register for the event by contacting Martin Zitzmann:

  • Phone: 0172 / 7966221
  • Email: martinatclubnautique [dot] de

The economic region of Central Saxony promotes Scientific Diver Richard Stanulla - managing director of the GeoWiD GmbH in Freiberg

Richard Stanulla is sitting on his motorboat in the storage room of his company, the GeoWiD GmbH in FreibergIn its latest online brochure, the economic region of Central Saxony presents, among others, Richard Stanulla, a Scientific Diver from the SDC and geology graduate of the TU Freiberg, who started his own business in Freiberg in 2014 with his firm, the GeoWiD GmbH.

Their geoscientific services include the investigation of building ground and underwater structures such as dams and port facilities, the testing of water quality and stability of embankments as well as construction supervisions.

The development of innovative special equipment required for the specific measurement and sampling techniques applied under water represents another focal point of the company's activities.

With this hitherto unique bundle of services in Germany, the GeoWiD GmbH has developed into a flourishing business with up to now annual growth rates of over 100%.

Here you can access the complete report.


Suspension of the diving module “Scientific Diving I”:

Due to the current situation, the practical diving module “Scientific Diving I” in the Johannisbad will not be held for the time being. As soon as it becomes known whether the training can still take place in the course of this semester, further information will be published here on the website.

This also applies to the upcoming diving camps and the diving expedition.


Postponement of the European Conference of Scientific Diving (ECSD):

In accordance with the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) and our local university administration, we are pleased to announce that the 6th European Conference on Scientific Diving will now be held from 21 - 23 April 2021.

Further information on registration and abstract submission procedures will be published on our conference website any time soon.


Freiberg will host the 6th European Conference on Scientific Diving (ECSD) 2021

  • What: Largest European conference for underwater research by means of scientific diving operations
  • When: 21 - 23 April 2021
  • Where: Alte Mensa, Freiberg

Click here for further informations.


Dates for the upcoming diving camps, the block course and the concluding field trip in the summer semester 2020:

  • Camp 1: 26 - 28 June 2020 (location: TANA, Ammelshain)
  • Camp 2: 03 - 05 July 2020 (location: TANA, Ammelshain)
Block course for external participants: 26 June - 05 July 2020
Registration deadline: 31 May 2020

Concluding field trip:

  • When: 29 August - 13 September 2020
  • Where: Sveta Marina, Istria/Croatia
  • Registration deadline: 31 May 2020

Annual General Meeting of the SDC Freiberg 2020

  • What:
    • AGM including the awarding of the diving brevets
    • Casual evening
    • Alumni meeting
    • Showing of pictures and videos from the past year
    • Presentation of the activities of the SDC in 2019
  • When: 17 January 2020 as from 6.00 pm
  • Where: Alte Elisabeth, Fuchsmühlenweg 3, 09599 Freiberg

We are very happy to welcome Anne Münch as our guest speaker. She will give an exciting and informative talk on the current findings from medical examinations conducted during this year's diving expedition to Croatia, amongst other things. Mr. Richard Stanulla will show us something about the work of an scientific diver in his company GEOWID.

Furthermore, all graduates of the year 2019 will receive their diving certificates. As always, we want to enjoy the evening together in an informal atmosphere.

We are looking forward to your numerous appearance! For better planning, we kindly ask you to sign up in a participant list which will be hyperlinked here.

We are still looking for committed helpers who want to support us in the organization - just get in touch by email: Thomas [dot] Grabatsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

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► 2019

Start of the lecture “Aquatic ecosystems - Methods for sub-aquatic scientific work / The fascination of water” in the upcoming week

  • What: Lecture “Aquatic ecosystems - Methods for sub-aquatic scientific work / The fascination of water”
  • When: 24 October at 6.00 pm
  • Where: MEI-0080, Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 12

Scientific diving courses begin this week

  • What: Start of the courses “Snorkeling and Diving” and “Scientific Diving I”
  • When: 14 October at 7.30 pm (Scientific Diving I) and 15 October at 8.00 pm (Snorkeling and Diving)
  • Where: Swimming pool “Johannisbad”, Freiberg

Registration for upcoming winter semester courses

  • What: Registration for the courses “Snorkeling and Diving” & “Scientific Diving I”
  • When: 14 and 15 October 2019, 11.00 am to 1.00 pm
  • Where: Foyer of the Neue Mensa (New Canteen)

How divers render physicians helpful

  • What: Press release “How divers render physicians helpful”
  • When: 28 September 2019
  • Where: Local newspaper “Freie Presse” (Free Press)

This very insightful news article offers a detailed report on the special cooperation between divers of the SDC and medical practicioners of the emergency department of the district hospital Freiberg! Read on right here...


Impressions from the expedition to Croatia 2019

Photo gallery of this year's field trip to Sveta Marina:

Group photo of the participants 2019
Team meeting with Thomas Pohl
Male participant wearing a t-shirt of the Scientific Diving Center
Mapping along a transect by a diver
Mapping by a diver
2 balanced divers performing mapping work
Golden sponge in the Adriatic Sea
Madonna sculpture in the Adriatic Sea
Vase as a practice object in the Adriatic Sea
Shipwreck for practice purposes in the Adriatic Sea
3D depth profile of the shipwreck in the Adriatic Sea
Shipwreck “Lina” in the Adriatic Sea, viewed from above
3D flyover image of the shipwreck “Lina” in the Adriatic Sea
Field laboratory for accompanying medical examinations during the expedition
Examination sheets used for the accompanying medical examinations

Scientific diving expedition to Croatia

 
  • What: Scientific diving expedition
  • When: 31 August - 14 September 2019
  • Where: Sveta Marina, Croatia

Here we go!

