Presenters and Listeners – Register now!

We want to welcome you at YOUMARES 9 in Oldenburg!

The registration is now open: If you want to participate at the conference, please register soon. No matter, if you are a listener or a presenter: please go to Registration and choose the appropriate option.

You are very welcome as a listener: You do not have to present a talk or poster yourself to enjoy the whole conference.

This year’s Icebreaker Venue

We are very happy to introduce the State Museum for Nature and Man to you. We will have our YOUMARES icebreaker event in the cafeteria and exhibition rooms of the museum. This first social event of YOUMARES 9 will take place on Tuesday, 11 September, from 6 pm onwards. Enjoy a drink and get to know other young marine researchers.

Attending the icebreaker event does not have to be your only visit to the museum. All YOUMARES participants can visit the museum for free from 11 to 14 September. The museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day. Don’t miss the museums nice aquarium!


(see also the map below or go directly to Google Maps)
Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch
Damm 38-44
26135 Oldenburg

The State Museum for Nature and Man (in German: Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch) is a natural history, ethnology, and archaeology museum in the city of Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

The museum was opened in 1836 as Oldenburg’s first natural history museum by Grand Duke Paul Friedrich August. It moved to its current location in 1880. The museum presents collections of archaeology, ethnology, and natural museum, in permanent interdisciplinary exhibits, together with an aquarium. The building is southwest of the Schlossgarten Oldenburg.

The museum, one of the oldest (1836) in northwest Germany, focuses on the interaction between man and nature. The traditional disciplines of natural history, archaeology and ethnology are presented from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives with one unifying central theme: the landscape. Taking the diversity and the defining characteristics of different landscapes – fenland, sandy heathland, the coast and fertile marshland – as its starting points, and the river Hunte as a linking element, the overall museum concept illustrates the dovetailing of research, science and museum curation.

The exhibitions document the past, the present and offer a view of the future, using the latest technology to provide a critical appraisal of natural environments, their origins, development and cultural history.

In both permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum aims to optimize the relationship between exhibit, explanation and display.


For more info, please visit: (in German)

Außenaufnahmen: Kay Michalak – fotoetage

Innenaufnahmen: Landesmuseum Natur und Mensch, Jörg Schwanke


Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch
Damm 38-44
26135 Oldenburg


You are a friend of the ocean and interested in participating the conference as a listener?

You are very welcome at YOUMARES

You do not need to present a talk or a poster to participate. Just register for the conference from 30 June 2018 onwards and enjoy lots of interesting talks and conversations.

If you spontaneously want to listen for one day only, that’s fine too! Just drop by at the registration desk and register for the single day (for a reduces fee, of course).


We already got a lot of excellent applications for oral and poster presentations. However, we would like to give you another chance to actively participate YOUMARES 9. Therefore, we will postpone the deadline for abstract submissions to 30 June 2018. Please visit for further information.


The Oceans: Our research, Our Future
Oldenburg, 11 to 14th September 2018


We are glad to announce the sessions of the YOUMARES 9 edition:

  1. Could citizen scientists and voluntourists be the future for marine research and conservation?
    Hannah S. Earp, Arianna Liconti
  2. Towards a sustainable management of marine resources: integrating social and natural sciences
    Fanny Barz, Heike Schwermer
  3. Research at the interface of science and society
    Maximilian F. Schupp, Christina Hörterer
  4. Law and Policy Dimensions of Ocean Governance
    Pradeep A Singh, Mara Ort
  5. Species on the brink: navigating conservation in the Anthropocene
    Morgan L McCarthy, Thomas Luypaert, Meenakshi Poti, James G Hagan
  6. The challenge of marine restoration programs: habitats-based scientific research as a key to their success
    Laura Basconi, Charles Cadier, Gustavo Guerrero Limon
  7. Submerged in Plastic: impacts of plastic pollution on marine biota
    Natalie Prinz, Špela Korez
  8. Plastics in the environment – Analysing sources, pathways, occurrence, and means of tackling this form of pollution
    Rosanna Schöneich-Argent, Marten Fischer, Maurits Halbach
  9. Biodiversity of Benthic Holobionts: Chemical Ecology and Natural Products Chemistry in the Spotlight
    Elham Kamyab. Lars-Erik Petersen
  10. Trends in plankton ecology
    Katarzyna Walczyńska, Maciej Mańko
  11. Sponges (Porifera): Fantastic filter feeders
    Mainah Folkers, Titus Rombouts
  12. Advances in Cephalopod Research
    Chris J Barrett
  13. Higher temperatures and higher speed – Marine Bioinvasions in a changing world
    Philipp Laeseke, Jessica Schiller, Jonas Letschert
  14. Connecting the bentho-pelagic dots
    Santiago EA Pineda Metz
  15. Investigating the land-sea transition zone
    Stephan L Seibert, Julius M Degenhardt
  16. Tropical Marine Research Mosaic: combining small studies to reveal the bigger picture
    Javier Onate, Liam Lachs
  17. Bridging disciplines in the seasonal ice zone (SIZ)
    Tobias R Vonnahme, Ulrike Dietrich
  18. Crossing traditional scientific borders to unravel the complex interactions between organisms and their non-living environment
    Corinna Mori, Mara Heinrichs
  19. Open Session
    Viola Liebich


