Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2011 was held in Portovenere (La Spezia), the First National Conference on the History of Oceanography. Housed in Ca 'Bertocchi, belonging to the local branch of the LNG SpA Italy, the conference was jointly organized by the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and from the Historical Oceanography Society (HOS). The scientific symposium had, as its primary purpose, the promotion, dissemination and use of knowledge of the history of oceanography, in the belief that it represents an important and significant element in the advancement of science and marine technology. This conference was the first of such a meeting for the Italian scientific institutions and experts on the history of oceanography. It had also the aim of spreading the culture and history at the same time, to raise awareness in the scientific community about the necessary actions to identify, preserve and maintain books, documents and equipment that have had particular significance in marine research of the past centuries. Among the institutions that participated in the conference with a presentation of its history there have been INGV, ENEA, CNR, the Hydrographic Institute of the Navy, OGS, CoNISMa, the NURC. Numerous and very interesting reports of the invited speakers, focusing on the characters and the history of oceanography in our country. Two moments of particular importance and intensity: the ceremony of the HOS Award to Dr. Roberto Frassetto, as a pioneer of physical oceanography in Italy and the evening event with Folco Quilici, who gave memories and images of "Sixty years of wrecks in the seas of the world ".
The Society is a non-profit organization, and pursues exclusively social objectives.
It focuses its activities mainly in:
- promotion, dissemination, valorisation of knowledge of the history of oceanography, as important and significant elements in the advancement of marine science and technology;
- identification, preservation and conservation of books, documents and equipment that have had particular significance in marine research of the past centuries, with particular emphasis on European activity in this area, starting from the greek-Roman times, to get to the great scientific expeditions of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century;
- raise awareness among the agencies and research institutions, both national and international, to the preservation and conservation of documents and equipment also recent, but of potential historical value, which often are lost due to the dramatic turn-over and lack of technological rules in this.