Once again, 22 adventurous divers of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will embark on a challenging field trip with the aim of becoming CMAS certified scientific divers. For the first time since 2005, this year's expedition will take place in Sveta Marina, a small fishing village located on Istria, Croatia's largest peninsula at the northern Adriatic Sea between the Gulf of Trieste and the Kvarner Bay nearby Rijeka. The international team will investigate a variety of interesting scientific issues on site. Ahead of the journey, all participants have already been divided into five different working groups as follows:

  • biology and geology
  • water and gas chemistry
  • 3D photometry
  • documentation and mapping
  • archeology

This time, however, they will not only work on their own assigned subject areas; furthermore, the divers will become a subject of scientific research themselves. A team of medical practicioners will accompany the group in order to carry out an investigation on the analysis and self-detection of micro-bubbles as well as dehydration effects during a dive.

During the preparatory diving camps, the group of scientific divers and the medical staff have already gotten to know each other, and the medical examination procedures have been integrated into the respective dive plannings.

We are looking forward to an exciting field trip that will surely be remembered by all participants! Pictures and videos of this extraordinary trip will be made available shortly on this website.


Research for better emergency care

A joint research project of the TU Bergakademie and the district hospital Freiberg aims to make future scientific dives safer and help improve the shock treatment of injured divers

Freiberg. The Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie and the district hospital Freiberg have joined forces to investigate medical parameters of scientific dives.

As part of the accompanying medical research, scientific divers are taught ultrasonic self-measurement for the detection of micro-bubbles, and their health is monitored objectively by echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) after the respective dives. In addition, dive-specific physiological changes in fluid balance are measured by means of special ultrasonography, thereby gaining valuable new insights into the quicker management of emergency patients suffering from blood loss.

“On the one hand, the research goal is to make the specific profiles of geological dives safer; on the other hand, we are seeking to gain precious insights for a better shock treatment of accident victims”, says Dr. med. Andreas Fichtner, head of emergency & surgical management at the district hospital Freiberg, who is also a trained diving physician and regularly offers consultation hours for divers in the hospital.

Initial promising measurements have already been performed, with further ones following in September. The research project as a whole should be completed by the end of this year. Two doctoral students from the medical faculty of the TU Dresden are involved in the investigations. The research project is sponsored by the Society for Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine and General Electric.


Review on the 7th “Night of Science and Business” (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft)

 

SDC booth at the Night of Science and Business (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft) of the TU Freiberg 2019On Saturday, 22 June 2019, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and numerous companies from Freiberg once again opened their doors for this year's Night of Science and Business (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft).

More than 30 institutes, laboratories, research facilities and local businesses offered their over 7,000 visitors interesting and exciting inside views. The event program included various hands-on activities, experiments, exhibitions, lectures and company tours on three different sites - North Campus, visitor mine “Reiche Zeche” and industrial park “Saxonia”.

Of course, the Scientific Diving Center also had its own stand on site and attracted attendees with a variety of instructive video footage, an assortment of scientific diving equipment, comprehensive information on their scientific diver training as well as a quiz for the little ones.

The booth was frequently visited throughout the entire evening - thanks to everyone involved for making this a night to remember!

We were particularly pleased to welcome the Saxon Minister of Science, Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, at our stand in the course of the night:

SDC booth at the Night of Science and Business (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft) of the TU Freiberg 2019Prof. Tobias Fieback in conversation with the Saxon Minister of Science Dr. Eva-Maria Stange at the SDC booth at the Night of Science and Business 2019Prof. Tobias Fieback in conversation with the Saxon Minister of Science Dr. Eva-Maria Stange and Dr. Thomas Grab at the SDC booth at the Night of Science and Business 2019Prof. Tobias Fieback in conversation with the Saxon Minister of Science Dr. Eva-Maria Stange at the SDC booth at the Night of Science and Business 2019


SDC on site at the “Night of Science and Business” (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft) of the TU Freiberg

  • When: 22 June 2019, 6.00 - 11.00 pm
  • Where: Foyer of the Julius-Weisbach-Building, Lampadiusstraße 4

On Saturday, 22 June 2019, numerous facilities of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will provide some fascinating insights into their research projects and study opportunities at the “Night of Science and Business” (Nacht der Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft). The Scientific Diving Center will also be present with its own booth, showcasing their research work and applied scientific diving techniques to the audience as well as informing them about their scientific diving training for students and external participants alike.

The SDC will cater to all age groups at their stand, as besides a quiz and interesting video footage, visitors can experience various scientific diving equipment up close.

We are looking forward to introducing you to the exciting research and training activities of the SDC - don't hesitate to come over and talk to us!


SDC booth at the open day (“Campus-Tag”) 2019

  • When: 18 May 2019, 10.00 am - 2.00 pm
  • Where: Foyer of the Julius-Weisbach-Building, Lampadiusstraße 4

The Scientific Diving Center will present itself with its own stand on the open day (“Campus-Tag”) of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on Saturday, 18 May 2019 in the foyer of the Julius-Weisbach-Building, situated in the Lampadiusstraße 4. Anyone interested in the work as well as the scientific diver training possibilities of the SDC can visit us there between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth!


5th European Conference on Scientific Diving (ECSD)

  • When: 24 - 27 April 2019
  • Where: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, ​Sopot, Poland
  • What: Europe's most important annual conference on scientific diving

Multiple scientists of the SDC Freiberg will be on site in Sopot presenting their latest research work and findings in 5 different lectures. A detailed conference report along with photographic impressions of the event will be published here very soon.


Enrollment for the course “Scientific Diving I” in the summer semester 2019

  • When: 02 April 2019
  • Where: Foyer of the new canteen (Neue Mensa) or in the office of the Scientific Diving Center (Lampadius building, room 303)

Dates for upcoming diving camps and courses in the summer semester 2019

  • Camp 1: 28 - 30 June 2019 (location: TANA, Ammelshain)
  • Camp 2: 12 - 14 July 2019 (location: Senftenberg)
Block course for external participants: 28 June - 07 July 2019
Registration deadline: 31 May 2019

Field trip 2019

  • When: 31 August - 14 September 2019
  • Where: Sveta Marina, Croatia
  • Registration deadline: 31 May 2019

Course “Scientific Diving I” (Start: 01 April 2019)

  • When: Mondays, 7.30 - 10.00 pm
  • Where: Swimming pool "Johannisbad", Freiberg

The 6th European Conference on ​Scientific Diving (ECSD) 2020 will be hosted in Freiberg!