You are willing to contribute your research outcomes to one of the sessions above? Then submit now your abstract for oral and or poster presentation and a short CV. Have a look at the session descriptions and the abstract preparation guidelines and submit it to not later than May 31st 2018.


The session chairs will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for YOUMARES 9 based on objective criteria

If you want to register already without giving a presentation or showing a poster please contact


13 - 15 September 2017, Kiel

We were grateful to welcome so many participants to YOUMARES 8 at the University of Kiel. We hope that all of you enjoyed interesting talks, informative and helpful workshops and got to know a lot of other nice people. YOUMARES 8 was the biggest edition of our early career scientist community so far:

180 participants - 15 sessions - 94 talks - 26 posters

YOUMARES 8 was preceded by the annual meeting of the German Society of Marine Research (DGM) and the DGM-Forum. The icebreaker, which was as usual a shared event between the participants of the DGM-Forum and the participants of the YOUMARES, was held in the east shore buildings of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research. The last two days were full of scientific sessions, workshops, a poster session and keynote talks. For the latter, we welcomed Prof Dr Mojib Latif (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel) who introduced “The role of the oceans in climate change” and Dr Claudia Hanfland (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar an Marine Research, Bremerhaven) who gave a talk on “Career planning - Advice from the Cheshire Cat”.


Awards! Awards! Awards!

As a long time supporter, SPRINGER sponsored awards for the three best poster and oral presentations:

Best Poster:

  1. Clea van de Ven & Titus Rombouts - A deep-sea sponge loop? Tracing carbon and nitrogen from DOM to sponges and detritivores
  2. Mildred Johnson & Laura Hennings - The effect of elevated and fluctuating pCO2 concentrations on the growth of calcifying marine epibionts
  3. Enrico Armelloni - Embryonic ontogeny of upper beak in Octopus vulgaris

Best Talk:

  1. Nora-Charlotte Pauli – Fouling and degradation of plastic bags - an in situ experiment
  2. Sara Doolittle-Llanos – Plastic as a vector for marine invasive species in the Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador
  3. Maha Cziesielski - Investigating transcriptome and proteome heat stress response of the cnidarian model organism Exaiptasia pallida


Collection of Contributions

You can download the complete abstract compilation here.



Next year there will be a YOUMARES again! Between September 11th and 14th 2018 the YOUMARES 9 will take place in Oldenburg.

YOUMARES is the only conference and network meeting, that provides a platform and access to the stage of science for young marine scientists and engineers from undergraduate level. And boosts the interaction between scientific youngsters and seniors.


So much for now, we keep in touch, follow us on twitter or facebook
Viola Liebich and Simon Jungblut


The Oceans: Our research, Our Future
Oldenburg, 11 to 14th September 2018

We want YOU and your session at YOUMARES 9, on September 11 to 14th 2018 in Oldenburg!

The conference topic is “The oceans: our research, our future” and we are sure that your topic fits that scope ;-).

YOU as advanced (Master or PhD) student have a broad overview as well as a detailed understanding of your marine research subject? And YOUR field of investigation or interest should become a focus? Great!
YOU can chair a scientific session for a young, professional audience!
YOU will publish a peer-reviewed review article in the YOUMARES Conference Proceedings 2018 which will be part of the “Reports on Polar and Marine Research*”!

