YOUMARES is the name for the international conference of young marine researchers and engineers organized by the study group of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM). This event addresses all young marine scientists and engineers from all disciplines of fundamental and applied research, industry and other relevant fields coming from Germany and the rest of the world. In 2012 YOUMARES will continue its success story in the third year.

The 2012 slogan is: "Between space and seafloor - aqua vita est"
YOUMARES 3.0 takes place from 12.-14. September 2012 in Luebeck, Germany.


Abstract submission is possible from now on

We invite all interested students and colleagues to submit their abstract to one of the following theme sessions:

  1. Aliens from inner space: Where do they come from, what do they do an how can we stop them?
  2. Between Sea and Anthroposphere: Marine socio-economics in an era of global change
  3. Environmental changes in the pelagic: consequences and acclimatization strategies - from plankton to fish
  4. Integrated Aquaculture - Polyculture of plants, invertebrates and finfish
  5. Ocean Modelling: Theory & Concepts
  6. Physical Oceanography - Between Measuring and Modelling
  7. Reefs from shallow to deep - environmental constraints and perspectives
  8. The aquatic climate archive: tracking the rise and fall of ancient civilizations. Lessons from the past, for the present and the future?
  9. Water resources in coastal areas - scarcity and management implications

Please prepare your abstract for submission to one of these theme sessions following these guidelines and send it to

The members of the Young Science Committee (YSC) will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for Youmares 3 based on objective criteria.

The decision for oral presentations and a first round of poster presentations will be made until 1st May. The final submission deadline for poster presentations is 15th July.


Registration is open from now on

Please follow these steps to register for the conference:

Register (name, username, email, password) to our website/booking
system (click here). Please take note of our Terms and Conditions.
Return to the registration website
Choose the right registration rate for you (normal or reduced)
Fill in all the specified details and click "BOOK"
Transfer the registration rate to the following bank account.

Registration Fees:

Previliged registration before 15th August includes: icebreaker, coffee breaks, extended conference proceedings, conference bag with give-aways. Later registration will be possible, but the full range of aformentioned services cannot be guaranteed.

50 Euro PhD students, PostDocs and other employed participants
30 Euro Regular students and unemployed participants


50 % for DGM-Members, 20 % for members of other partner organizations

Free trial membership in the DGM for one year for newbies only


A special venue for a special event!

Youmares 3 is organized in close cooperation with EMB Fraunhofer Research Institution for Marine Biotechnology and its local head Prof. Dr. Charli Kruse. The Institute concentrates on fields of cellular technology, aquatic biotechnology and cell-based medical techniques.

We have been looking hard for a decent venue to host this special event and WE HAVE FOUND IT!

The Hanseatic City of Luebeck is, situated at the river Trave, Germany's gate to the Baltic. The Brick Stone Gothic gives the Queen of the Hanse a unique flair of maritime modernity with historical memory. Niederegger Marzipan is probably as well known as Thomas Mann's first novel "Buddenbrooks". In 2012 Luebeck is celebrating having been elected as the German "City of Science". (only in German). The conference venue will be "Die Gemeinnuetzige" in down-town Luebeck. Plenty of accomodation and culinary opportunites in close proximity. Please have a look at our website for further info.


YOUMARES Award 2012

In 2012 the German Society for Marine Research (DGM) will bestow for the second time the YOUMARES AWARD which is addressed to students of all disciplines of marine research as well as high school seniors. Eligible for the prize will be exceptional student papers that are generally intelligible, written in German or English, have a length of about 5,000 words (plus references), and may be based on an individual or a group effort.

The AWARD consists of a travelling trophy, gratuitous conference participation, and material prizes of a value of about 1,500 Euros. The three best papers will be published in the printed newsletter of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM-Mitteilungen) as well as online.

On our website ( you can find all the latest information about the conference (registration, abstract submission, programme), the call for application for the YOUMARES AWARD 2012 and other activities. If you want to make sure that you are not missing out any of the latest announcements, register yourself for our newsletter.

We are very much looking forward to your contributions that will help to make YOUMARES 3.0 once more a very successfull event for young marine researchers. On behalf of the whole 2012-YOUMARES organization team and the German Society of Marine Research we are looking forward to meeting you in Luebeck soon!

Marc Einsporn & Stefan Meyer