  • What: 6th European Conference on Scientific Diving
  • When: 22 - 25 April 2020
  • Where: TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Alte Mensa

Please refer to our official conference website for further information on the event.


Annual General Meeting of the SDC Freiberg 2019

  • What:
    • AGM including the awarding of the diving brevets
    • Casual evening
    • Alumni meeting
    • Showing of pictures and videos from the past year
    • Presentation of the activities of the SDC in 2018
  • When: 18 January 2019 as from 6.00 pm
  • Where: Alte Elisabeth, Fuchsmühlenweg 3, 09599 Freiberg

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Andreas Fichtner as our guest speaker. He is a well known expert in diving medicine and will give an exciting and informative talk on current findings from his research. Furthermore, all graduates of the year 2018 will receive their diving certificates. As always, we want to enjoy the evening together in an informal atmosphere.

We are looking forward to your numerous appearance! For better planning, we kindly ask you to sign up in the following list.

We are still searching for committed helpers who want to support us in the organization. Just get in touch by email: Thomas [dot] Grabatsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de


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► 2018

Ask the scientist

The series of events in the Terra Mineralia starts on 23 October: The scientific divers Prof. Broder J. Merkel and Dr. Thomas Grab from the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will elaborate on the subject of oceans in this new special exhibition. Afterwards, they will give visitors an insight into their own research field, e.g. the oceanic acidification.

Depending on the topic, the scientists will bring suitable handpieces and samples into the hands-on lab “Expedition (Forschungsreise)” that visitors can view under the microscope. They might also show some short footage and photos to the audience. It will be an interactive event: Attendees are encouraged to pose questions and contribute their own experiences to facilitate lively discussions within the group.

Here is a report of the German newspaper “Freie Presse” on the SDC's involvement.


Panarea 2018

  • What: Expedition “Scientific Diving II”
  • When: 31 August - 14 September 2018
  • Where: Panarea, Italy

The field trip to the island of Panarea has been the culmination of the training of our scientific divers for the past 13 years. From 31 August to 14 September 2018, 15 students and researchers from all over Germany have again conducted investigations on the underwater volcano. In a picturesque work environment, the participants respectively completed 2 to 3 scientific dives in order to survey and sample active underwater areas.

The energy of the soil is permanently palpable and visible. At the majority of the dive spots, hot fluids and gases of up to 130°C flow from the seabed and served as the focal point of the scientific work. Each of the participants was assigned to their own topic.

On this occasion, we were very pleased to welcome two renowned divers on board. Underwater cameraman Andreas Trepte (working, inter alia, for the German television stations ARTE, ARD, and MDR) accompanied us throughout the expedition and recorded the impressive submarine phenomena in a film. From 05 September onwards, globally active underwater photographer Alexis Rosenfeld (working for magazines such as National Geographic, Stern etc.) joined us on the island. He accompanied us for a report on underwater volcanism in Italy.

Group photo of the participants in 2018 on the island of PanareaParticipants with their luggage on the ferry shortly before their arrival on the island of Panarea

 

 


The grades for the winter semester 2017 / 2018 habe been reported to the examination office

(Notification of 22 June 2018)

International Red Sea Symposium

The underwater researchers of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg today travel to Egypt to participate in the International Red Sea Symposium in Hurghada. The conference will be organized by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archeology as part of the International Year of the Reefs 2018.


Diving in the Dead Sea

  • What: Investigations in the Dead Sea
  • When: 14 - 26 April 2018
  • Where: Israel, Dead Sea

From 14 to 26 April 2018, Prof. Broder Merkel and Dr. Thomas Pohl from the Scientific Diving Center went on a ten-day research mission to the Dead Sea. On site, they examined undersea groundwater sources in the extremely saline waters (with a density level of 1.24 g/cm2), which are related to the rapid lowering of the water level.

The Dead Sea's water level drops by about a meter every year, which causes the formation of cavities in the coastal area. As a result, buildings are in danger of collapsing, roads can be damaged, and human lives are in jeopardy. The Dead Sea only has one major inflow, the Jordan river, which serves as the principal freshwater source, both for the supply of the regional population with drinking water and for the irrigation of the agricultural areas in the Negev desert. The water level of the Dead Sea is currently lying 432 m below sea level.

The researchers of the TU Freiberg had been invited by the Geological Service of Israel. They collaborate with scientists from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig and Halle as well as the Ben-Gurion University of Jerusalem, and are continuing a series of underwater explorations from 2012 and 2014.

To allow for an early localization of the cavities, the saline leaching must be examined in the underground. To this end, samples were taken from undersea groundwater sources at depths between 3 and 20 m, and are now being analyzed in German and Israeli laboratories.

The conditions during the expedition were dry and hot, with air and water temperatures up to 45 °C and 27 °C, respectively. As the diving sites were not always accessible by off-road vehicle, the reaserchers had to carry their heavy equipment of about 400 kg in total through the challenging terrain to the water on foot.

Due to the high salinity of the Dead Sea, divers need about 60 kg of extra weight on their bodies just to be able to work under water. A full-face mask protects their eyes and mouth against the extremely aggressive brine. Enough fresh water must be available after each dive to rinse the brine from the divers and their equipment.

Dr. Pohl gets rinsed by his colleague on the beach with fresh waterView from afar across the beach of the Dead SeaDr. Pohl to the right of saline precipitations under water in the Dead SeaUnderwater shot of the beach area of the Dead Sea


Boot 2018

  • What: Presentation of the SDC at the fair “BOOT”
  • When: 25 January 2018, 4.40 pm
  • Where: Düsseldorf, main stage in hall 4

In cooperation with the Association of German Scuba Divers (VDST), we were invited to an interview at the world's largest water sports fair “BOOT”, during which we presented the Scientific Diving Center.