YOU and one invited speaker for your session will be free of conference fees.

Apply to with your own session (alone or as a team of two) for YOUMARES 2018; deadline is January 31st.

Please send:

  1. A motivation letter of max 1 page stating your experience on the proposed topic and why you want to become a host
  2. Your most recent CV
  3. A “Call for Abstracts” (basically a content description) for your session of max 100 words (excl title)




Look forward to the art of Wally Bluhm, an environmental artist, using mixed media to visualize for example ocean pressures. You will see some of it already during the Icebreaker!


And visit her gallery online:




Remember your last conference or bigger meeting, where a caterer provided coffee and big piles of these little white cups (I call them hospital cups) were used? To me that is always a feeling of anonymity. Often you put your cup down, turn around and forgot which one was yours. In the next break you take a fresh one anyway…

However, a colorful and sometimes weird cup or mug belongs in every lab ;-). I don’t know how our thesis work would make any kind of progress without the morning, afternoon, or late evening coffee or tea. And the breaks with the colleagues seem to be huge support since a lot of people mention the nice atmosphere at the acknowledgement of their thesis.

So, bring your own cup to swap! Ask your parents or grandparents maybe or someone who moves houses, often they can spare one. Maybe you have one which you don’t mind to swap anyway. If you don’t bring one (for example because of travel arrangements or you can’t spare one) then don’t worry! Some of us locals will bring some more. Everyone will be able to use one and take it home. For example, I bring one from my student time where I scored an institute cup for holding my tooth brush from a house mate which he then simply forgot.

We will have access to a kitchen with possibilities to use the sink or even dishwasher to clean your cup in-between ;-). So let’s make the difference and enjoy this sustainable and fun way to bring new memories into our labs back home.


Oceans across boundaries: Learning from each other
Kiel, 13 to 15 September 2017


We are glad to announce the sessions of the YOUMARES 8 edition:

  1. Sentinels of the Sea: Ecology and Conservation of Marine Top Predators
    Dominik A. Nachtsheim and Brigitte C. Heylen
  2. Reading the book of life – omics as a universal tool across disciplines
    Jan D. Brüwer and Hagen Buck-Wiese
  3. Physical processes in the tropical and subtropical oceans: Variability, impacts, and connections to other components of the climate system
    Tina Dippe and Martin Krebs
  4. Cephalopods: Life histories of evolution and adaptations
    Fedor Lishchenko and Richard Schwarz
  5. Ecosystems dynamics in a changing world: regime shifts and resilience in marine communities
    Camilla Sguotti and Xochitl Cormon
  6. The interplay between marine biodiversity and ecosystems functioning: patterns and mechanisms in a changing world
    Francisco R. Barboza, Maysa Ito and Markus Franz
  7. Ocean optics and ocean color remote sensing
    Veloisa Mascarenhas, Yangyang Liu and Therese Keck
  8. Polar ecosystems in the age of climate change
    Maciej Mańko and Katarzyna Walczyńska
  9. The physics of the Arctic and Subarctic oceans in a changing climate
    Camila Campos and Myriel Horn
  10. Phytoplankton in a changing environment – adaptation mechanisms and ecological surveys
    Jana Geuer and Laura Käse
  11. How do they do it? – Understanding the success of marine invasive species
    Jonas Geburzi and Morgan L. McCarthy
  12. Coastal ecosystem restoration – innovations for a better tomorrow
    Jana Carus and Matthias Goerres
  13. Microplastics in aquatic habitats – environmental concentrations and consequences
    Thea Hamm, Claudia Lorenz and Sarah Piehl
  14. Tropical aquatic ecosystems across time, space and disciplines
    Mona Andskog, Hannah Earp, Natalie Prinz and Maha Cziesielski
  15. Open Session
    Simon Jungblut


You are willing to contribute your research outcomes to one of the sessions above? Then submit now your abstract for oral and or poster presentation and a short CV. Have a look at the session descriptions and the abstract preparation guidelines and submit it to not later than June 30th 2017.


The session chairs will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for YOUMARES 8 based on objective criteria

If you want to register already without giving a presentation or showing a poster please contact