Starting off as a national students' event, Youmares has expanded over the years to a bottom-up worldwide network and international meeting of young ocean researchers and experts.

Preceded by the annual meeting of the German Society of Marine Research (DGM) and the DGM-Forum, Youmares 7 was again a great success where we could enjoy the various talks and workshops as well as spending time together. Many ideas and contacts were exchanged which is the main idea - and it was truly inspiring.

Around 110 participants joined Youmares 7 at the University of Hamburg. Eleven sessions gave an insight into the research fields of young researchers and students. It is one of the charming aspects of Youmares that also Bachelor and Master students have an audience to present their work. Young scientists organised everything informally, always a hand to give and a hand to receive help, that in the end everyone was sitting with an 'UR-Knall'- beer philosophising about how we can really manage EU-fisheries or dancing their PhDs in the Volt-Bar… Thanks for that experience!

And if you want: download the conference proceedings of YOUMARES 7, including all abstracts, proceedings articles and the programme


Support for Youmares 8
As every year, we need your help to realize our oncoming conference and network meeting. Youmares is non-profit oriented, still we need money and resources to make it happen. Take advantage and present your company or institution and become a sponsor of Youmares or participate in our exhibition in order to support the young marine researcher community. Contact

Also, we welcome your hands for organizing Youmares 8. If you are interested in joining as a volunteer and in getting involved with tasks beforehand or at the conference itself please contact us under


Lisa Hentschel presented the working group Oceanphilosophers founded after the Youmares conference in 2015 and invited participants to join. The platform is now being set up, see:

Are you interested to participate? Then contribute to newsletters and join our Oceanphilosophers meetings!
Send a mail to:


Let’s see each other in Kiel - we keep in touch; follow us on twitter or facebook.

Best wishes,
Viola Liebich (on behalf of the Youmares organization team)


Get your special YOUMARES 7  T-Shirt! Or get the design printed on your own shirts or bags! We will have a printing action on site! Our friends from Siebdruckwertstatt Bremen will join as like as last year. You may buy a shirt or feel free to bring your own shirts and print them!


Be aware of the extended deadline: July 15th 2016 for abstract submissions!

We are happy to announce this year´s sessions:

  1. From egg to juvenile: Advances and novel applications to study the early life history stages of fishes
    Franziska Bils, Maik Tiedemann
  2. Dissolved organic matter in aquatic systems: Assessment and applications
    Rafael Conçalves-Araujo
  3. Fighting eutrophication in shallow coastal waters
    Nardine Stybel, Dr. René Friedland
  4. Deep, dark and cold – Frontiers in polar and deep sea research
    Alexandra Schoenle, Tom Langbehn
  5. Going global: Invasive and range-expanding species
    Simon Jungblut
  6. How do communities adapt?
    Giannina Hattich, Luisa Listmann
  7. Marine species interactions and ecosystem dynamics: Implications for management and conservation
    Dr. Xochitl Cormon, Moritz Stäbler, Alexander Keth
  8. Coastal and marine pollution in the Anthropocene: Identifying contaminants and processes
    Anderson Abel de Souza Machado
  9. Social dimensions of environmental change in the coastal marine realm
    Janne Rohe, Stefan Partelow, Martin Lukas, Eric Tomatey Lawer, Katie Nelson, Rebecca Borges
  10. Phytoplankton: Are we all looking at it differently? Diverse methods and approaches to the study of marine phytoplankton
    Ingrid M. Angel Benavides, Larissa K. Schultze
  11. Coral reefs and people in changing times
    Ryan McAndrews, Jan-Claas Dajka

You are willing to contribute your research outcomes to one of the sessions above?

Please prepare your abstracts for oral and or poster presentation (350 words max) for submission to one of the sessions above following the guidelines shown on the website and send it to abstract(at) until 15th of July latest.

The session chairs will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for YOUMARES 7 based on objective criteria.

Please look at the submission guidelines prior to sending your abstracts.


26 participants - 10 sessions - 47 presentations - 29 posters

Thank you very much for your attendance and contribution to YOUMARES 6. It was a great pleasure to meet you all at the network meeting, and we hope that YOUMARES was fruitful and rewarding for you!

And if you are interested, download the book of abstracts YOUMARES 6.


We are online again! We are announcing the HOT TOPICS for this year´s YOUMARES 6.
We welcome you, young marine researchers, to participate at YOUMARES 6, apply now with your abstracts to the conference.

