Arne Zetterström Award – Conditions and Rules

Arne Zetterström (1917 – 1945) is best known for his research with the breathing mixture hydrox for the Swedish Navy.

Zetterström first described the use of hydrogen as a breathing gas in 1943. From 1943 to 1944, a total of six ocean dives were made utilising this mixture with the deepest to 160 metres (96% hydrogen and 4% oxygen). On 7 August 1945 Zetterström experienced technical problems diving from HSwMS Belos. His support divers misread his signals and this was followed by a rapid ascent that resulted in severe decompression sickness and hypoxia.

To promote the Scientific Poster as a good way to spread scientific information, EUBS decided in 1998 to initiate the "Zetterström Award" for the best poster presentation at the EUBS Annual Meeting. The award for the best poster consists of a diploma and one free registration fee (paid by EUBS) to the next EUBS Annual Meeting.

Authors submitting a poster abstract for the Zetterström Award must bear in mind that the prize is conditional to submitting their paper for peer review to Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine within 12 months. The final decision by DHM Editorial Office, whether the paper will be published, is not relevant, only the submission of a paper of sufficient quality to be peer-reviewed.

The authors who wish to participate in the Zetterström award should indicate this intention on their abstract submission form and declare that no other Journal is currently has accepted or is reviewing the poster or paper. The registration fee for the winner will be reimbursed by the EUBS ExCom upon a formal reimbursement request to EUBS ExCom by the awardee. Only the amount of the early registration fee will be reimbursed.

Patrick Musimu Award – Conditions and rules

Patrick Musimu (1970 – 2011), born in Kinshasa, Zaire, was a Belgian freediver, sports business manager, and physiotherapist. Musimu began freediving only in 1999 at the age of 28. On 30 June 2005, he beat the previous "No Limits" world record in freediving by almost 40 meters by diving to 209 meters. This record was unofficial as according to Musimu, extreme deep freediving should not be considered as a competitive sport but as a personal achievement and adventure.

His secret lay in relentless training and meticulous preparation, but special attention should be given to his ear-clearing technique: instead of equalizing his ears by the regular maneuvers, he flooded his sinuses and middle ear cavities with seawater during descent to depths where ordinary equalization would become hard. On 21 July 2011 Musimu died while pool training alone in Brussels, Belgium.

The Musimu Award is given by the Belgian Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine for the best poster or oral presentation on Breathhold Diving. The winner is encouraged to submit a paper for their presentation to DHM, however, this is no prerequisite for receiving the prize.

The prize consists of a diploma and a reimbursement of the registration fee for the next year's EUBS conference for one of the authors of the winning presentation. It is reimbursed by the Belgian Society for Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine upon a formal reimbursement request.

Travel grants for students – Conditions and Rules

To encourage young scientists and students to attend the meeting, EUBS in 1997 agreed to allocate up to a maximum of 2.500 Euro to be offered to students as Student Travel Grant to the Society’s Annual Meetings. The following conditions apply:

  1. The applicant shall be registered as a full-time university student in a relevant field.

  2. The applicant shall be working towards a scientific degree with relevance to diving or hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

  3. The applicant shall submit an abstract to that year's Annual Meeting, which must be accepted for presentation.

  4. Oral and poster presentations will be equally acceptable.

  5. The number of students receiving a travel grant may vary from one year to another, depending on the number of applicants.

  6. The absolute size of each individual travel grant may vary according to the actual size of travel expenses, but the relative amount, i.e. percent of travel cost on economy class, will be the same for all recipients in one particular year. The maximum amount attributed is 800 Euros per applicant. This amount is destined for travel costs only (flight + hotel), not e.g. poster printing.

  7. The deadline for the submission of applications is the same as the Deadline for Submission of Abstracts.

  8. The application must be made by e-mail to and must include:

    1. A statement from the student's supervisor confirming that the student is registered as a full-time university student in a relevant field and is currently working towards a scientific degree.

    2. An abstract submitted for presentation in the meeting.

    3. A provisional budget on travel expenses to the meeting. The travel should be as economical as possible. Hotel rooms will only be considered for the duration of the Scientific Meeting, not before or after.

  9. Evaluation of applications and selection of recipients will be performed by a committee consisting of two members of the local Scientific Committee of the meeting, plus one member of the EUBS Executive Committee.

A Research Grant has been created by EUBS General Assembly decision; for 2018, the amount available is 4.000 Euro. This Research Grant is an incentive for young researchers involved in diving and hyperbaric medicine. The following conditions apply:

  1. The applicant must be employed by or working for a Research Institution and must be working on an approved research protocol.

  2. The applicant must submit an abstract and participate in the next EUBS Annual Scientific Meeting.

  3. In the final report of the research, EUBS financial support must be acknowledged; EUBS Excom needs to receive a copy (paper or pdf) of the final published paper or PhD thesis.

  4. The applicant is encouraged to submit the scientific paper to the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal.

  5. The application must be made by e-mail to and must include:

    1. A statement from the applicant’s Research Institute Director confirming that applicant is employed by this Institute as a researcher and is working on an approved research protocol in the relevant field.

    2. An abstract submitted for presentation in the meeting.