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Abstract submission for the YOUMARES 10 is now closed.

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Session chair: Prof. Dr. Dieter Hanelt – Universität Hamburg

Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The ‘blue’ economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in a number of areas which are highlighted within the strategy.‘ (

Session: Blue Growth I – Aquaculture and fisheries

In 2016 total fish production reached an all-time high of 171 million tonnes, over the last 50 years fish consumption has doubled. The growing demand challenges the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture and puts pressure on natural resources. How can we archive SDG 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development? How is the status of the fish stocks? What are the roles and contributions of the various actors from small fishing communities tointernational fishing companies?

Session: Blue Growth II – Marine Biotechnology

Biotechnology is present in our everyday life and biotechnological methods have always been a part of human culture.

In this session we want to take a closer look at some aspects of blue biotechnology, the diverse forms, physiology, structures and chemistry of marine organisms, the potential of marine resources and the challenges. Which new processes and products can be found? In which ways can they be used? Many marine organisms and ecosystems are still unexplored – We are exited to hear about your research!

Session: Climate Change

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Inga Hense – Universität Hamburg

The three drivers of ongoing climate change – warming including heatwaves, ocean acidification and deoxygenation – affect the marine ecosystem in various ways. Physiological and ecological responses but even genetic adaptation of organisms have been observed. Not surprisingly, there is evidence for pronounced changes in entire ecosystems with effects on their functions and services. This session seeks to advance our understanding about what is already known about climate change effects on different temporal and spatial scales and what may be expected in future. Contributions from physics and biology as well as from laboratory studies, field work, remote sensing analyses and modelling studies are highly welcome.

Session: Marine Pollution

Plastic, oil, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, sewage, detergents, noise – the types of marine pollution generated by humans are vast. The impact on the marine ecosystems drastic. We want to hear about your research, weather you are studying the transport of pollutants from streams to the ocean, the impact of microplastic, chemicals or fertilizers on organisms or working on ways to reduce the pollution of our oceans.

Session: Marine Biodiversity

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa (CeNak – Universität Hamburg)

The amount of life in the oceans is enormous. Are you researching genetic, species, ecosystem or functional diversity? Working on species or functional groups that play critical roles in ecosystem processes? On the influences the loss of one species can have on the whole ecosystem? There are many ways how marine organisms have direct and indirect effect on the health of the oceans. We are looking forward to hear about your research!

Open Session:

Session Chair: Christine Rundt – Oceans & Lakes – Vrije Universiteit Brussel

The oceans are vast, diverse, complex and full of astonishing organisms and systems to be explored. Thus research in marine science is often transdisciplinary and may not fit into one specific topic. If you want to present your research but feel that your research does not fit into one of the sessions, you can submit your abstract for the Open Session.