The International Academy of Underwater Sciences and Technique gathers all the Tridente d'Oro awardees; the prize, the golden trident, was founded in 1960 and is considered the Nobel for Underwater activities.
Indeed, is the most prestigious international award for excellence in science, technique and technology for underwater and hyperbaric activities, and for merits in sport, exploration, artistic and informative activities regarding the underwater world.
The Academy is sited in - and it is member of - the CMAS, Global Confederation for Underwater Activities. It is acknowledged by the Réseau des Accademies Méditerranéens of UNESCO and it is part of the Advisory Board of the Research Project Cognitive Robots for Cooperation with Divers in Marine Environments financed by the EU Commission.
During its 53-years-activity, 190 important persons have been awarded with the Tridente D'oro prize: e.g. Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Walt Disney, Folco Quilici, Jacques Piccard, Enzo Maiorca; plus scientists, researchers, pioneers, journalists and professors, less well-known but globally outstanding for excellence in their sector.
Furthermore, the academy is considered the even-handed forum for interdisciplinary debate.
Besides awarding the Tridente d'Oro, the Academy pursues acknowledgment, awareness, fostering and publishing of underwater activities of any kind – scientific, technical, artistic, cultural and sporting- as well as the importance of underwater heritage in an interdisciplinary context. Indeed, the Academy organizes stages, seminars, congresses as well as research and studies publications.
The former editions of the Tridente d'Oro award took place in the Ustica Island, Palermo, from 1960 to 2008, in Rome in 2009 and in Anzio, Rome, in 2010. Since 2011, the awarding ceremony has been hosted by the city of Genoa. Firstly, it took place in the Sala delle Grida, part of the Palazzo della Borsa; then in 2012 it was hosted by the 52nd International Nautical Show in Genoa. Finally, in 2013 it took place in the Aquarium of Genoa.
Genoa has always been a hub for underwater industrial and cultural activities, besides being sponsor of many national and international underwater initiatives. Indeed, this city witnessed underwater pioneers such as Luigi Ferraro, Duilio Marcante and Egidio Cressi. In 1952, Ferrero gave the first International Course for frogmen firefighters and for the following fifteen years the city hosted the Fire brigade National Training Centre and the Carabinieri Training Centre for underwater activities. In Genoa was established the first Italian diving sporting centre, as well as one of the first in the world. Many important factories for diving equipment and underwater instruments have their head office in the Genoa province. In 1954, the Christ of the Abyss was placed on the San Fruttuoso di Camogli seabed; it was the first statue placed under the sea, since then it has been a point for pilgrimages of divers from all over the world.
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