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.


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Viola Liebich and Simon Jungblut


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