YOUMARES 2019 in Bremen

Save the date! YOUMARES 2019 will take place from 24 to 27 September in Bremen. We are happy to be hosted by BreMarE (Bremen Marine Ecology), the marine biology research unit of the University of Bremen. Furthermore, we are glad to get organizational support from the secretary`s office of the International Coral Reef Symposium 2020 and the MARUM, the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences.

We will start the conference on 24 September with an icebreaker event in the foyer of the MARUM. From the day after on, we will have talks and poster presentations as well as plenary discussions, workshops, and excursions. On 27 September, everybody is welcome to conclude YOUMARES 2019 with the post-conference clubbing.


Call for Sessions - YOUMARES 2019

We want YOU and your session at YOUMARES 2019, on September 24 to 27 2019 in Bremen!


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! This requires the handling of the presenter’s abstracts and the moderation of the session during the conference.

YOU will publish a peer-reviewed review article (plus the abstracts of your session) in the YOUMARES Conference Proceedings 2019, which will be published as open access book with Springer.

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 2019; deadline is 28 February 2019. Please note that this deadline will not be postponed!


Please send:

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


*article submission deadline: 15 May 2019. For a previous ebook, have a look here


How to stay updated

If you want stay update about YOUMARES news, please register to our newsletter. Even if you did so before, please do it again (you heard about all the data safety issues). Also, like us on Facebook of Twitter, which also helps to stay informed!


Open Access ebook of YOUMARES 2017 published

We are very happy to announce that the proceedings of YOUMARES 2017 got published at the end of August 2018. This book consists of literature reviews authored by the session hosts covering their field of expertise. Additionally, all abstracts of the oral and poster presentations of YOUMARES 2017 are included. Thus, this book discusses highly topical fields of cutting-edge marine research and aims to act as a source of knowledge and inspiration for further reading. It is a fantastic compilation of work by (y)our YOUMARES participants!

And the best is: You can download this open access book and the single chapters for free here:

Have a look at the chapters and the abstracts:

YOUMARES – A Conference from and for YOUng MARine RESearchers
Viola Liebich, Maya Bode, and Simon Jungblut

Can Climate Models Simulate the Observed Strong Summer Surface Cooling in the Equatorial Atlantic?
Tina Dippe, Martin Krebs, Jan Harlaß, and Joke F. Lübbecke

The Physical System of the Arctic Ocean and Subarctic Seas in a Changing Climate
Camila Campos and Myriel Horn

Marine Optics and Ocean Color Remote Sensing
Veloisa Mascarenhas and Therese Keck

Phytoplankton Responses to Marine Climate Change – An Introduction
Laura Käse and Jana K. Geuer

Reading the Book of Life – Omics as a Universal Tool Across Disciplines
Jan David Brüwer and Hagen Buck-Wiese

Bio-telemetry as an Essential Tool in Movement Ecology and Marine Conservation
Brigitte C. Heylen and Dominik A. Nachtsheim

How Do They Do It? – Understanding the Success of Marine Invasive Species
Jonas C. Geburzi and Morgan L. McCarthy

For a World Without Boundaries: Connectivity Between Marine Tropical Ecosystems in Times of Change
Hannah S. Earp, Natalie Prinz, Maha J. Cziesielski, and Mona Andskog

Arctic Ocean Biodiversity and DNA Barcoding – A Climate Change Perspective
Katarzyna S. Walczyńska, Maciej K. Mańko, and Agata Weydmann

Regime Shifts – A Global Challenge for the Sustainable Use of Our Marine Resources
Camilla Sguotti and Xochitl Cormon

Biodiversity and the Functioning of Ecosystems in the Age of Global Change: Integrating Knowledge Across Scales
Francisco R. Barboza, Maysa Ito, and Markus Franz

Microplastics in Aquatic Systems – Monitoring Methods and Biological Consequences
Thea Hamm, Claudia Lorenz, and Sarah Piehl

Appendices (List of participants and Abstracts)

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: