We are excited to announce this year’s conference

from 5th to 7th of October 2021 in Hamburg



Are you a young marine researcher or early career scientist?

Are you contributing to a better, sustainable future of our oceans with your idea or your work?

We are looking forward to hear about you and your research, project, story or idea at the YOUMARES12


Submit your abstract to one of our sessions or host a workshop on the conference.  

Call for abstracts is open upon the 1st of June 2021 


The YOUMARES is an international conference for early career scientist working in an any ocean related field. Since 2009, it has taken place each year with different scientific topics related to marine sciences. Bringing together 300 participants from all over the world, we provide the stage for an interdisciplinary community of young early career marine researchers – bachelor, master and PhD students – and young ocean enthusiasts. The conference is a platform for presenting and discussing your ongoing research while building up a network with other young marine researchers. 

We invite you to share your ideas on how to solve the problems our oceans are facing today and become an active part in solving the challenges on the way to an intelligent preservation and a sustainable management of the oceans. 


With the beginning of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development the UN identified key societal outcomes which should be achieved until 2030. Those cover a variety of ocean related fields and simultaneously touch upon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) The goals of the Ocean Decade will be a guiding framework of this conference series over the next 10 years.  

The YOUMARES 12 is organized in close cooperation with the GEOMAR- Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung and will take place from 05.-07. October 2021 online and on board of the Cap San Diego Museumsschiff, Überseebrücke in Hamburg. Besides the presentations in the nine sessions related to goal 1 “Clean Oceans”, the conference will host workshops and invited keynote speakers.   

For the first time, four summer and winter workshops will frame the main event, as one day satellite events, and bring together ideas from a diverse field of research interests (locations and dates of the workshops will be announced shortly; separate registration for the workshop is necessary). 


Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference is based on a hybrid concept. Bringing together benefits from a digital world together with lively discussions in small groups, strictly complying with the respective current Covid-19 regulations.