Stage presentation of the SDC at the fair “BOOT 2018” in Düsseldorf


Annual General Meeting of the SDC Freiberg 2018

  • What:
    • AGM including the awarding of the diving brevets
    • Casual evening
    • Alumni meeting
    • Showing of pictures and videos from the past year
    • Presentation of the activities of the SDC in 2017
  • When: 12 January 2018 as from 6.00 pm
  • Where: Alte Elisabeth, Fuchsmühlenweg 3, 09599 Freiberg

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Frank Hartig from the university hospital in Innsbruck as our guest speaker. He is a globally recognized specialist in diving medicine and will report on current findings from his research. We are looking forward to an exciting and informative talk! Also, all graduates of the year 2017 will receive their diving certificates. Furthermore, we will surprise everyone with some special highlights... As always, we want to enjoy the evening together in an informal atmosphere.

We hope for your numerous attendance! For better planning, we kindly ask you to sign up in the following list.

We are still searching for committed helpers who want to support us in the organization. Just get in touch by email: Thomas [dot] Grabatsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de

Prof. Fieback looks back on the activities of the Scientific Diving Center in 2017 in front of the participants


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► 2017

MDR “Einfach genial” (simply awesome)

On 20 September 2017, we were once again visited by a television crew. In the swimming pool of Weißenborn, we presented a condensed version of a diving camp and answered many questions by moderator Janett. Naturally, she helped us out under water and tried to do some exercises herself, which proved to be a difficult undertaking. The filming took all day - and you can watch the resulting footage on the German channel MDR on 17 October.


Panarea 2017

Scientific studies of underwater volcanoes on mercury emissions and relevant geological processes

The 2017 expedition of the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg took place from 01 to 15 September on Panarea island (Aeolian archipelago, Italy) and dealt with the specific geological, morphological, and hydrochemical conditions of this volcanically active area. The main emphasis was placed on analyzes of occurring mercury emissions in hydrothermal fluids.

The amount of leaking mercury released into the seawater by the submarine volcano should be detected. In addition, the focus was laid on the study of occurring lithological units and tectonic processes in order to gain a better understanding of the local geological development.

18 students and scientists from various disciplines (geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers and chemists) devoted themselves with great effort to the sampling, measurement, and surveying of the following parameters:

  • pH level, conductivity, temperature and chemical composition of the exiting fluids
  • formation of precipitates from hydrothermal solutions, mineralogical composition of volcanic rocks and sediments, as well as tectonic structures
  • quantification of gas volumes streaming out of the seafloor

Apart from the training of the students to become certified scientific divers, the primary aim of the underwater investigations on the island of Panarea was to find out about the existence of elevated levels of natural mercury that may accumulate in the food chain. Furthermore, a better understanding of the volcanic activity should be provided to improve early warning systems.

Device for the measurement of submarine gas volume flows

 

 

 


Scientific Diving Center takes part in 85th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

From the 03 - 05 July 2017, the GeoWiD GmbH, a spin-off of the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Freiberg, will be a guest at the 85th Annual Meeting of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) in Prague. The event offers experts from all over the world in dams and adjacent fields the opportunity for professional exchange in the form of various exhibitions, lectures, workshops and expeditions.

The Scientific Diving Center, together with its partners DEKRA Industrial and GeoWiD, contributes to the event with a poster on the subject of “Building Inspections by Scientific Divers”. We are very pleased about the great interest in scientific diving and are looking forward to numerous insightful technical discussions at the presentation booth of the GeoWiD GmbH.


Long Night of Science 2017

On Saturday, 17 June 2017, numerous institutions of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg presented themselves at the “Long Night of Science”. The Scientific Diving Center was also on site with a stand as well as its already well-known diving tower.

Inside the diving tower, visitors were able to experience underwater research up close and inform themselves about the unique training and research opportunities at the SDC during personal talks.

In addition to a variety of underwater measurement technology, illustrative material, and videos, there was a lively response to our children's quiz and the competition “Stop breathing”. Visitors and team members of the SDC alike can look back on a very successful event.

Important notice:

We are looking for the winners of the contest “Stop breathing” - please contact us by email! We congratulate all winners!

Stop breathing
Children's quiz
1st Place: Luise T.1st Place: Hanna T. (9)
2nd Place: Silvana V.2nd Place: Diana G. (10)
3rd Place: Janka G.3rd Place: Lena (8)

Diving tower of the SDC at the Long Night of Sciences


1st expedition to Panarea in 2017

  • What: Pre-expedition for sampling and qualification theses
  • When: 30 May - 09 June 2017
  • Where: Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Italy

Press release of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg

(Notification of 12 June 2017)

“Six researchers from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have recently returned from their diving expedition in the Mediterranean. From 30 May to 09 June, they investigated the submarine volcanic system of Panarea north of Sicily.

Dr. Nikolaus Klamerth wants to find out about the amount of mercury contained in the boiling fluids that stream from the seabed. He is researching together with Jan-Lukas Lohmann, who is studying for his bachelor thesis in the field of geology / mineralogy.

Previously, the geologist Richard Stanulla, who has been working on his PhD thesis on the current ore formation in the hydrothermal system of Panarea for three years, had found the mercury mineral cinnabar. Cordula Haupt and Sabine Vater are students in the master programs of earth and applied sciences, respectively, and focus on the occurrence of rock formations (lithofacies) and the microbiology of the ecosystem in their respective theses.

The most recent research trip by the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg was headed by Dr. Thomas Pohl. The work performed also serves as a preparation for the main expedition to Panarea in early September with around 20 participating students and scientists. During the upcoming trip, measuring instruments designed and developed at the Chair of Technical Thermodynamics last year are planned to be tested, among other things.“

Madlen Domaschke, press office of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg


MDR Info radio report on the SDC Freiberg

On 30 March 2017, the scientific heads of the SDC Freiberg (Prof. Fieback and Prof. Merkel) were invited to a radio interview with the station MDR Info. Among other things, the talk was focused on the training block course for scientists from external institutions from 07 - 16 July 2017. There are still some free places available for the course. The interview was broadcast on 31 March 2017 at 6.27 pm.