Hot Topics and Participation

This year we are going to have a diverse selection of 14 sessions:

  1. Frame works for sustainable management of water resources
    Sirak Robele
  2. Population genetics as a powerful tool for the management and sustainability of natural resources
    Alfonso Pita
  3. Cephalopods and Society: scientific applications using cephalopods as models
    Felipe Briceño, Sílvia Lourenço, Augusto Crespi, Stefanie Keller, Rigoberto Rosas
  4. Challenges and innovative solutions for monitoring pollution and restoration of coastal areas
    Tatiane Combi, Abel Anderson de Souza Machado
  5. ScienceTainment
    Jasmin Heiden, Christina Hörterer
  6. From invasive species to novel ecosystems
    Simon Jungblut, Merle Bollen
  7. From outer space to the deep-sea: remote sensing in the 21st century
    Matthias Biber
  8. No living without the ocean: social-ecological systems in the marine realm
    Lotta Kluger, Sophia Kochalski, Miriam S. Müller, Philipp Gorris, Giovanni Romagnoni
  9. How our behavior can make the difference in ocean conservation
    Isabel Richter
  10. Recent approaches in coral reef research: traditional and novel applications towards building resilience
    Elena Barth, Claudia Pogoreutz, Ines Stuhldreier
  11. Latest developments in land-based aquaculture
    Björn Suckow, Carlos Espinal
  12. Active study in times of Bologna
    Michael Ginzburg
  13. Multispecies and ecosystem models for fisheries management and marine conservation
    Moritz Stäbler, Alexander Keth
  14. Aquatic plastic pollution
    Lena Heel, Magnus Svendsen Nerheim

You are willing to contribute your research outcomes to one of the sessions? Please prepare your abstracts for oral and or poster presentation (350 words max) for submission to one of the hot topics above following the guidelines shown on the website and send it to abstract(at) until 15th of June latest.

The members of the Young Science Committee (YSC) will assess the quality of submitted abstracts and will select oral and poster presentations for YOUMARES 6 based on objective criteria.


DGM Meeresforum and YOUMARES
This year the German Society for Marine Research (DGM e.V.) celebrates its 35th anniversary. On this occasion, the DGM-Meeresforum will be hosted with the aim to promote the exchange and networking of stakeholders in marine research in Germany and develop perspectives for future research goals. Pulse lectures by renowned faculty members and innovative formats such as the "Barcamp" are intended to stimulate discussion between scientists, business and the public and develop ideas for future workshops on selected courses of action within the exploration of the Sea.

The event starts with the DGM General Assembly (September 14th, 2015) and ends with an "Icebreaker" (September 16th, 2015), which is jointly organized with YOUMARES 6. On a boat trip on the river Weser and a mentor program the close cooperation with young scientists is searched.


SPP Antarktisforschung presents: Women in (polar) research - panel discussion

Inspired by last years panel discussion at the ECC in Bremen on networking, we decided to organize  a panel discussion ourselves. At the ECC the discussion drifted into one direction that we want to look at more profoundly now: Women in research! As this will be supported by our partner program  "Antarctic Research with Comparable Investigations in Arctic Sea Ice" we have invited women that are working in polar sciences. Claudia Hanfland from the Helmholtz Graduate School for Polar and Marine Research (POLMAR, AWI Bremerhaven) will moderate the discussion between

  • KirchgaessnerDr. Amélie Kirchgaessner, who is working for the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge as an Atmospheric Scientist. She has been a member of Earth Sciences Women’s Network (ESWN) for over ten years and is particularly interested in strengthening ESWN in Europe. Amélie recently spoke on a panel about networking at ESWN’s 2014 Networking Workshop in Kiel, Germany.


  • Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, a founding member andRoberston-vonTrotha director of the ZAK, Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). ZAK promotes interdisciplinarity at the University: it integrates substantial matter of social sciences and cultural studies into the study field of technological expertise, and vice versa, to impart economic and technological expertise to students of humanities and social sciences.


  • PiechullaProf. Dr. Birgit Piechulla, Vice Rector for Research and Research Education at Rostock University, who has not only published the reknown study book "Plant Biochemsistry", but also compiled vitae of different women who have become successful in their fields of research and starting family at the same time.



Partners: IUP and SEA Networks e.V.

