Venues, Travel & Accommodation

YOUMARES 8 will take place in Kiel on September 13-15th 2017! Below you can find information on the venues as well as travel advice and recommendations for accommodations.

Conference Venue

We are very happy that we can meet at Kiel University, place of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” with organizational support of the “Integrated School of Ocean Sciences” (ISOS).

Kiel has always been an important maritime city with a long history  of ship and submarine building and the traditional home of the German navy’s  Baltic fleet. Kiel is also an important transport hub with the busiest artificial waterway  in the world, the Kiel Canal, connecting the North Sea with the Baltic Sea and a number of passenger ferries going to Scandinavia and other Baltic States. It is also very famous  for its annual sailing event, the Kiel Week, which takes place in June and is the biggest sailing event in the world.

Kiel University is the scientific centre of  Schleswig-Holstein. At its institutes, more than 24,000 students learn their trade,  about 2,000 scientists teach and do research in one of their eight faculties. They  educate students in 185 degree programs and approximately 80 different areas  ranging from Agricultural Science to Zoology. During its long history, the city of Kiel and the University have formed tight bonds.

The Cluster of Excellence Future Ocean was initiated in 2006 during the first phase of  the Excellence Initiative and has already revolutionized the structure and direction of  university collaboration with its partners, both within and beyond Marine Sciences. The Cluster is a network of researchers from seven faculties of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel (CAU), two research institutes, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research  (GEOMAR) and Leibniz Institute for the World Economy (IfW), as well as the Muthesius  Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MKHS).

Pictures: Jürgen Haacks / Uni Kiel


Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel
Leibnizstrasse 1-3
24118 Kiel

Leibnizstrasse 1-3, 24118 Kiel

Icebreaker Venue

As usually, we meet for an icebreaker event on the first evening: Wednesday, 13th September 2017 at GEOMAR.

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute has four big research divisions which are Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor.

Marine Sciences have a long standing tradition in Kiel which lead to the foundation of the “Laboratory for International Marine Research” in 1902, subsequently the “Institut für Meereskunde” (IfM) in 1937 and an additional Marine Geoscience Institute, “Geomar”, in 1987. In 2004, both institutes merged and became “IfM-GEOMAR”. Since 2012, the institute was renamed to “GEOMAR” and is now part of the Helmholtz association.

Pictures: Jan Steffen, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


GEOMAR – Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research
Westshore Campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
24105 Kiel

Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel



If you arrive by train, get off at Kiel Hauptbahnhof (main train station) which is located in the city centre. Exiting the train station to your left brings you directly to the city bus stops. Taxis can be found directly in front of station.

There is a dense net of city buses available in Kiel by the KVG. One adult fare is 2,60€ (prize level 2) and a day ticket costs 7,80€.


To get to the conference venue from the city centre/ main train station, you can take bus 61 (towards Rungholtplatz), leaving from platform B2, or bus 81 (towards Botanischer Garten), leaving from platform D1, and get off at “Leibnizstrasse”.

The bus ride takes 21 to 26 min.  When you get off you cross the street to enter Leibnizstrasse and the venue is the first building on the left side.


To get to the icebreaker venue from the city centre / main train station you can take bus 41 (towards Tannenberg) and 42 (towards Rungholtplatz), both leaving from platform B3 and you get off at “Schwanenweg”.

The bus ride only takes 8 min and the buses come  every 15 min. When you get off, just walk 50 m back in the direction the bus came from and the main entrance of GEOMAR is on your left!



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