This once again underlines the strong interest in the interdisciplinary training of students and scientists in the field of scientific diving.


3rd European Conference on Scientific Diving

  • What: Europe's most important international conference on the topic of scientific diving
  • When: 22 - 23 March 2017
  • Where: Funchal, Madeira

A large number of members of the Scientific Diving Center will be on site and presenting the work of the SDC Freiberg through lectures and posters. Information about the conference and its results will be available in the near future.


Review: Annual General Meeting 2017

On 06 January 2017, this year's Annual General Meeting took place in the new canteen (neue Mensa) of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. As guest speaker, we welcomed Prof. Franz Brümmer from the University of Stuttgart, who is also the president of the VDST. He spoke on the topic of “scientific diving on biocoenoses”. Furthermore, we informed about the continuation and expansion of the SDC Freiberg. Of course, as always, food and drinks were also provided for everyone - thanks Jaqueline ;-)

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GeoWID GmbH on site at the fair BOOT (boat) 2016

Richard Stanulla and Robert Ganz will represent their own company, the GeoWID GmbH, on site at the trade fair BOOT (boat) 2016, taking place from 23 to 31 January. With their own business, the two of them have turned their hobby into profession, and are happy to welcome you at their booth.

Logo of the trade fair BOOT (boat) in DüsseldorfThe international trade show BOOT (boat) in Düsseldorf is the world's largest and most important boat fair happening annually in January on the grounds of the Messe (fair) Düsseldorf on the right bank of the Rhine River.

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  • Booth of the GeoWID GmbH at the trade fair BOOT (boat) 2016
  • Bronze sculpture of a scuba diver as a business card holder of the Scientific Diving Center and the GeoWID GmbH at the trade fair BOOT (boat) 2016

Annual General Meeting 2016

Like every year, all scientific divers who successfully completed their training at last year's expedition to Panrea were handed their brevets as “Scientific Diver” and “Advanced Scientific Diver”, respectively. Especially noteworthy was the graduation of Jaqueline Engel (on the far left of the picture), one of the trainers at the SDC, as “Scientific Diving Instructor”.

Group photo of the 2016 scientific diving graduates


Media appearances of the SDC 2015 - early 2016

Article in the magazine “DIVING”: The Scientific Diving Center Freiberg is pleased to have been featured in the renowned magazine “DIVING”.

The German station MDR has published a radio recording on the subject of scientific diving in Freiberg at its radio event in the Chemnitz region.

The German channel ZDF has shown a great TV report about the TANA Ammelshain. The footage includes insightful interviews with Thomas and aspiring Scientific Divers, as well as spectacular underwater shots.

Moreover, the university's press center has also published a couple of articles about the SDC earlier this year, namely “Science divers back from their expedition to Iraq” and “Research and education at the Scientific Diving Center”.


Experience reports 2015

(Notification of 04 January 2016)

The Scientific Diving Center Freiberg wishes you all a happy and healthy New Year!

Looking back on the past field trip to Panarea, in the following you will find a few student reports on their personal experiences:

Anna-Lena (geology):

The fortnight-long expedition of the Scientific Diving Center took us to Panarea, a small island north of Sicily. In advance, it was very beneficial that everyone could decide whether or not to arrange the trip there individually. On site, we were divided into several groups according to our study program or preference.

We were housed in various accommodations and thereby roughly divided into working groups, which benefited the team meetings. I myself was a support diver for a fellow student of the geo-group who worked on her master thesis. Our cooperation above and under water went very smoothly: I helped her with the sampling, and we did the mapping, drawing, and photographing together.

Performing three dives a day was very exhausting, as one also had to take some refreshment in between and didn't have a lot of break time. In the evening, we had to prepare the protocols before going to sleep.

On other days, though, we would only do one dive and could use the remaining time to look around the island or go snorkeling in one of the beautiful bays.

The diving itself was great fun, and the whole flora and fauna, as well as the submarine gas and water outlets were very impressive.

Another highlight was the ascent of the active volcano Stromboli with an overnight stay on the beach. The good group dynamics further contributed to making this field trip a great experience.

Martin (microbiology):

For me, the expedition to Panarea was great fun and just as great an experience. The days started early and ended late, were relatively tightly organized, and there was always lots to do. All this, however, was not disturbing at all.

The dives and dive spots were amazing, both from a scientific perspective and simply because of their beauty. After finishing your work underwater, and in case there was still enough air left in the tank, you could just enjoy diving along the stunning underwater scenery: between swarming fish, past moray eels, watching an octopus and evading stinging jellyfish when surfacing (maybe not all in one dive ...).

The island itself was also very appealing: In the morning and evening you could smell the flowers, and the local people were very friendly to us - even though they had to endure our miserable attempts to speak Italian. If you had the time for it, you could also explore some of the attractive hiking trails on site. The ascent of the volcano Stromboli was a memorable experience: After a long march, we sat on top of the crater rim on warm ash. There was a noticeable smell of sulfur, and about a hundred meters below us, low levels of lava was popping up.

The whole experience alone would have already been very exciting for me. But what made this trip even better was the fact that I was fortunate to be in such pleasant company of very nice, relaxed, and effervescent people. Of course, we were all very focused on our assignments, had lots of discussions about our respective challenges, and constantly had to resort to our improvising skills.

But all of that almost always happened in a humorous atmosphere, and we never passed up a quip whenever the opportunity presented itself. The cooking sessions in the evening - usually comprising pasta with tomato sauce and cheese - were not very varied, but always a blast, as we would sit together on the terrace, talking, joking, and commenting on each other's work like a smart aleck ;-)

Thomas was very caring to us when the first earaches occurred after around 4-5 days. Throughout the whole expedition, I gained a lot of technical expertise. Whenever you discovered something new, somebody within the group was able to elaborate on it - whether it was related to diving technology, flora, fauna, geology, meteorology, boats, ocean currents, or even cultural details. Representatives of all pertinent disciplines were present on site, willing to share their knowledge - and finally, someone else wanted to learn about it ;-) And oneself was happy when able to explain something to others.