YOUMARES 6 as well as the DGM-Meeresforum are taking place at the University of Bremen (NW1 building). Hosted by our partner the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP), University of Bremen. A large foyer, several lecture halls and seminar rooms offer us exchange and discussion in smaller and bigger groups and furthermore room for the issue exhibition and poster.

We are also happy about our fruitful collaboration with SEA Networks e.V. who are also very dedicated to make this years YOUMARES Award a success



YOUMARES and SEA Networks encourage interested pupils and students to apply for the YOUMARES Award. This year commonly understandable scientific work (project work, documentation of private initiatives, not yet submitted papers, abstracts of theses) with an extent of min. 5,000 words (excluding references / directory) that were composed in German language will be considered. To participate, submit your document as PDF file until June 15th, 2015.

The winners will be awarded with wonderful prices by SEA Networks and HYDRA Institute. Take advantage to present your company or institution by sponsor YOUMARES or participate in our exhibition in order to support the young researcher community. Contact info@youmares.netSo much for now, we keep in touch, follow us on twitter or facebook

Vera Golz and Sabrina Kalita


YOUMARES 5 with more than 100 partcicpants, guests, speakers, session-chairs from more than 8 nations has taken place successfully in Stralsund from 10th -12th of September, 2014). The 2 ½-day program included 33 lectures and 15 posters in the unique ambiance of our host, the OZEANEUM, directly att he harbour site of Stralsund. In workshops and field trips, the participants could besides visiting the OZEANEUM, learn from our partner Springer Media and Business all about scientific publishing, discuss with Aldebaran Marine Research & Media on knowledge transfer and visit two exhibitions offered in Stralsund about plastic pollution in the sea. As part of our poster session, the participants were also able to check company and career opportunities.


Awards! Awards! Awards!

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

Best Poster:

  1. Lindan Mlambo - Population dynamics of euphausiid species of the Benguela current off the Namibian coast
  2. Luisa Federwisch, Glass sponge environments in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica (Session: Cold water research from high latitudes coasts to deep sea trenches)
  3. Steffi Meyer - Evaluating the impact of scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) cultivation on the benthic infaunal community in Sechura Bay, Peru (Session:Aquaculture in a changing ocean)

Best Talk:

  1. Duygu Sevgi Sevilgen, - The response of subtidal microphytobenthos communities from a temperate and arctic site to rapid temperature increases (Session: Cold water research from high latitudes coasts to deep sea trenches)
  2. Isabel Richter, Changing oceans - changing seafood consumption (Session: individual engagement in environmental change)
  3. Ines Stuhldreier - Coral reef functioning in upwelling-influenced reefs at the Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Session: Coral Reef ecology, management and conservation in a rapidly changing ocean environment)


Collection of Contributions

You can download the complete abstract compilation here.
Thanks to our supporters

With great support we were able to provide and conduct YOUMARES 5:
SubCTech, EMB Fraunhofer, GMT, POLMAR, Springer Media and Business, Sea and Sun, Störtebeker Brauereimanufaktur, Kaffeerösterei Monopol, Aldebaran Research & Broadcast, Jobvector, HYDRA, Hydrobios, huddle, Das Meer – unser blaues Wunder and our host the OZEANEUM!



Next year there will be a YOUMARES again! Between September 16th and 19th 2015 the YOUMARES 6 will take place in Bremen. The conference will be framed by the conference meeting (September 14th and 16th 2015 ) of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM) eV.

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.

Take advantage of the opportunity by sponsoring the event or participating in our exhibition to support our young researchers and alike to present your company or institution.


So much for now, we keep in touch, follow us on twitter or facebook
Vera Golz and Johanna Wiedling


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).

In September 2013 twelve months of preparations ended up in a great 2.5-day conference with high quality oral and poster presentations, excursions on and around the water, a fruitful science-to-business-meeting, lots of discussions, questions, answers, ideas and new connections.
We hope, you enjoyed it as much, as we did


YOUMARES 4 in numbers
150 participants, 45 young science committee members, 20 guests and invited speaker, 18 team-members = 233 young and eager scientists were actively involved during YOUMARES 4. It was a great success with a record of contributions: 90 abstracts, divided in 53 talks (incl. invited & keynote) and 35 Posters. Participants came from 56 different universities/institutions and represented the following countries: Netherlands, UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Brazil, France, Iran, Argentina, Indonesia, Ethiopia.