Although the expedition was very expensive and took a lot of preparing, it was definitely worth all the efforts.

Sophie (biology/ecology):

After fulfilling the prerequisites for participation in the expedition, namely through successful completion of the module “Scientific Diving I” as well as obtaining the diving certificate CMAS**, I embarked on the trip to Panarea on 28 August. Together with 30 other participants, I stayed on the island until 11 September 2015.

Panarea is a small island located in the southern Thyrrenian Sea, about 50 km north of Sicily, and is part of the active volcanic system of the Stromboli. From our accommodation on the island, we also had a grandstand view of the same. Around the island, underwater characteristics typical of an active volcanic system, such as gas leaks and hydrothermal fluids, can be observed.

For ten years now, the Scientific Diving Center has been traveling to Panarea each year with students from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg in order to conduct underwater research. The special feature of this island is its shallow water depth - varying between 15 and a maximum of 26 m - which offers scientific divers direct sampling opportunities as well as the possibility of in-situ investigations. That way, it is feasible to explore a volcanic system, which would not be achievable on the earth's surface, as the volcanic and atmospheric gases immediately mix.

Sophie with her dive buddy Lena with the counting frame for the seagrassAll participants had already gathered in working groups in advance, since many things had to be prepared even before the start of the expedition. Above all, the necessary technical and scientific on-site equipment had to be sorted out, as it had been sent to the island in a box upfront. I myself belonged to the group of biologists and ecologists, but we had four other groups covering the scientific fields of geology, gas and water chemistry, microbiology, and temperature and heat measurement.

Within my group, we dealt with seaweed fields and macroalgae, particularly red algae. To this end, we investigated whether there is a depth gradient with regard to the plant height and density of shoots of seaweeds, and which macroalgae occur within the seaweed beds. In addition, we also sampled snails and growing seaweed in order to later examine them on microplastics.

Counting frame within a seaweed field to record the number of shootsApart from our work, we also had a lot of fun, both while diving and ashore. At the halfway point, we spent two days without diving and climbed up the Stromboli, which for me was very impressive. At dusk, we went all the way up to the crater with a guide, so that we arrived there in the dark and could observe several lava fountains, which is really awesome! Equipped with headlamps, respiratory and eye protection against the fine ash particles, we then descended the volcano again. Afterwards, we treated ourselves to a pizza, and then stayed and slept at the beach under beautiful starry skies.

Also, there was a lot to observe and explore during our dives in addition to the scientific work, especially for someone like me who had never dived in the sea before. The variety of plants and marine creatures is very impressive indeed! From sea urchins to mussels, plaice, a barracuda, fireworms, jellyfish, moray eels and sea cucumbers, there was always something new to discover on every dive.

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Review of the general meeting of the German Academy of Underwater Sciences (GAUSS)

(Notification of 03 July 2015)

On 03 July 2015, the inaugural general meeting of the German Academy of Underwater Sciences (GAUSS) was held at the Institute for Geology of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. As not all members were able to travel to Freiberg, the meeting was also carried out as an online conference via Skype. The old board of directors was unanimously exonerated from their duties, and the new one - comprising 4 members - was subsequently elected. In addition to the new and former CEO, Prof. Dr. B. Merkel, Christin Müller, as well as Johann and Gerald Barth, are now represented on the board.

Recently, an intranet - created as a Wiki documentation - has been additionally established. It enables the members to put forward their suggestions, wishes and criticisms in a mutual exchange of ideas.

The GAUSS considers itself the future umbrella organization of scientific diving in Germany. As a central point of contact for scientific diving in Germany, it should soon be possible to seek their specialized expertise, e.g. on insurance matters.

It was decided to expand the academy's public relations activities; that is, comprehensive information about the GAUSS members and their projects will be published on the official website to foster new synergies. There are plans to prepare a list of experts via a profile of each of the institutional members. Thus, expert teams for specific subject areas can be put together.

A major incentive to join the GAUSS lies in the large number of scientific publications that will soon be made freely available to all members through an internal download area.

Further education should also become an important part of their portfolio. What is more, the academy would like to increase their public presence, for instance at the annual international fair “BOOT” in Düsseldorf as well as at various training fairs.

In addition to the regular general meeting, other public gatherings are planned to be held in the future, in order to encourage lively discussions for non-members as well.

All in all, it was a very successful event.


Announcement: General meeting of the GAUSS on 03 July 2015

(Notification of 11 May 2015)

Prof. Dr. Broder J. Merkel from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg invites all members to the general meeting of the GAUSS (German Academy of Underwater Sciences).

The gathering will take place on Friday, 03 July 2015 at 1.00 pm.

Venue:

  • 09599 Freiberg, Gustav-Zeuner-Straße 12, Otto Meisser building (conference room)

Worldwide virtual participation in the board meeting is possible using a Skype account. Apart from the software, fully functional hardware (i.e. speakers/microphone or headphone and, if possible, a camera/webcam installed on the employed device) as well as a stable internet connection are needed.


Registration for the module Scientific Diving I: Practical exercises (indoor / outdoor swimming pool training)

(Notification of 14 March 2015)

The practical excercises as part of the module “Scientific Diving I” will begin at the start of the summer semester.

Registration dates:

  • 07 - 08 April 2015, 11.00 am – 1.00 pm; place: new canteen (Neue Mensa)

Annual General Meeting on 09 January 2015 including the awarding of the scientific diving certifications

Participants are sitting in the new canteen (Neue Mensa) during the annual general meeting on 09 January 2015

With more than 50 guests, an above-average number of participants turned up for the 2015 AGM. As part of the event, Prof. Dr. Hermann Ehrlich gave an exciting and compelling insight into the topics of biomineralization and marine sponges.

Afterwards, the importance of the interlocking between research and diving was demonstrated in 2 informative presentations on the German Network of Scientific Divers “GAUSS - German Academy of Underwater Sciences” as well as the “Scientific Diving Resort” of the VDST (German Association of Scuba Divers/Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher).

The evening culminated in the awarding of the CMAS diving certificates “Scientific Diver” and “Advanced Scientific Diver”. A total of 15 graduates, including a Spaniard, a US American and a Syrian, successfully completed their scientific diving training. The international team of the Scientific Diving Center Freiberg could personally award 12 diving brevets to the respective graduates on site (see group photo).

The showing of the professional-looking video documentation of the 2014 expedition to Panarea, Italy, brought this year's gathering to a close. With many guests, including from Reykjavík, the event once again was a huge success and constituted a further motivational incentive for the continuous development of scientific diving operations in Freiberg.

Group photo of the 2015 scientific diving graduates


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► 2014

Scientific divers back from Iraq

Just in time for New Year's Eve, the team of researchers flew back to Germany. A detailed report on their trip can be read on the website of the university's press office.

From left to right: Dr. Thomas Pohl, Julius Pätzold, Kevin Schmelzer, Matti Seifert, Marc Hildebrand

Annual General Meeting on 09 January 2015 at 7.00 pm, venue: new canteen (Neue Mensa), conference room


Announcement of upcoming diving camps in 2015:

  • Camp 1: 12 - 14 June 2015, Senftenberg
  • Camp 2: 19 - 21 June 2015, TANA, Ammelshain
  • Camp 3: 26 - 28 June 2015, TANA, Ammelshain
  • Block course (external participants): 12 - 21 June 2015

German Academy of Underwater Sciences - GAUSS

Finally, the Academy of Underwater Sciences (GAUSS) e.V. has been registered at the local court in Chemnitz in the register of associations (registry no. VR 3151).

Founding members of the GAUSS at the “3rd International Workshop - Research in Shallow Marine and Fresh Water Systems” in Bremen from 14 to 15 January 2013

About GAUSS:

The German Academy of Underwater Sciences is a national alliance for the promotion of underwater research work and training through scientific diving. Hence, GAUSS serves as a network for the exchange of scientific expertise in the field of diving.

Anybody willing to report on their current projects, publications, workshops, or field trips is invited to contribute to this newly created forum.

For more information, please visit the official GAUSS website.

Scientific diver at work under water


Report about the SDC in the TV show “Sachsenspiegel” (Reflecting Saxony) on the German channel “MDR

On 19 June 2014, the German broadcasting station “MDR” accompanied the team of the Scientific Diving Center Freiberg for one of their training sessions in the local swimming pool “Johannisbad”. The weekly pool training is essential to master the scientific diving techniques properly, as they are merely a means for sub-aquatic research.

You can also watch the MDR report on Youtube.

Various procedures and devices, which will be employed during the upcoming diving expedition to the island of Panarea in the fall, are tested during training. The so-called “workload” in particular presents a major challenge for the divers.

They are often equipped with many different tools that make them look like Christmas trees. In addition to the weekly training in the swimming pool, the SDC offers three weekend diving camps. These take place in lakes providing more demanding conditions such as a lower visibility not exceeding 5 meters and temperatures down to 6 °C.

This way, a high quality diver training as well as an effective and safe work under water can be ensured.


Foundation of the start-up company “GeoWiD”

Two graduates of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg who are also scientific divers have recently realized their dream of creating their own business, the GeoWiD GmbH.

You can find more detailed information on the start-up in the following press releases (in German):

Moreover, you can check out the company's website.


SDC and start-up “GeoWiD” presented in the German diving magazine “TAUCHEN” (Diving)

Exemplary cover of the German diving magazine “TAUCHEN” (Diving)

The scientific diver training at the SDC of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, as well as the start-up business “GeoWiD”, which focuses on dealing with geoscientific issues above and under water, are both presented in the current issue of the German diving magazine “TAUCHEN” (Diving).

Further information are also available on the magazine's Facebook page.


9th Chemnitz meet-up “Underwater photo- and videography”

Event poster of the 9th Chemnitz meet-up “Underwater photo- and videography”On Saturday, 15 March 2014, the 9th gathering on the topic of sub-aquatic photo and video documentation took place in Chemnitz. Three representatives of the Scientific Diving Center, namely Andreas Trepte, Elke Eckardt and Sylke Kluge, also contributed to the annual event. The lecture of Sylke Kluge titled “Vom Elfenbeinturm ins kühle Nass” (Out of the ivory tower and into the cool water) was of special interest for the attendees.

Participants of the 9th meet-up “Underwater photo- and videography” 2014 in ChemnitzThe meeting provides a platform for interested underwater photo- and videographers on which they can present themselves in short talks without any competitive character. It has developed into a supra-regional event over the past years. Initially, all speakers came only from the Chemnitz region; however, they now hail from all parts of the new German federal states (former East Germany). Altogether, this year's program included 9 presentations from different diving areas of the world.


Sensational finding: Researchers from Freiberg discover tropical coral reef in Iraq

Octocoral Manella with different brittle stars (image section equals 30 cm); picture: Dr. Thomas Pohl, TU Bergakademie FreibergScientists from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg have found a living coral reef off the Iraqi coast spanning 28 m2. They have encountered the unknown reef in the turbid coastal waters by chance.

It was hitherto considered improbable for corals to settle in such extreme conditions as they occur within this maritime region. The researchers present their results in the latest issue of the journal “Scientific Reports” of the Nature Publishing Group.

Further information can be found in the corresponding press release by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. The scientific findings have also been published as a Paper in the renowned scientific journal “Nature Geoscience”. Moreover, additional press reports can be found online as follows:


Scientific diver of the SDC Freiberg presented on the German TV station “ZDF

Diver in the lake Alatsee; text in the bottom left-hand corner of the picture: “Der Blutsee - Geheimnisvoller Alatsee” (The Blood Lake - Mysterious Alatsee)Qualified geoecologist (Dipl.-Geoökol.) Christin Müller of the SDC, who is also a graduate of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, researches and dives in the lake Alatsee near the castle Neuschwanstein. Together with Prof. Dr. Franz Brümmer from the University of Stuttgart, she examines the purple sulfur bacteria in the Alatsee.