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

  1. Poster Presentations
    1.  Ramona Brunner – Session 9 – Who benefits the most? - Photosynthetic responses to light and nutrient enrichment.
    2.  Pia Kegler – Session 7 – Stressing coral reefs – combined effects of organic pollutants and ocean warming
    3.  Astrid Böhmer – Session 10 – Responses of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus to future CO2 concentrations
  2. Oral Presentations
    1.  Daan Mes – Session 9 – Light harvesting strategies of benthic cyanobacteria on a coral reef on Curacao
    2. Megan Nowell – Session 6 – Composition, configuration or complexity: spatial metric to manage disturbed seascapes
    3.   Julia Hämer – Session 6 – Uptake, Transport and Deposition of Microplastics in Marine Isopods


Collection of Contribution & RIMSE
You can find the complete abstract compilation here.
The conference book “RIMSE - Recent Impulses to Marine Science and Engineering” is available as exclusive book edition only. Please order via our DGM office . The regular prize of 10 € includes shipping within Germany. Of course, it can also be sent to other countries. Please contact us regarding the shipping costs.


Thanks to our supporters!
With great support we were able to provide and conduct YOUMARES 4:
Graduate School Carl-von-Ossietzky University, EWE Foundation, SubCtech, Fraunhofer EMB, German Association for Marine Technology (GMT), Hydrobios,ALDEBARAN Marine Research & Broadcast, HYDRA Institute for Marine Sciences


Young scientists were part of the pilot project PLARIMAR „PLAstic in RIvers and the MArine Realm“. You can be a fan on sciencestarter or 'like it' on facebook


You are wondering about YOUMARES 5? Well, we are in discussions about the partner and the place! Any news will be announced as soon as possible on this website and on facebook

Looking forward to see you again,


Since its humble beginnings as a half-day meeting in 2010, YOUMARES has grown tremendously and has developed into the largest meeting for young marine scientists in Germany. It is now well-known among young researchers as an excellent platform to present results to peers in a professional atmosphere that, at the same time, still manages to avoid the sometimes awe-inspiring character of established scientific meetings. It has also developed a reputation as a good place to exchange, network and foster ideas. In short, it has grown up while remaining young at heart.

From the second meeting onward, YOUMARES has attracted young researchers beyond Germany, and nowadays, it is not unusual to have participants from outside of Europe. The broad range of topics covered, reflects the rich and dynamic nature of young marine research. The diversity of participants and topics, as well as the growth in scope, reflect the active participation and commitment of the community that is behind YOUMARES. When I first became active in the small working group of the DGM from which the original idea for a ‘small network meeting’ developed, I had a vague idea of a potential platform that would reflect the current situation of students in the broad area of marine sciences and would provide some opportunities for exchange of thoughts and experiences. YOUMARES has since outgrown our wildest thoughts.

The wide range of topics and interdisciplinary character for me is one of the most important aspects of YOUMARES. Having spent my post-doc between ecology and social sciences, I know that while the issues faced in marine sciences often touch upon a number of areas, collaboration or even communication across scientific disciplines in most cases remains difficult. This is changing with the younger generation of scientists, who grow up in an academic environment where disciplinary barriers are increasingly blurred. The first step towards interdisciplinary thinking is done when one develops an interest for the questions posed by researchers from other areas, and YOUMARES is a prime example for such broad interest.

Inherent in any organization carried by and aimed at a young constituency, there is a constant flux of individuals – some people choose different paths, newcomers enter the scene. While some may see this as a risk for long-term institutional sustainability, I believe that this is another strong point of YOUMARES. After all, young science, indeed any science aiming to be relevant and innovative, needs to be abreast of current developments and thrives from the influx of new ideas. So far, YOUMARES has found the right balance between consistency and change, and in fact has thrived under constant new inputs.

For the future of YOUMARES, I hope that this event becomes a constant in the European marine science scene, that young researchers will continue to feel compelled to actively network and exchange views, and that this event will continue to reflect the breadth and latest trends of marine research. Certainly, this will also entail changes – I am waiting for the first YOUMARES outside Germany, and the potentials of virtual platforms for collaboration and exchange might be used beyond the planning phase – but I am confident that YOUMARES is here to stay.

Marine science is a small world where networks are important not only for guidance and support, but also for creativity and inspiration. I am sure that even while our professional paths progress from the ‘young’ phase onwards, we will remain connected by the links that YOUMARES establishes.

Dr. Sebastian Ferse
Head of YOUMARES Young Science Committee


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