Scientists are puzzled by a singular phenomenon in the Alatsee: a pink layer of sulfur bacteria. Underneath this layer are thousands of years old deep waters. So far, the source of the sulfur has not been figured out. Even more impressive is the discovery of animal life in this oxygen-free zone: Fish, freshwater jellyfish and insect larvae have been spotted here; moreover, unique unicellular organisms and different bacteria that normally never co-exist have been discovered in this area.

As diving in sulphurous water can be hazardous, only scientists are allowed to dive in the Alatsee.

The German TV channel “ZDF” has accompanied the two aforementioned researchers for the station's “Terra Xpress” program.

A detailed report on the scientific investigations conducted in the Alatsee can be found in the November/December 2013 issue of the VDST magazine “Sporttaucher” (Scuba divers).


SDC at the trade fair BOOT 2014

From 18 to 26 January 2014, the team of the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, along with members of the German Academy of Underwater Sciences (GAUSS), as well as the two associates of the GeoWiD GmbH Freiberg, Richard Stanulla and Robert Ganß, were on-site at this year's trade fair BOOT - the world's largest and most important international boat show - at the VDST booth B 53/54 in hall 3.

Check out our photo gallery of an interesting and eventful week.


Announcement: Annual General Meeting of the SDC Freiberg on 10 January 2014

On 10 January 2014, the Scientific Diving Center Freiberg will hold its Annual General Meeting in the new canteen (neue Mensa) from 6.00 to 10.00 pm.

  • Venue: Conference room 1.03, Agricolastraße 10a, 09599 Freiberg
  • Main topics:
    • Evaluation of the 2013 expedition to Panarea, Italy
    • Awarding of the CMAS Scientific Diving brevets as well as the participation certificates to the 2013 graduates
    • First broadcast of the video documentation about the work on the topic of “Submarine volcanism on the island of Panarea, Italy”
    • Review of more than 10 years of scientific diving at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg
  • Registration by email to infoatsdc [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de
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► 2013

Open day of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on 03 June 2013

Visitors chat with members of the Scientific Diving Center team at the open day of the TU Bergakademie FreibergOn 03 June 2013, the team of the Scientific Diving Center was present at the open day of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Their booth attracted many interested visitors. Above all, the fascinating pictures and videos caught their eyes. Overall, it was a very successful event for the SDC.

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News from the trade fair “BOOT” (Boat) in Düsseldorf

(Notification of 22 January 2012)

Visitors at the BOOT 2012 in DüsseldorfIn the week from 21 to 29 January 2012, the SDC team of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg was in Düsseldorf at this year's trade fair “BOOT” (Boat), the world's largest exhibition for water sports. Joining the stand of the VDST (Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher / Association of German Scuba Divers), the SDC presented its nationwide unique training as a scientific diver.

Right from the first weekend, the fair was very well attended, and the SDC booth attracted a great deal of interest from both visitors as well as trade fair colleagues - not least because of the scaled model of the submarine volcanic study area off the island of Panarea (Italy).

A variety of selected video footage of past expeditions of the SDC illustrated the research work of scientific divers above and under water. The stand attendees were impressed by the possibilities the Scientific Diving Center offers students at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg. Above all, this includes the certified training as a scientific diver, within which the participants learn the theoretical basics as well as the practical application of scientific diving in different modules.

The first module, spanning two semesters and comprising lectures, swimming pool training as well as two diving camps, teaches theoretical and practical foundations for the challenging sub-aquatic scientific work. The subsequent second module includes a 14-day research stay abroad and completes the scientific diver training. Graduates are awarded with the Scientific Diver Brevet of the World Underwater Federation CMAS.

In addition to promoting the training opportunities in Freiberg, the trade show also serves as a place to establish new contacts with specialist companies as well as associations and institutions with regard to sponsoring and cooperations.


TU Bergakademie Freiberg represented by scientific divers at the trade fair “BOOT” (Boat) in Düsseldorf from 21 to 29 January 2012

This year, the Scientific Diving Center of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will once again be represented at the exhibition “BOOT” (Boat) in Düsseldorf. You will find the SDC team at the booth B53/54 of the VDST (Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher / Association of German Scuba Divers) in hall 3.

Our stand will be occupied as follows:

  • 21 - 23 January: Marco, Katja and Nadja
  • 24 - 26 January: Richard, Gerald and Elke
  • 27 - 29 January: Robert, Mandy, Broder and Thomas
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► 2011

Scientific Diving Center Freiberg presents itself at conference in Southern Italy

(Notification of 09 November 2011)

From 09 to 12 November 2011, the 3rd International Symposium on Occupational Scientific Diving of the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) was held in Porto Cesareo (Southern Italy) as a workshop of the AIOSS (Associazione Italiana Operatori Scientifici Subacquei). The Scientific Diving Center Freiberg was represented on site by Mandy Schipek, Christin Müller and Marco Ponepal.

In order to meet the high interdisciplinary demands of scientific tasks under water, a wide range of different topics with a focus on geology, biology, archeology and marine technology was introduced to the audience. The SDC presented new research results in two lectures on “Continuous measurement of gas discharge at Point 21, Panarea, Italy” and “Gas geochemistry at the submarine volcano Panarea, Italy - Results from 2006 - 2011”.

The lectures were supplemented with poster presentations, which gave rise to many interesting discussions with experts from all fields. The Italian flair - sea view, a mild breeze and typical local food - added very nicely to the program.

A great “Grazie mille” to all the organizers of the symposium - notably Massimo Ponti from the University of Bologna.


Scientific divers of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg on site at the fair “BOOT” (Boat) 2011 in Düsseldorf

(Notification of 22 January 2011)

Just like last year, the team of the SDC Freiberg will be present at the trade show “BOOT” (Boat) in Düsseldorf. Anyone interested in visiting us on site can find us in hall 3 at the stand B53/54 of the VDST (Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher / Association of German Scuba Divers).

Occupation of our booth:

  • 22 - 26 January 2011: Elke, Gerald, Mandy and Robert
  • 28 - 30 January 2011: Christin, Marco and Thomas
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